Jimmy Hannan

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 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)
  • Television personality
  • radio personality
  • singer
  • entertainer
  • variety and game show host
Years active1956−1984
ChildrenMark Hannan, Melissa Hannan, Vanessa Hannan, Emily Gillman
AwardsGold Logie (1965)

Early life and career

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 life

Hannan was married to Joanne Goode and had four children, including actress and model 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 47 in 1984, and died on 7 January 2019, aged 81, from cancer in Bellingen, New South Wales.[3]


Year Title Role
1956Name That Tune (TV series)
1962Say When!! (TV series)Host
1966Jimmy (TV music variety show) (also later known as Tonight with Jimmy Hannan)Host
1967The Go!! Show (TV music series)
1967Take a Letter (TV series)
1969The Johnny Farnham special (TV special)Host
1970In Melbourne Tonight (TV series)Host
1963-1970Bandstand (TV series)Singer
1971The 13th annual TV Week Logie AwardsHimself- presenter
1971Spending Spree (TV series)Host
1972Matt Flinders (TV series)Host
1972Split Second (TV series)Host
1974Ted Hamiltons Musical World (TV series)Himself
1974The Ernie Sigley Show (TV series)Himself
1972-1975The Graham Kennedy Show (TV series)Himself
1975Something Special (TV series)Himself
1975-1976Celebrity Squares (TV series)Host
1979The Magic of Cole Porter Special (TV special)
1981Search for a Star (TV series)Host


Year Title Role
1976The Sentimental Bloke (TV movie)Ginger Mick


Year Title
1970In Melbournre Tonight (see above)1 episode (14th May) - Performer
-"Soon It's Gonna Rain
-The "In" Crowd"
1974The Ernie Sigley Show (see above)4 episodes - Performer
-"The Greatest Show on Earth"
-"Watching Scotty Grow"
-"Song Sung Blue", "Cracklin' Rose"
1972-1975"The Graham Kennedy Show" (TV series)10 episodes - Performer
-"Once in a Lifetime"
-"If You Go Away (Ne me quitte pas)"
-"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do"
-"Get Down"
-"And I Love You So"
-"Welcome Home". "Country Boy"
-"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
-"Beer Barrel Polka"


Year Title Writer Credits (notes)
1963"Beach Ball"Roger McGuinnrecorded with The Bee Gees as backing vocalists

Chart performance

Chart Position Country
Kent Music ReportNo#2Australia


  1. "0, those were the days". The Age. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. "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". www.news.com.au.
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