Back in the late seventies or early eighties, Rolf Harris made one of his many appearances on Irish TV's Late Late Show. Then, as now the show is broadcast live and generally lasts at least two hours.
Earlier there had been discussions about the Troubles in Northern Ireland and about battered wives. After a commercial break Rolf came on to sing, "Two Little Boys". The emotion of the song and what had been discussed affected him and he broke down in tears.
I was watching and the emotional effect it had on viewers and the audience was extraordinary. It literally stopped the show.
Two years ago, journalist Alf McCreary who had been part of the Northern Ireland discussion with Bishop Edwrad Daly, wrote:
"The Bishop and I spent the first half talking live about some of the horrors of the Troubles. After the first commercial break Rolf Harris came on to sing the anti-war song Two Little Boys. Harris was so emotionally overcome by our reports from the North that he broke down in tears, and could not finish his song. I remember him sitting down beside me on the studio set, and pouring a jug of water over his head. Fortunately Bishop Daly quickly came to the rescue, and comforted that troubled and big-hearted man."
The story is that of two little boys who grew up to become soldiers and fight in the American Civil War.
Here is a recent clip of Rolf singing it with the Fron Male Voice Choir.