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
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
By 1966 Tim had released four
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.
The Prison of Socrates
Early Aerial Photos
The Balboa Peninsula
The Balboa Peninsula
I spent many years of my childhood on
Balboa Island. I am now in my fifties and writing a novel that takes place during
WWII. I am looking for people who lived on the island during that time who could
help me with research. I live in Northern California now so I do most of my research
on the internet. That is how I found your site. If you can help me, please let me
Great website, by the way.
Read your web page, thought
it was great, I was born and raised in San Bernardino, Ca., now I am living in Coeur D'
As a long time local, I really enjoy
you web site. I may have missed it, but no history of Balboa would be complete
without something about Heidi Helwig.
I saw the link to your web site in the Register and wanted to let you know
how much I enjoyed it. I have published a link to your site on the web page that I
maintain for the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa
Home Page is www.newportbalboa.org
Take a look and a link to our web site from your site would be appreciated. Additionally,
if you would like to attend one of our meetings, I would welcome you to join us for a
Wednesday evening of fun.
Club Internet Communications Officer
Rotary Club of Newport Balboa
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