Time for some comedy.
Norman Gunston is the creation of Australian actor and comedian Gary McDonald. Gunston was originally created as a character for the Australian comedy TV series The Aunty Jack Show in 1973. After The Aunty Jack Show finished Norman was then given his own TV series, originally parodying late night variety shows, called The Norman Gunston Show, which aired, in various guises from 1975 to 1981. There was also a series made in 1993 but this was cut short due to McDonald being hospitalised for depression. Norman is probably best know for the apparently inept celebrity interviews that he made at press conferences where the genuine journalists would frequently back off and allow Norman free-rein to ask his questions. Norman also achieved some success with the release of several singles and 3 albums of songs. Norman's style was notable for 'dramatic' interjections, his inept harmonica playing (though McDonald was an accomplished blues harpist), and his use of 'gestures' - often overly literal miming and sign language of the lyrics.
Salute To Abba was Norman‘s debut single, the first ever double b-side, that achieved ‘gold’ record status. It is a tribute to the Swedish band who had become famous after winning the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) and was recorded shortly after the Abba song Fernando had the top spot of the Australian music charts for 14 weeks, still the longest for any song. The Salute contains Norman singing a medley of Abba songs including: Fernando; Ring Ring; Mamma Mia; Rock Me; SOS; I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; Mamma Mia (again); and Waterloo. When watching the video pay particular attention to the ‘gestures’ as they are an important part of Norman‘s musical performance.