The Cat Came Back: selected 1960s recordings
- The Cat Came Back (Harry S. Miller) – original feature page
- The Cat Came Back, Sixteen Tons, Hit the Road Jack, and Stray Cat Strut (closed for revision)
From the biography at gibsonguitarsales.com:
New Zealander Tex Morton lived a life of breath-taking achievement. He attained fortune and huge international fame in several careers: a recording star (300 songs), singer-songwriter, stage artist (touring sensation in North America, Europe, Australasia), circus entrepreneur, best-selling comic writer, Hollywood screen actor, and with a Doctorate from McGill University, a world authority and renowned performer of hypnotherapy. He was the top selling recording artist in Australasia in the 1930′s, outselling Bing Crosby, Gracie Fields and the young Frank Sinatra; and in the 1950s was one of the most famous entertainers in North America.
From the bio at Oldies.com:
In 1949, Morton decided to move to the USA and, having by then learned an act using hypnotism as well as his other talents, he moved to Los Angeles. After spending two years working as a singer and acting on radio and in some films, he began to appear as The Great Doctor Robert Morton – the World’s Greatest Hypnotist. In 1951, he toured the USA and Canada with his one-man show on which he sang, did recitations, trick shooting, mind reading and hypnotism. He proved so popular that he set attendance records in many cities, including St. Louis, Boston and Vancouver and in Toronto his show outran South Pacific. Ever the showman, he used many gimmicks to attract the crowd, including stunts such as walking blindfold on the parapet of the tallest building in the town.
There is an extensive Tex Morton discography at the site PragueFrank’s Country Music Discographies. Prague Frank identifies a recording of The Cat Came Back by Tex Morton as Festival FL-7257 FX 10356, and says it was recorded in Sydney, Australia in either 1960 or 1961.
“The Cat Came Back” (Harry S. Miller): selected 1960s recordings
Tex Morton — c.1960
Tim Morgon – from the album Live at Prison of Socrates, recorded on 10 August 1963; the location was a very popular coffee house on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California
articles about Tim Morgon and The Prison of Socrates:
- Newport’s folk singer — by Elia Powers; published 7 August 2005 in the Glendale News-Press
- He was once bigger than the Beatles; do you know his name? — by Keith Sharon; published on 3 May 2014 in the Orange County Register
- The Prison of Socrates — by Tim Morgon; published c.2000 at TalesofBalboa.com
Marc Field from his LP Chim Chim Cheree and other Favorite Songs for Children, Rocking Horse Records, c.1964
Sonny James — from his 1965 LP You’re The Only World I Know
Sonny James — clip from the 1967 film Hillbillys in a Haunted House
The Sting Rays — issued in 1967, according to the provider, on Wellhaven 8852
Lee Moore – 1968
A commenter at Youtube says,
This version was recorded for Rural Rhythm Records out of Arcadia California in 1968, and Lee is backed by Red Smiley’s Bluegrass Cut-Ups on this recording…. in the mid to late 1960s Rural Rhythm recorded albums by a ton of different personalities from WWVA….