In 1988, via the Alan Bateman created soap opera “Home and Away,” the world was introduced to the residents of Summer Bay. With the television came a song which has endured in the hearts of millions of people around the world.
The theme, originally performed by Karen Boddington and Mark Williams, was written, produced and arranged by Mike Perjanik. Despite the popularity of the soap opera the song is named for, the Boddington and Williams duet fared poorly in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 73. Since the Boddington and Williams duet was released, several versions of the song have been released.
The most popular versions of the song, recorded in 2000 and 2004, were performed by the Australian sibling trio, The Robertson Brothers. Unfortunately, in an idiotic move made by producers of the soap opera, the iconic song is no longer used as the theme. In 2010, the theme song was replaced by a short instrumental version.
In 2000, the release of the CD “Home and Away: Songs from and Inspired by the Television Series” included the first version of the song to use only male vocals.
With the popularity of The Robertson Brothers’ “Home and Away” theme, the trio saw widespread recognition. Not surprisingly, concertgoers demanded the brothers play the song at every concert.
Even though the soap opera producers stopped using the song in the opening titles, with pressure from viewers, Luke Dolahenty and Tarryn Stokes version is still used in the closing credits for international broadcasts.