After the instrument track was recorded, all three stood around one microphone and sang the song in harmony. Capitol Records released the single under the group name, “The City Surfers.” None of these city boys had a love affair with a surfboard, but it was the wave of the times. “Beach Ball” was played by the New York City radio stations, but it was a recording of it by Jimmy Hannan in Australia that sent the song to the top ten on the “Down Under” music charts. Harmonies on the song were sung by a group of brothers named Gibb.
They later became known as the Bee Gees. One of the pioneers of television, Jimmy Hannan 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. 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. He worked on radio in Melbourne at The Greater 3UZ. He hosted game shows including Name That Tune and Celebrity Squares. One of Hannan's daughters is 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. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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