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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Post 468 - Luigi Risotto – Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - If I Should Plant A Tiny Seed Of Love

Mike Willesee had a character appear on his programme; a comedian who did an ethnic routine as "Luigi Risotto".  Colin McEwan, who migrated from Scotland as a child, was a long-time breakfast announcer on 3AK radio in Melbourne, where he created the character of taxi driver Luigi Risotto, and also made regular appearances on the TV variety program In Melbourne Tonight. In 1975 Luigi recorded a single for Fable Records a version of Rolf Harris’s “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport” b/w  “If I Should Plant A Tiny Seed Of Love” (FB- 240). But McEwan was most popular for the stage and TV productions of the irreverent Naked Vicar Show in the 1970s and Kingswood Country in the 1980s, in which he played Datsun dealer Bob Bulpitt, the annoying brother of Kingswood-mad Ted Bulpitt.   He suffered a stroke in the late 1990s, which robbed him of the ability to mould his rich, deep voice, effectively ending his career. On the 21 August 2005, McEwan, 64, lost his battle with liver cancer. Colin is survived by wife Rae and his son David. 

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