On May 8, 2022, it was announced that Waterman had passed away. The iconic actor was 74 and passed away after spending some time in hospital in Spain. The British star was best known for portraying the character of professional boxer-turned-bodyguard Terry McCann on the TV show Minder.
In addition to being a successful actor, Waterman wrote and sang a number of his TV show themes, including Minder’s.
Throughout the seven seasons aired on ITV, Waterman’s voice graced the opening credits of Minder. He wrote the show’s theme song, I Could Be So Good for You, alongside his then-wife, Patricia, as well as writer Gerard Kenny.
Waterman also performed the track that would play at the start of each episode. And, to pay tribute to the actor after his death, fans started watching the hilarious clip – which you can watch below.
One fan, Dan, posted the video alongside the comment, “Everything about it is just f*****g fabulous.”
And many other Waterman fans were keen to agree. Brad said, “Singer of one of the greatest TV theme songs of all time (so many music video questions though!) Vale Dennis Waterman #Minder.” (sic)
Steve commented, “He wrote the theme tune and sang the theme tune and now now he sang his last track. RIP Dennis Watermans. Here’s a little tribute to your greatest.” (sic)
Anne added: “One of the best bits of TV ever and a really good song.” (sic)
Another fan posted, “This is one of the best pop videos I’ve ever seen. Funny, honest and simple; a great time had by all.” (sic)
Waterman’s theme song wasn’t just a hit with fans.
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Waterman’s tendency to produce and perform his own TV show’s theme songs sparked an ongoing joke on the sketch show Little Britain. In it, Matt Lucas and David Walliams parodied the actor wanting to write and sing his own theme tunes.
Lucas recently paid tribute to Waterman after learning of his death. He spoke candidly about his collaboration with Waterman on the Little Britain sketch, calling it the “highlight” of his career.
Lucas wrote: “I grew up watching Dennis Waterman’s iconic performances in The Sweeney and Minder. His appearance on our Little Britain Live show at Hammersmith Apollo – in which he hilariously dueted David’s absurd impersonation – remains the absolute highlight of my career.”
Walliams followed suit and tweeted a photo of himself with Waterman: “This is my happiest moment of my life on stage. Dennis Waterman and Dennis Waterman have come together for a special Little Britain Live Comic Relief performance at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2006. The audience went crazy when the real Dennis Waterman took the stage, he was such a big sport and acted outraged at me and Matt for superbly ridiculing him.
He added: “Dennis had wonderful comedic timing and really made both of us and the whole audience laugh. Matt and I looked at each other as we sang with him, thinking how did this all happen to us? It was like magic. We were both huge Dennis fans because of Minder, which is one of the funniest TV dramas of all time. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat. Dennis and George Cole together are perfect. I’m so glad he had a great time with us and had the last laugh.”