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Morgan in June 2011
|Birth name||Chadwick William Morgan|
|Also known as||The Sheik of Scrubby Creek|
|Born||11 February 1933|
|Origin||Wondai, Queensland, Australia|
|Genres||Country and western|
|Occupations||Comedic singer and guitarist|
|Associated acts||Slim Dusty, John McSweeney, The Muirs, Eddie Tapp, Gordon Larkin|
Chadwick William "Chad" Morgan (born 11 February 1933) is an Australian country music singer and guitarist known for his vaudeville style of comic country and western songs, his prominent teeth and goofy stage persona. In reference to his first recording, he is known as "The Sheik of Scrubby Creek".
Morgan was born in Wondai, Queensland, the eldest of 14 children to Dave and Ivy Morgan. From an early age he was raised by his grandparents, Bill and Eva Hopkins. After the death of his grandfather in 1945, he and his grandmother moved back to Scrubby Creek to live with his parents and siblings.
Morgan was discovered through Australia's Amateur Hour, a radio talent contest, where he sang his original song "The Sheik of Scrubby Creek" and was one of the finalists. He then started recording with Regal Zonophone Records (a subsidiary of EMI) in 1952. During this time, he was doing national service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
His songs are peppered with Australian slang (one CD compilation is called Sheilas, Drongos, Dills and Geezers).
Morgan's first marriage was to Pam Mitchell and they had three children - Allan, Chad Jr. and Janelle, but his alcoholism led to the break-up of their marriage.
In 1984, Morgan met his second wife, Joanie, who he married on 14 September 1985 on the Gold Coast. Although she may have been supportive, it was Morgan who decided that enough was enough and he gave up drinking and smoking completely.
Morgan has toured extensively, including the Slim Dusty Show, the All Star Western Show and his own Chad Morgan Show. He has been prolific in his recorded output and live performances. He was inducted into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown in January 1987 and awarded an OAM in 2004.
When Gordon Parsons wrote the song "Pub With No Beer", Morgan wrote the words down and wrote one verse of his own. He was dubbed the "clown prince of comedy" by Slim Dusty. He has recorded a duet with John Williamson, "A Country Balladeer". He has had platinum and gold album sales and is one of Australia's most popular country music artists.
Morgan has played all over Australia in all manner of places from tents to trucks to clubs and pubs, festivals, the Sydney Opera House and even a circus. Among many others he has toured with Slim Dusty, Normie Rowe and Mental As Anything.
One of Morgan’s highlights of his career – was performing at Sydney Opera House with Slim Dusty in April 1978. He received encore after encore, however this was never released on the actual album. The album itself was kept on multi-tapes for about three years was then released as One & Off The Road. It was released the same year as Sheilas Drongos Dills & Other Geezers which contained 20 of Morgan’s biggest hits from the 1950s and 1960s. The album was released at a cost of $100,000 advertising campaign and was the first time Morgan had outsold Slim Dusty
In 2009, Morgan wrote a song about his Aboriginal heritage, dedicated to his grandparents who raised him as a child, titled "The Ballad of Bill and Eva". It was recorded with his granddaughter, Caitlin Morgan.
Tex Morton once described Morgan as the only original country music artist in Australia.
False rumours of his death began to surface after an announcement on radio station 4GY. The radio station later apologised for the rumour.
Morgan was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, the first person to be honoured with this award
- The Sheik
- Chad Morgan - The Singles Collection
- It's Only the Depth that Varies
- Cop This Lot
- Muckin Round In Muckadilla
- The Worst of
- In Person
- The Shiek Of Scrubby Creek
- Sheilas Drongos Dills & Other Geezers
- There's Life In the Old dog yet
- Double Decker Blowflies
- More Worst of Chad Morgan
- Songs My Old Mates sang
- Chad Charms The Birds
- At his Sunday Best
- Morgan Magic
- Chad Morgan live!
- In Person
- Sings John Ashe
- The Chad Morgan Song Book
- The Artistry of Chad Morgan
- You Can't keep a good man down
- Been there done that gonna do it again
- One for one
- Chad charms the birds
- Don't drink the water in the outback
- On & off the road
- The best of Chad Morgan
- Here I am
- Booze Ballads and Broads
- Cock of the walk
- They Call Me the Sheik
- One Of The Mob
- The Singles collection-Regal Zonophone and beyond
- More Worst Of
- The Dues are Paid
A documentary film, I'm Not Dead Yet, was made about Morgan's life. It was written and directed by the filmmaker Janine Hoskings. The DVD was released by Umbrella Entertainment on 6 June 2012.
Live At The Long Yard
- Veitch, Jock (29 March 2964). ""The sheik" comes to town". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Chad and the other hillbillies". The Northern Rivers Echo. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "'Not dead yet'". The Canberra Times. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- ""The Dues Are Paid"". Chad Morgan (Official website). Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Nucountry website
- "Chad Morgan: No, I'm not dead!", The Daily, 21 January 2008.
- Belt, Rebecca (24 January 2010). "A golden night out for guitar hero". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 May 2014. "The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award went to Chad Morgan, known fondly as The Sheik of Scrubby Creek, and renowned for his vaudeville style of comic country and western songs."