The retired doctor’s assistant has previously sung with the Beatles three times
Staff at Liverpool’s Park View care home had organized a picnic party with games and refreshments for residents, family and friends.
Dave Williams stunned everyone with his perfect rendition of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”.
Park View chef’s father Debbie Williams stood up and blew the room away.
The 18-year-old is no stranger to singing, having previously sung with the Beatles three times.
Guests had enjoyed a performance by local singer Toni Nesbitt before Dave asked if he could sing a song himself.
He said: “When I got up, my daughter asked me to sit down again, but I’m glad I didn’t!
“One of the viewers was a patient with dementia – after my performance I saw her singing the song to herself, which was brilliant.
“I owe my life and happiness to the NHS. I know it’s going through a bad patch but it really is an excellent service with excellent people giving 100%.”
The video of his performance shared on TikTok has garnered an incredible amount of online reactions.
The reaction has stunned the retiree, who doesn’t use social media and hadn’t even heard of the app before his performance went viral.
The video on Park View’s TikTok profile has now garnered over 500,000 views.
Who is Dave Williams?
Wellbeing coordinator Jodie Solaiman spoke to Dave after his outstanding performance and learned he had sung with the Beatles three times.
Dave started working at Sefton General Hospital when he was 15 and spent his free time practicing with his band called The Dices.
His band performed at the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Broadgreen, Liverpool in 1958 alongside Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Although 18-year-old Ringo was not yet a global superstar at the time.
Dave decided to go solo at 17 and secured a gig singing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for £3 a night at a small Brighton club.
He sang with the Beatles at the Knotty Ash Village Hall in Liverpool in 1961 after his friend asked the band if he could get up and join them.
Dave also performed to hundreds of people, including Mel C of the Spice Girls, at Paul McCartney’s 58th birthday party on June 17, 2000 at the Linda McCartney Center at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
He said: “It was all surreal and something I will never forget.
“The gig at Knotty Ash was a bit awkward – I might have been a little wrong but I got a good clap!
“People from all over the world came to celebrate Paul’s birthday. I was lucky enough to have these experiences!”
Dave has also worked for the NHS for almost 50 years, working in operating rooms around Merseyside and sharing his love of music.
How did the audience find the performance?
Jodie, 25, described how audiences were stunned by his incredibly passionate performance and powerful voice.
She said: “Words cannot explain how we all felt after his performance.
“Dave has lived an incredible life to say the least. He said he would love to perform for us again!”
Jodie shared Dave’s video on Park View’s TikTok profile and it has since garnered comments from viewers around the world praising Dave for singing his heart out and inspiring people to enjoy themselves.
Dave was amazed when he walked into his local betting shop the next day and the whole shop was clapping and cheering for him.