The Cat Came Back: selected 1960s recordings


page published on 10 December 2011; latest edit: 1 August 2017

See also

  • The Cat Came Back (Harry S. Miller) – original feature page, published on 14 October 2011


Cisco Houston — recorded at the 1960 Newport Folk Festival, 24-26 June 1960; issued on the LP The Newport Folk Festival 1960, Volume 2, Vanguard ‎VRS 9084


Tex Morton — b. Robert William Lane, 8 August 1916, Nelson, New Zealand; d. 23 July 1983, Sydney, Australia

From an article, dated 16 June 2000, at (image added):

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.

(below) From the Tex Morton biography at AllMusic (image added):

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 says a recording of “The Cat Came Back” by Tex Morton was issued on Festival FL-7257 FX 10356. The side was recorded in Sydney, Australia in either 1960 or 1961.


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:


Randy and Betsy (portrayed by Randy Boone and Roberta Shore) — in The Virginian, Season 3, Episode 10 “Return a Stranger” — originally broadcast on Wednesday, 18 November 1964

  • In the video Return a Stranger (3) – The Virginian (embedding disabled), the performance begins at about 5:59.
  • The following video includes only the audio, with a slideshow added by the video creator.


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

The A-bomb fell just the other day
The H-bomb fell in the very same way
Russia went, China went, and then the U.S.A.
The human race was finished, without a chance to pray

But the cat came back the very next day…


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….

Presently unavailable



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  1. doc
    Dec 11, 2016 @ 10:53:43


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