Australian novelty performer and accordion player Rolf Harris was known for decades as the figure behind the late-'50s hit "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," but that all changed with his 2014 conviction for sexual assault. Harris was born in Perth in 1930. At first it seemed he might be bound for glory in the water only, placing in 1946 as the Australian junior backstroke champion. Three years later, his musical talents began to be recognized when he won an amateur talent competition on one of the national radio stations. In the early '50s, Harris headed for London to study art. In 1956, he had his first exhibit of paintings at the Royal Academy of Art in London, the year before he wrote "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" and began building an audience of homesick Australians and other loony birds at the Down Under Club. At the end of the decade, he ...
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