We are sad to hear the passing of Australian TV personality Jimmy Hannan, who has passed away at the age of 84.
A prominent face of Australian Variety TV in the 60s and 70s, Hannan also appeared in Season Two of The Late Show as a musical act that was held at the end of each episode.
The musical finale sign-off was for Mick Molloy to organise the musical guest for the episode to perform with their signature tune – as instructed by Tony Martin. However, Molloy always happened to misunderstand the instructions, and often get a personality that was polar-opposite to requested artist.
In this case, Martin asked Molloy to organise Jimmy Barnes to perform “Working Class Man”, but thought Martin said ‘Jimmy Hannan’…
This scene is also available as an Easter Egg on Olden Days / Bargearse DVD.
Will we ever see the likes of Jimmy Hannan on television again? These older style entertainers who had a variety of talents.
None of the tributes would mention how, among the different things Jimmy Hannan did, he was once a spokesperson for a chain of timeshare resorts.