Chadwick William “Chad” Morgan was born in Wondai, Queensland in 1933 and raised by his grandparents. He was discovered through Australia’s Amateur Hour radio program and started recording with Regal Zonophone ( a subsidiary of EMI ).
Chad, known fondly as “The Sheik of Scrubby Creek”, released his first album in 1952 and is renowned for his vaudeville style of comic country and western songs, and goofy stage persona. Chad is the ultimate comic of Australian country music. He is instantly recognizable with his unique trademark – Those Teeth!!
Tex Morton once described Chad as the only original country music artist in Australia. When Gordon Parsons came up with the pub with no beer, Chad’s the bloke who wrote the words down and even one verse of his own. Chad has toured extensively, including the Slim Dusty Show, the All-Star Western Show, Normie Rowe, Mental As Anything, and his own Chad Morgan Show.
He was dubbed the clown prince of comedy by Slim Dusty. Chad has platinum and gold album sales, and is one of Australia’s most popular and loved country music artists. He has played all over Australia in all of manner of places, from tents to trucks to clubs and pubs, festivals, the Sydney Opera House – even a touring circus!!
Chad portrays Aussie culture warts and all – and we love him for it. The dry humour that he uses to send up our beloved institutions and customs has thousands of people laughing at themselves every time they hear him sing.
Chad still has an enormous and devoted following and is constantly touring the country. Since 1952 Chad’s been performing a unique array of comic country and western songs such as ‘The Sheik Of Scrubby Creek’, ‘I’m My Own Grandpa’, ‘The Shotgun Wedding’, ‘Double Decker Blowflies’, ‘There’s Life In The Old Dog Yet’, and many more.