Joe Fagin, the renowned British pop singer-songwriter, left an indelible mark on the music scene with his catchy tunes and memorable hits. He is best known for his chart-topping success and contributions to popular TV series.
Born in January 1940, Joe Fagin’s musical journey was filled with remarkable achievements. One of his most iconic moments came in 1984 when he released the chart-topping hit “Breakin’ Away / That’s Livin’ Alright.” This double A-side single captured the hearts of music enthusiasts and reached an impressive number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also became the opening and closing theme songs for the first series of the beloved comedy-drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
In 1982, Fagin made his mark on the U.S. music scene with “Younger Days,” which earned a spot on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 80. This achievement showcased the broad appeal of his music.
A Charitable Endeavor
Joe Fagin’s musical talents extended beyond chart-topping hits. In 1985, he joined forces with The Crowd for a noble cause. Together, they released the charity single “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in response to the tragic Bradford City stadium fire. This heartfelt gesture reached the pinnacle of success, claiming the number one spot on the charts.
Fagin’s association with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet continued as he contributed two more songs, “Get it Right” and “Back With the Boys Again,” for the second series. These tracks were also released as a single, earning recognition in the music world, reaching number 53 in 1986.
His melodic rendition of “As Time Goes By” served as the theme song for the eponymous sitcom, adding to his already impressive portfolio.
In 1996, Joe Fagin delighted his fans by releasing a greatest hits album, which featured a captivating cover of the Beatles’ classic “She’s Leaving Home.” His music continued to resonate with audiences as his hit “Breakin’ Away / That’s Livin’ Alright” was re-released when Auf Wiedersehen, Pet made a comeback on Channel 4 in 1996.
A Lasting Legacy
Even in later years, Joe Fagin’s music remained relevant. In 2006, a reworked version of “That’s Living Alright” was released in honor of the World Cup. While it was an unofficial song, it showcased Fagin’s enduring talent.
A Fond Farewell
Sadly, on September 5, 2023, Joe Fagin bid farewell to the world at the age of 83. His contributions to music and television have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans and fellow artists alike. His songs continue to evoke nostalgia and joy, reminding us of the timeless appeal of his music. Joe Fagin’s legacy will live on through the melodies that touched the souls of many.