February 11 born Chadwick William Morgan in Wondai
First child of 14.
Raised by grandparents.
1947 - Age 13 grandfather dies.
Chad , his siblings and grandmother move back with Chad’s
parents at Scrubby Creek.
1948 - Starts to learn the
guitar as mother plays accordion and mandolin and father plays
1948-1951 - Works on cattle
stations around Rockhampton. During this time he starts to
compose his own music and songs.
1950 - Age 16 Chad writes “The
Sheik from Scrubby Creek”.
- Joined the RAAF.
training entertains his mates in the Barracks plays at dances
and in between, boxing and fighting tournaments.
- Same year he enters the talent quest on the Amateur Hour and
wins the Brisbane heat singing “The Sheik”.
Sydney and comes
runner up at the grand final.
1952 - October 24.
Zonophone records “The Sheik of
Scrubby Creek” with the flip
side being “You Can Have Your
Women, I’ll Stick to My
1954 - December 25.
motorcycle accident collision with a
for 14 months where during this time he writes new songs and
practices the guitar.
- Moves to Sydney and has bookings on the showboat “Kalang”.
King which leads him to Slim Dusty and goes on tour with Slim.
1956 - On tour with Slim Dusty.
1958 - Tours with Reg Lindsay
and Ted Quigg, Rick and Thel, Kevin King and Nev Nicholls.
1950-1960 - Puts together a
musical troupe with Rick and Thel. Goes on tour as “Chad Morgan
1961 - Ends up at Munduberra QLD
disillusioned and flat broke after going through difficult
1964 - Joins Frank Foster’s
showground circuit and stays 9 years.
1977 – Performed at the Sydney
Opera House to a standing ovation.
1978 - Has cameo appearance in
the movie “Newsfront”.
1979 - Inducted into the
“Noses of Fame Gallery” at the Joe Maguire’s Pub in Tamworth.
into the Hands of Fame in
1987 - Elevated onto the Roll of
Renown in Tamworth.
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
2002 – Awarded the Kempsey
Living Legend Award.
2004 – Awarded the Order of
2010 – First person to be
honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the CMAA
Awards in Tamworth. Released his first DVD recorded live at Long
Yard Hotel in Tamworth.
2011 – Released a DVD on his
life “I’m Not Dead Yet”.
2016 - MO Awards - Male Country arist.
Chad Morgan is one of the last
pioneers of Australian Country Music, and still active, touring
Australia bringing his comical songs to fans of
three-generations. The man who has been making people laugh for
more than five decades should be crowned King of Australian
Country Music Comedy. He is a master of audience control and
remains one of the biggest draw cards in the history of
Australian Country Music. He has seen many changes in the
industry and had lived through good and bad times. He is just as
popular today as he was fifty years ago, Morgan’s trophy of
success are his loyal fans.