KIND-HEARTED cabbie Stephen Picton is becoming a YouTube hit after attracting thousands of people viewing his charity version of a TV theme tune.
The charity champion recorded his own version of Maybe, best known as the theme tune to the 1970s show The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.
Just two weeks after putting together the finishing touches in the studio, the song has already had more than 2,000 hits on YouTube.
Stephen, 39, has sold more than 400 copies of the CD, which has helped to raise almost £1,000 for the Support Your Bowel charity.
“I just can’t believe the response of people,” said Stephen, who lives in Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool.
“When I uploaded it onto the internet no way did I expect as many hits as this, it’s fantastic.
“One woman got in touch and said if the song got 1,000 views she would donate £50, we flew past that figure then someone else said if it reached 1,500 hits they will donate another £50.
“People have just been so generous.”
Stephen added: “I have been playing the song in the taxi and one woman who was in the back started crying.
“She said she thought the song was absolutely beautiful.
“So many people have asked what the song is when they get in the taxi and have ended up buying a copy when I explain.
“I’ve had to get some more CDs printed they have been that popular.”
“I would like to thank Dawn McManus at Red Dreams as they let me use their equipment to record the song.
Stephen will be performing his hit charity record live at the final event in his mammoth fundraising challenge later this month.
And with the help of his song sales, he says he is well on way to reaching the £50,000 target.
“People are getting in touch for tickets all of the time,” he added. “I’m really looking forward to it now, it’s going to be brilliant.”
The final event is taking place at the Mayfair Centre, in Tees Road, Seaton Carew, on Thursday, March 31, from 7.30pm.
Tickets, priced at £5 are on sale now and can be bought from Alison McCabe Hairdressers, on the Headland, Streamline Taxis Office, in Tower Street, The Glass Shop, in Lister Street, Owton Manor Resource Centre, in Kilmarnock Road, and North East Home Loans, in Park Road, all Hartlepool.
Tickets and the CD can also be bought directly from Stephen by calling 07903776256.
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