February 11 born
Chadwick William Morgan in Wondai Queensland.
First child of 14.
Raised by grandparents.
Age 13 grandfather dies. Chad ,
his siblings and grandmother move back with Chad’s parents at
Starts to learn
the guitar as mother plays accordion and mandolin and father
- 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.
While in training entertains his mates
in the Barracks plays at dances and in between, boxing and
Same year he enters the talent quest on the Amateur Hour and
wins the Brisbane heat singing “The Sheik”.
Wins semi finals in
Sydney and comes
runner up at the grand final.
EMI Regal Zonophone records “The Sheik
of Scrubby Creek”
with the flip side being “You Can Have Your
Women, I’ll Stick to My Booze”.
Has a motorcycle accident collision with
Hospitalised 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”.
Meets Kevin King which leads him to Slim
Dusty and goes on tour with Slim.
1956 - On
tour with Slim Dusty.
Tours with Reg Lindsay and Ted Quigg, Rick and Thel, Kevin King
and Nev Nicholls.
- Puts together a musical troupe with Rick and Thel. Goes on
tour as “Chad Morgan Show”.
Ends up at Munduberra QLD disillusioned and flat broke after
going through difficult times.
Joins Frank Foster’s showground circuit and stays 9 years.
Performed at the Sydney Opera House to a standing ovation.
1978 - Has
cameo appearance in the movie “Newsfront”.
Inducted into the “Noses of Fame Gallery” at the Joe Maguire’s
Pub in Tamworth.
Also inducted into the Hands of Fame in
Elevated onto the Roll of Renown in Tamworth.
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
Awarded the Kempsey Living Legend Award.
Awarded the Order of Australia Medal.
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.
Released a DVD on his life “I’m Not Dead Yet”.
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.