Which Australian singer composed and recorded the song “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” in 1957?
In 1957, Australian singer Rolf Harris (born March 30, 1930) composed and recorded the song “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”. He was also a comedian, actor, painter and television personality. The song was an international hit around the world in the 1960s. Harris’s song was inspired by the American Harry Belafonte’s (born 1927) calypsos, most noticeably, “The Jack-Ass Song”, about an Australian stockman on his deathbed.
The song is considered in the tradition of a folk and pop tune running for 3:03 minutes. The distinctive sound of Harris’s original recording was achieved by the use of an instrument of his own design called the “wobble board” - a two-by-three-foot piece of hardboard.
The song was used by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1980s as the theme song of an Australian professional talent wrestler named Outback Jack (born 1958). He portrayed a northern Australian bushman coming to America to compete in the WWF.
Harris performed the song during the Opening Ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with a special verse of lyrics written for the event: “Can I welcome you to the Games, friends, / Welcome you to the Games, / Look, I don’t know all your names, friends, / But let me welcome you all to the Games”.
Harris was convicted in 2014 of the sexual assault of four underage girls, which effectively ended his career.