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Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld
, 2004

by John Elliott

type C photograph (sheet: 63.0 cm x 50.5 cm, image: 47.9 cm x 36.0 cm)

Born Chadwick William Morgan in Wondai, Queensland, the singer and comedian Chad Morgan has been called the Clown Prince of Australian country music. After coming second in the Australian Amateur Hour Talent Quest in the early 50s Chad recorded a number of songs for EMI - among them the number that would become his signature tune, "The Sheik of Scrubby Creek." During the 50s he began touring Australia with a succession of live shows, including the Slim Dusty Show, the All Star Western Show and ultimately his own Chad Morgan Show. Wearing his trademark buck teeth, Chad Morgan continues to record and tour the country, performing such favourites as "My Thrashing Machine," "The Duckinwilla Dance" and "My Own Grandpa."

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2005
Accession number: 2005.38