Neighbours theme song writer Jackie Trent dies aged 74

As well as penning the famous theme tune, the composer was also wrote hits for Frank Sinatra, Petula Clark and Shirley Bassey

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Jackie Trent, who co-wrote the theme song for Neighbours with her former husband Tony Hatch, has died aged 74.

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The Staffordshire-born composer passed away in hospital in Menorca on Saturday after a long illness, her spokesman said.

Best known for penning one of the most recognised theme tunes around the world with Hatch, Trent also played a part in the naming of Neighbours, which has just reached its 30th anniversary. The Australian soap’s creators were originally intending to call it Ramsay Street but Trent told them this was too close to Coronation Street.

With then husband Hatch, Trent also wrote hits for Frank Sinatra, Petula Clark and Shirley Bassey and penned Stoke City’s 1972 League Cup final song We’ll Be With You.

She even topped the charts with her own 1965 song Where Are You Now (My Love). 

Born Yvonne Burgess in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Trent began her music career when she was a child, singing in British Legion and working men’s clubs, and for troops around Europe. She secured her first recording contract in the early 1960s in London, where she met Hatch at an audition.

The pair wrote more than 400 songs together, with Nancy Wilson, Des O’Connor, Jack Jones and and Dean Martin among the other stars to sing the duo’s work.

Trent married Colin Gregory in November 2005, and the couple moved to Spain. Last year, Trent worked with two writers producing a musical based on her life.

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Neighbours is currently celebrating it’s 30th anniversary year, with Trent and Hatch’s theme tune still recognisable as the one they wrote three decades ago.