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Back From Prison
After 40 Years, Tim Morgon Is Back

In The Mid 1960s,
Singer Tim Morgon's Albums Outsold The Beatles.

In the late 1950's through the 1960's one of the most popular places in Balboa was the Prison of Socrates, a coffee house located on Main Street, now a pizza store. The "Prison" as it was referred to featured live entertainment, and the kids would come from miles around to hear their favorite entertainers. Popular names to appear at the "Prison" were Steve Martin, Pat Paulsen, Jose Feliciano, Randy Boone, Denny Brooks, The Mad Mountain Ramblers, Hoyt Axton, Joe and Eddie and Steve Gillette to name a few.

The kids would would stand in line to get a chance to hear Tim Morgon sing.

It was here where Tim Morgon got his start in 1959 with the help of a pair going by the name of, "The Steeltown Two." Two years later Tim was singing 6 nights a week to capacity crowds. In the Summer of  1964, Tim's second album, "They Call the Wind Maria" was released. It hit the charts at Wallach's Music City with a bang. Wallach's was Southern California's largest chain and its weekly sales charts were the pulse of the music scene. Tim's album shot to the top and on August 8, 1964 it was number one, ahead of three Beatles albums. After this, Tim's albums were in the top ten week after week, keeping company with Peter Paul  & Mary, Barbara Striesand, Johnny Mathis and The Beach Boys.

By 1966 Tim had released four albums

Over a career of 22 years, Tim had preformed at such places as, Anaheim's Melodyland, The Pasadena Civic Auditorium and of course Disneyland.

Today, Tim lives with his family in Mission Viejo and operates a small maintenance business with two employees. Above (left to right) daughter, Shawn, son Ben, wife Sue, Tim, and daughter Shannon

Tim's mother, Venoa Morgon still lives in the Balboa house where he was raised. Just a short walk from the Prison.

Recently, by popular demand, Tim has put his old albums on CD and has started offering them for sale on his own web site. You can also hear Tim singing some of his songs.

Now you can close your eyes, go back to Prison and hear Tim sing.

More About
The Prison of Socrates

Time Capsule
Early Aerial Photos

The Balboa Peninsula 1923

The Balboa Peninsula 1930

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Steve Vickers
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Rotary Club of Newport Balboa


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