Australian singer Rolf Harris, whose song “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” was a Billboard Top 10 hit in 1963 and who appeared on radio and stage with the Beatles, has been charged with indecent assault and making indecent images of children in an investigation stemming from the Jimmy Savile case, reported CNN.com Aug. 29.
"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr. Harris to be charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child,” a prosecutor in London was quoted by CNN.
Harris, born in March, 1930, had a number three Billboard hit with “Tie My Kangaroo Down, Sport” that had an 11-week run on the charts. He had two other Billboard chart songs that year, “Sun Arise,” and “Nick Teen And Al K. Hall,” but neither broke the top 40.
Harris was the presenter on a BBC Radio Boxing Day special with the Beatles, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers and others taped on Dec. 21, 1963 and that aired on Dec. 26 that year. The show included the Beatles and Harris singing a Beatle-revised version of “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” together. He also was on the bill for their 1963 Christmas show at the Finley Park Astoria in the UK, according to Bill Harry's “The Beatles Encyclopedia.”
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