Rolf Harris was a popular entertainer in Vancouver during the 1960s and early 1970s. I enjoyed him numerous times performing at The Vancouver Cave Supper Club on Hornby Street. Later in the UK, he was disgraced.
Harris ended up in jail. In 2014, he was sentenced to almost six years for 12 indecent assaults on four teenage girls between 1968 and 1986. He was paroled in 2017.
Harris was known for numerous versions of his song Vancouver Town. A few verses:
I hit Vancouver in the blazing sun,
on the 9th of February ’61.
And from the 10th of February through ’til May,
it rained in port all night and day.
(Chorus) The more they try to keep me down,
the better I live in this here town.
Yeah, the more they try to grind you down,
the better I like Vancouver Town.
I can see those tankers sailing down,
with Alaskan oil all shlurpping round.
They’ll take a sip from Trudeau’s cup,
and leave our coast all fuddle-duddled up...
I passed a church and I had a grin,
there’s a sign said “Tired of sin, come in.”
And written in lipstick loud and clear,
“well, if not, phone this number here.”…
Now there were two wild Kelowna boys,
and Bennett was their name.
They bought some land and sold some land,
and made a capital gain.
And when their daddy spoke to them,
in accents loud and shrill.
They said we merely followed the lead
of the sons of Flying Phil.
In 1968 Gaglardi came under fire in the legislature over re-occurring allegations of preferred highway access to property owned by his sons, use of departmental facilities to provide sign material and construction to benefit their properties, and departmental work performed on his private property.