REMEMBER that annoying song “There’s No One Quite Like Grandma”?
Well, it’s back!
And original St Winifred’s Primary School choir member Dominic Blythe, of Shelley, is one of the stars of the charity single.
Having been out of the limelight for almost 30 years, the father-of-three joined his former classmates to record a new version of the 1980 number 1 single.
Dominic, 37, and 13 of the other original choir members are taking on the big guns this year in a bid to become Christmas number one.
They will go up against Robbie Williams, George Michael and the 2009 X-Factor winner who will all have singles out for Christmas.
IT consultant Dominic, who moved to Huddersfield 14 years ago, is the only man in the re-formed choir.
He was one of the youngest members of the choir back in the 80s and was just eight when the single knocked John Lennon off the number 1 spot.
Dominic said: “It would be great if everyone voted for us and we beat the X Factor single.
“It’s still a daft song but it sounds a lot better and it’s for a good cause.
“It probably is an irritating song. I’m sure it would have irritated me if I wasn’t in it.
“But some people were unfair about our singing. After all, it was a song for grans – and mine loved it.”
Innocent Smoothie company, founded by Kirkheaton businessman Richard Reed, reformed the choir to raise money for Help the Aged and Age Concern.
For the new record they enlisted the help of X Factor vocal coach Annie Skates.
Dominic told the Examiner it was really “weird” to step back into the recording studio after such a long time.
He said: “Nobody thought they would remember the words but it just came back to me and everyone else.
“And we had some vocal training from Annie Skates who helped us with the harmonies.”
Legendary producer Pete Waterman is backing the choir all the way.
He said: “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing ‘There’s No One Quite Like Grandma’ and I’m thrilled the choir has reformed to bring this fun record to a new audience.
“The charity single celebrates Grandmas everywhere and we want people to dig deep to get this song to number one to raise as much money as possible for Age Concern and Help the Aged as part of Innocent’s big knit 2009.
“It would also be great if it gave my old mate Simon Cowell’s X-Factor single a run for its money in the Christmas chart stakes.”
Dominic’s children Joseph, 13, Isaac, 13 and Madeleine, seven, are all excited about their dad’s new single and are musical themselves.
Madeleine is a member of Shelley First School choir, Joseph plays piano and Isaac plays brass in Scissett Youth Band.
“There’s No One Quite Like Grandma” is available for download now from iTunes at 79p.
To see Dominic in the music video and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, log onto www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/bigknitchoir