Sheik of Scrubby Creek rocks country pub

Chad Morgan, 89, rocked the Dog ‘n’ Bull in Bonalbo and raised money for a local charity while he was there on Saturday, November 26.

Publicans Marcy and Carl Agnew took over the Bonalbo pub less than six months ago and to have Chad perform was a thrill.

“The community came out in force and we had visitors from near and far,” Marcy said

“Chad had offered to sign a guitar for us to hang in the pub so we thought we’d have an auction to raise money with another guitar.

“A great friend from the Gold Coast, Craig Hopper bought and donated another new guitar to the auction. Halfway through the show Carl took on the role of auctioneer and after some great bids the guitar was won by local man Alex Wells who runs Wellsy’s Dozer Hire in the area.”

The auction became an impromptu fundraiser for Tommy Johnston who has Niemann-Pick disease.

The auction for the guitar signed by Chad raised $1500.

Alex and Tammy Wells and their boys, Cooper and Noah with Chad and the guitar they bid for. On the right is publican Carl Agnew. Photos: Contributed

If you missed seeing Chad, watch him in the video below.

Chadwick William Morgan was born in 1933. He 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.

Chad was born in Wondai, Queensland, the eldest of 14 children. From an early age he was raised by his grandparents, Bill and Eva Hopkins. After his grandfather died in 1945, he and his grandmother moved back to Scrubby Creek to live with his parents and siblings. Morgan left school at age 12 and found work cutting timber.

He was discovered as a singer through Australia’s Amateur Hour, a radio talent contest, where he sang his original song The Sheik of Scrubby Creek.

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