‘Neighbours’ theme writer Jackie Trent dies at 74, as show celebrates 30th anniversary

Singer-songwriter died in hospital in Menorca, Spain yesterday (March 21)

Jackie Trent, the British singer-songwriter best known for co-writing the theme to TV show Neighbours and songs for Frank Sinatra, Petula Clark and Shirley Bassey, has died.

Trent died in hospital in Menorca yesterday (March 21) aged 74, BBC News reports.

Staffordshire-born Trent first reached Number One in 1965 with her song ‘Where Are You Now’. She formed a prolific and successful song writing partnership with her first husband, Tony Hatch (see picture, right), and the couple wrote hits for Shirley Bassey, Jack Jones, Nancy Wilson, Des O’Connor, Val Doonican, Vikki Carr and Dean Martin, among others.

Perhaps their most famous work is the theme from long-running soap Neighbours, which is currently celebrating 30 years on air. The track was originally performed by actor/singer Barry Crocker.

Trent and Hatch also wrote Stoke City’s 1972 League Cup final song ‘We’ll Be With You’, which is still played at all of the Premier League team’s home games. The couple divorced in 2002 having separated in 1995 and in recent years Trent remarried and moved to Spain. She has been a regular fixture on the live circuit, however, touring the UK in the musical High Society and performing live around the country. A stage musical based on her life, adapted from a yet-to-be published autobiography will open at Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre in May 2015.