The Neighbours theme song topped the UK music charts this week, despite news that the serial is being cancelled.
And the song’s original vocalist, Australian musician Barry Crocker, 86, has disclosed that the track was recorded in just one hour in 1985.
Barry claims that he offered the song to Reg Grundy, the show’s producer, who liked it so much that he used the demo.
‘It happened quickly, and it was a simple task for me to complete.’ On Friday, he told TV Tonight that it took roughly an hour of his time.
‘If Reg were still living today, he’d be overjoyed that Neighbours had reached number one.’ Absolutely.’
Barry’s version of the song was broadcast on television until 1992, and it is still the most famous rendition of the popular theme tune.
The crooner claims that the track was a hit with UK soap fans, and he’d often perform it on tour.
‘I went over there for a short vacation and put on a couple of gigs,’ he explained, ‘and my billing was ‘Starring the man who sings the Neighbours theme!’
‘They’d go crazy, and I’d have to do it all over again!’ ‘However, it was always a charming little melody,’ continued Barry.
He went on to say that he hopes it becomes “the little song that saved Neighbours” and that its popularity on the charts spurs a new network to pick up the show.
Last Thursday, Channel 5 announced that Neighbours would be cancelled after this summer.
Fans of the long-running Australian soap aren’t giving up without a fight, as the original intro theme has soared to the top of iTunes and Amazon music charts thanks to their combined effort, which was inspired by a Twitter thread.
It has dethroned Ed Sheeran’s Joker And The Queen from the top place, all thanks to the passionate – and heartbroken – fans of Neighbours.
One superfan, dubbed a genius by many, used the hashtag’saveneighbours’ to rally support earlier this week.
‘What if we all downloaded Barry Crocker’s original Neighbours theme from iTunes and Spotify and tried to get it in the charts to show how much we love it?’ read the tweet.
‘Perhaps that will assist to bring greater notice to how much @NeighboursTV is loved and needed in our lives.’ #saveneighbours’.
A representative for Channel 5 said last week that the decision to cancel Neighbours was made because the network’s “current focus is on growing our commitment in original UK drama.”
The Australian Soap, which continues to attract 1.2 million UK viewers every day, has been on the air in Australia since 1985, but it is apparently set to be cancelled three years before its 40th anniversary.
The news comes after it was reported that Neighbours executives were about to cancel the show entirely, and that they wanted to go out with a flourish by bringing back an iconic celebrity like Kylie Minogue.