Joe Fagin who sang legendary theme song to classic BBC sitcom Auf Wiedersehen, Pet dies aged 83
- Joe Fagin, who sang Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’s theme tune, died at the age of 83
- Fans of the hit show, which aired in the 1980s, mourned his death
- The show’s theme tune became an unofficial anthem for the 2006 World Cup
Fans of the legendary BBC sitcom Auf Wiedersehen, Pet are in mourning after it was announced that singer Joe Fagin, who sang the show’s theme tune, had died at the age of 83.
The pop singer was best known for his hit song ‘Breakin’ Away/That’s Livin’ Alright’, which was used as the legendary 80s show’s theme tune.
He also sung a version of ‘As Time Goes By’ for a 1990s BBC comedy that went by the same name, and starred Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer.
A social media account for the hit BBC comedy-drama said: ‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. Thank you so much for the memories Joe!’
Fans of the show shared heartfelt messages upon hearing the news.
Joe Fagin (pictured), who sang the theme tune of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, had died at the age of 83
The pop singer was best known for his hit song ‘Breakin’ Away/That’s Livin’ Alright’, which was used as the legendary 80s show’s theme tune
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was a sitcom about seven British construction workers who leave the UK to find jobs abroad
One social media user said: ‘Very sad loss. Thoughts are with his family. I still have the single which I bought when I was in school. So many very found memories of a Friday night watching this classic & singing to the opening & closing titles.’
Another said: ‘Sad news. The songs he recorded for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet were absolutely perfect for the show. Rest in Peace.’
A third said: ‘Joe Fagin was an 80s icon. His music was very underrated. He made great songs for the best show and absolutely goes well with Auf Wiedersehen Pet.’
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was a sitcom about seven British construction workers who leave the UK to find jobs abroad. The show dealt with themes of inequality and change, and followed three Geordies, a Brummie, a Cockney, a Bristolian and a Scouser who tried escaping unemployment in early 80s Britain.
‘Breakin’ Away/That’s Livin’ Alright’ ended up reaching number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1984.
It was even reworked and turned into an unofficial anthem to mark the 2006 World Cup.