Dick Morgan was said to be a veteran performer who was a native of Kentucky.
In the early to mid-1950s, his career saw him as part of the Hayloft Frolic
troupe that was led by Uncle Bob Hardy. His versatility was such that he was
at home at just about any aspect of entertaining an audience including
singing, solor in harmony, acting as emcee or playing rhythm guitar.
Uncle Bob Hardy notes that the "rhythm" or the "beat" is the living pulse of Country
Music. It's makes the listener "tap his toe". The popular Hayloft Frolic that
many a Hoosier came to enjoy was blessed with many such talents, including
Dick Morgan, who Uncle Bob considered one fo the best.
We learn that Dick could sing just about any type of country tune, whether it be
uptempo, a ballad or waltz. He toured with the Hayloft Frolic as it made its way
to fans in southern Indiana and eastern Illinois. His versatility wasn't limited to just
singing or playing the guitar; he often joined in the various comic routines
that were a part of what made the Hayloft Frolic a real 'stage show'.
Prior to joining the Hayloft Frolic, Dik was working around the Indianapolis area
with such groups as the Sunset Serenaders and the Wabash Ramblers.
When Dick left Uncle Bob's show, he joined up with the Hoosierland Barn Dance over WLBC and Shorty Sheehan.
He later recorded with Lattie Moore. His career took him to Nashville where he became
a studio musician and recording with such stars as Charlie Louvin of the Grand Ole Opry.
In the 1960s, Dick was working with the Mike Freeman Trio and the Lenny Wilson Trio.
As 2007 rolls around, Dick can be found semi-relaxed back in Indianapolis, but his voice
and guitar are still active and very much in demand.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its appreciation to
Uncle Bob Hardy for providing his recollection of Dick's career.
- Cowboy Songs; Issue No. 42; August 1955;
American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Uncle Bob Hardy Presents The Hayloft Frolic WTTV Folio No. 2