Tex Morton Profile

aka Robert Lane, The Yodelling Boundary Rider
Gordon Spittle
22 Apr 2013

Over six decades in entertainment Nelson-born Tex Morton defined country music in New Zealand and Australia with his songs and guitar. He was the hobo who became an international star as a musician, stage hypnotist, showman and actor.

Mention Tex Morton and once upon a time the name was known from Darwin to Bluff, California to Montreal, Uranium City to Hong Kong, Waihi to London. Until Ed Hillary climbed Mount Everest in May 1953 Morton was regarded as the most widely known New Zealander in the world.

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A poster for Tex Morton's early 1950s NZ hypnotism show
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You Only Have One Mother (1937)
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Tex Morton - The Great MORTON. City unknown.
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Tex Morton in the 1960s
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Tex Morton in the 1970s
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Tex Morton, probably in the 1940s
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A 1962 Tex Morton single on the Australian Festival label
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You'll Never Be Missed (1982 - his final performance)
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Tex Morton's Wild West Comic, circa 1949 with an advert for Tex's guitar on the back
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Tex lighting a cigarette for an unidentified man before shooting it from his mouth, 1960
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Tex Morton in the early 1960s
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Wyoming Willie (1936)
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Tex Morton, likely in the late 1930s
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A bust of Tex Morton, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, NSW
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Tex on The Country Touch (1968)
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Tex Morton in the 1940s
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Tex Morton and the cast of Country Touch in the late 1960s
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An Evening Post photo of Tex Morton shooting a cigarette from a man's mouth, 1960
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A 1960 Australian EP
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A Tex Morton picture disc
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Tex Morton with Otago's The Tumbleweeds, 4ZB Dunedin, October 1949: Bill Ditchfield, Tex Morton Cole Wilson, Dorrie Morton, Nola Hewitt and Colin McCrorie
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Tex Morton and an unknown friend, early 1950s
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You'll Never Be Missed (Monologue) - (1940)
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Cast of the TV show The Country Touch, late 1960s. Left to right, Paddy and Chris Lydon, Gray Bartlett, Tex Morton, Big Mike Durney, Val Proctor, Rusty Greaves.
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Tex in the late 1960s
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Trivia:

All his life he remained a ham-radio enthusiast, often staying up all night.

As a child he was an expert in morse code.

In 1977 Tex was awarded the Raw Prawn award for Australia's worst TV commercial.

Tex toured the USA in a fleet of customised Cadillacs in the late 1940s.