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1 July 2019, 15:21 | Updated: 1 July 2019, 16:35
Careless Whisper may have been released by George Michael in 1984, but the song has been given a new lease of life is a surprise viral video... featuring a farmyard audience.
Rick Herrmann, a father from Lafayette, Oregon, surprised a herd of cows with a rendition of the song in what is now being described as a "legenDAIRY" performance.
It seems even cows have a soft spot for the hit song as the cows can be seen running across the field to catch the pop-up show.
Making sure not to milk his standing ovation, Rick stopped after three songs of the beautiful moo-sic.
Rick's daughter Erin posted the clips to Twitter along with the caption: "My parents are such goofs they drove out to the backroads so my dad could play the cows the songs he’s been learning on the saxophone. Listen for the neighbour at the end."
my parents are such goofs they drove out to the backroads so my dad could play the cows the songs he’s been learning on the saxophone pt.1 pic.twitter.com/IHzgxtvo0N— Erin Herrmann (@erinmherrmann) June 26, 2019
pt.2 listen for the neighbor at the end pic.twitter.com/qdMCnZRzqh— Erin Herrmann (@erinmherrmann) June 26, 2019
After learning the saxophone for just seven months, Rick needed a noncritical audience to test out his new sound, with his wife suggesting the cattle crowd.
Starting with Stevie Wonder's 'Isn't She Lovely', Rick smoothly moved on to 'Careless Whisper' followed by a burst of 'Tequila' in the viral clip which has now attracted more than 11 million views.
Rick took to his personal Instagram account to plug the musical number and reveal more about the udderly brilliant performance.
He joked: "I’m better at coaching fitness and nutrition than I am at playing the saxophone but I’m learning.
"I started playing the sax seven months ago. I find it helpful to play in front of a large audience."
Rick went on to tell Buzzfeed News: "First of all, I love cows. I spent my summers on a dairy farm. I had a feeling they’d come up if I started to play.
"Careless Whisper is the first song everyone learns on the saxophone. I just want to make people smile. I just didn’t think it would be so soon, and to so many people."
While the cows are solid fans, the same can't be said for Rick's dog.
He laughed: "I practice at home, and my dog I don’t think is liking it very much. She chewed up all my reeds."
Fans of the viral post took to social media, with one fan of the clip questioning: "I just NEED to know, do cows have a thing for the sax, like is it scientifically proven because this was incredible. It's like they were hypnotised."
"This really warmed my heart and made me smile," posted another, as a third teased: "Whoo hoo great job! This audience gave your a standing ovation!"
"Music fans! some ran over so as to not miss the concert," added another.