Joe Fagin

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Joe Fagin
Born January 1940 (1940-01) (age 78)
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960s–present

Joe Fagin (born January 1940) is a British pop singer-songwriter. He is best known for the 1984 chart hit Breakin' Away / That's Livin' Alright, and for singing a version of "As Time Goes By" for the 1990s BBC comedy series of the same name starring Judi Dench. He now has retired from singing and songwriting, and has become a driving instructor for Army recruits going through their training.


Fagin was musical director for Jim Davidson, including his 1983 Falklands tour. "Breakin' Away" / "That's Livin' Alright", the opening and closing theme songs to the first series of the comedy-drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, which as a double A-side reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1984.[1]

In 1985 he was part of The Crowd, which reached number one with the charity single "You'll Never Walk Alone" for the Bradford City stadium fire.[2][3]

"Get it Right" and "Back With the Boys Again", the two songs for the second series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, were also released as a single, reaching number 53 in 1986.[1]

He also sang the version of "As Time Goes By" used as the theme of the sitcom of the same name.

Fagin released a greatest hits album in 1996,[4] which included a cover of the Beatles song She's Leaving Home.

"Breakin' Away" / "That's Livin' Alright" was re-released when Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was repeated on Channel 4 in 1996.

A reworked version of "That's Living Alright" was released on 5 June 2006 for the World Cup. However, "That's England Alright" was an unofficial song, since Embrace were chosen to record the official song, "World at Your Feet".[5]

He is now a driving instructor who delivers driving lessons to young recruits for the British Army.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 192. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 405. CN 5585.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 128. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ amazon site
  5. ^ "TV theme reworked for World Cup". BBC News. 5 April 2006.

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