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Jimmy Hannan (25 August 1934 – 7 January 2019) was an Australian radio and television personality, variety show host, singer, entertainer and game show host of the 1960s and 1970s. One of the pioneers of television, he appeared regularly on Graham Kennedy's variety show In Melbourne Tonight, and later hosted his own musical variety show Jimmy, later called Tonight with Jimmy Hannan.[1] Hannan hosted music show Saturday Date from 1963 until 1967, which featured such performers as Billy Thorpe and Olivia Newton-John. He won the 1965 Gold Logie award for most popular personality on Australian television.[2]

Jimmy Hannan
Born(1934-08-25)25 August 1934
Died7 January 2019(2019-01-07) (aged 84)
OccupationTV personality
Radio personality
Variety and game show host
ChildrenMark Hannan, Melissa Hannan, Vanessa Hannan, Emily Gillman
AwardsGold Logie (1965)


Early life and careerEdit

Hannan had his start musically performing in a big-band. As a teen idol, he often performed with people such as Johnny Devlin and Little Pattie. He released the single "Beach Ball", originally recorded by the City Surfers, in 1963. The song was written by Roger McGuinn who went on to become a member of the Byrds. The single reached number No. 2 on the local charts and featured the Bee Gees as backing vocalists.[2] He worked on radio in Melbourne at 3UZ. He hosted game shows including Name That Tune and Celebrity Squares.

Personal lifeEdit

Hannan was married to Joanne and had four children, including Melissa Hannan who won the Miss Australia title in 1981 and was also in the Miss World competition held in London. He retired from show business at 50 and died on 7 January 2019, aged 84, from cancer in Bellingen, New South Wales.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "0, those were the days". The Age. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Jimmy Hannan: a winning smile". NFSA. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Gold Logie TV icon Jimmy Hannan dies at the age of 84".

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