Joe Fagin, Voice Behind "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" Theme, Passes Away at 83

Iconic series mourns the loss of its musical soul

by Nouman Rasool
Joe Fagin, Voice Behind "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" Theme, Passes Away at 83
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In a poignant moment for fans of the iconic 1980s BBC sitcom, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the loss of Joe Fagin, the voice behind the show's renowned theme tune, has been deeply felt. The celebrated pop singer, who lent his vocals to the chart-topping 'Breakin' Away/That's Livin' Alright', passed away at the age of 83.

This song, closely associated with the series, remains a hallmark of 80s British pop culture, reaching as high as number three on the UK Singles Chart in 1984. Joe Fagin's musical prowess wasn't limited to this one hit. He also graced the airwaves with a rendition of 'As Time Goes By', the theme for a 1990s BBC comedy starring the formidable Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer.

Show's Tribute to Joe Fagin

The official social media handle for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet expressed its condolences, stating, 'Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. Thank you so much for the memories Joe!' Echoing these sentiments, fans from around the world have poured out tributes and shared personal stories.

One nostalgic fan reminisced, "Very sad loss. I still have the single which I bought in school. Fond memories of a Friday night watching this classic and belting out the opening & closing titles." Another admirer mentioned, "The songs he recorded were perfect for the show.

Rest in Peace." Not merely a catchy tune, 'Breakin' Away/That's Livin' Alright' had been revamped as an unofficial anthem for the 2006 World Cup, further highlighting its enduring appeal. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet stood out for its portrayal of seven British construction workers – three Geordies, a Brummie, a Cockney, a Bristolian, and a Scouser – searching for employment opportunities overseas.

The narrative beautifully weaved tales of the 1980s economic challenges, societal inequality, and the dynamic of change. Today, as fans and admirers remember Joe Fagin, his contribution to British pop culture and the beloved show remains etched in the hearts of many. His legacy is evident in every note sung and memory shared by those touched by his talent.