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Anne Murray

Nova Scotia-born Anne Murray built her musical influences from the pop sounds that her parents listened to (Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como) and the Top 40 sounds that AM New York radio stations piped into Canada (Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee). Originally she intended to work as a physical education instructor, but she continued to pursue an interest in music. After she was turned down for a spot on a national TV show called Singalong Jubilee, she received a call from the show's producer two years later. He offered her a chance to make records, and when she agreed, she found herself with a million-selling crossover single in 1970, "Snowbird." Murray was frequently at odds with the trappings of success -- she even performed barefoot in Las Vegas -- and when she got married in 1975, she seemingly dropped out of the business. With her family established, she started working in 1978 with a new producer, Jim Ed Norman, who returned her to prominence with "Walk Right Back" and the million-selling follow-up, "You Needed Me." Throughout the late '70s and early '80s, Murray successfully walked the line between country and pop with a rich alto voice and a knack for romantic material.

As a child in Nova Scotia, music was always one of Murray's hobbies. While she was enrolled at the University of New Brunswick studying physical education, she auditioned for a spot on the Halifax-based weekly CBC television series, Singalong Jubilee, but she wasn't hired because they already had an alto singer. Following the rejection, Murray graduated from college and began teaching physical education at the high-school level. Two years after the initial Singalong Jubilee audition, the show's producer, Bill Langstroth, called her with the information that a new television show, Let's Go, needed an altoist. After some persuasion, Murray agreed to join the program, although she did not give up her teaching job. For the next four years, she sang on Let's Go, eventually striking up a professional relationship with the program's musical director, Brian Ahern.

Murray began her career as a recording artist in 1968. Early that year, she was still teaching when she received a call from Ahern, asking her to record for the independent label Arc. Accepting the offer, Murray recorded and released her debut album, What About Me, that year. The record was well-received and popular for an independent album, thereby earning the attention of Capitol Records, whose Canadian division signed her to a long-term contract in 1969. The following year, her debut single for the label, "Snowbird," became an international hit, reaching the Top Ten on both the country and pop charts in America, while reaching the British Top 40. Following the success of "Snowbird," Murray moved to Los Angeles, where she began to regularly appear on Glen Campbell's syndicated television show. However, she didn't like the Californian lifestyle, and she quickly returned to Canada.

Over the course of 1971, it looked like "Snowbird" would be Murray's only big hit, since none of her follow-up singles gained much attention; only "A Stranger in My Place" cracked the Top 40. A cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "Cotton Jenny" in early 1972 returned her to the higher regions of the country Top 40, peaking at number 11, while its follow-up, "Danny's Song," became a Top Ten hit on both the pop and country charts in early 1973. Following two minor country hits, she returned to the Top Ten early in 1974 with "Love Song." The single was followed by two Top Ten country hits -- the number one "He Thinks I Still Care" and "Son of a Rotten Gambler." Following those two success, Murray spent a number of years struggling to crack either the pop or country Top 40; during this time, she concentrated on raising a family (she married Bill Langstroth and had a son) more than her musical career.

Murray entered her period of greatest commercial success in 1978, as a cover of "Walk Right Back" climbed to number four on the country charts, followed shortly afterward by "You Need Me," her biggest hit since "Songbird"; the single reached number four on the country charts and topped the pop charts, going gold by the end of the year. For the next eight years, she had a virtually uninterrupted string of Top Ten country hits, highlighted by nine number one hits: "I Just Fall in Love Again" (1979), "Shadows in the Moonlight" (1979), "Broken Hearted Me" (1979), "Could I Have This Dance" (1980), "Blessed Are the Believers" (1981), "A Little Good News" (1983), "Just Another Woman in Love" (1984), "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" (1984), and "Now and Forever (You and Me)" (1986). Murray prospered during the era of urban cowboy, since her music drew as much from pop and easy listening as it did from country.

Murray's sales began to decline in the latter half of the '80s, primarily due to the shifting tastes of the country audience, which was beginning to seek out harder-edged new traditionalist performers. Nevertheless, she maintained a dedicated following during the late '80s and '90s through her occasional recordings ("Feed This Fire" became a surprise Top Ten hit in the summer of 1990) and her concerts. Murray recorded her first live album in 1997 and released What a Wonderful World in 1999. Five years later, she released I'll Be Seeing You in Canada; the album arrived in the United States as All of Me in 2005. Murray returned in 2007 with Duets: Friends and Legends. ~ Tom Roland, Rovi
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Snowbird was Elvis favorite song
moore.billca r o l
I have thrilled to Anne Murray's voice ever since Sowbird. She sent me into the sky with Together.
she is the ultimate female singer to me, beautiful voice and rich tone. perfect
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She is the best...
jane181
I played Can I Have This Dance at my husband's (of 48 years) funeral. It was our song....and I miss him!
Superb!
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Takes my back to want young
younggeorge9 9
She's absolutely the best woman singer I've ever heard, and I've been listening for more that 84 years! George Young of San Jose, California!
I have always loved her music! What a beautiful voice!
lindahiggins
her music is timeless! I will play and sing Can I have this dance at my 50th wedding anniversary! Love her, I have made a CD of her most popular songs that I can play in my car over and over again....
boy this bring back time
hawkeyeis
One word says it all about Anne Murray: Awesome!
How would you like to live in that Wonderful World
She is unsurpassed in my opinion. grandadmax@g m a l c o m
They don't make music like this anymore and it's a crying shame
veliamp
Me gusta mucho esta cantante tiene una voz ecepcional y romantica!
Beautiful, what a voice.
I love this woman!! Have been singing her songs since she started. She and I duet in the car all the time!
I am so happy!!!! we can keep artists like Anne Murray, with Pandora, Thank you.
I've loved her music since she first started recording and I still get a calm and loving feeling when I hear her... when my grand-daught e r (2 yrs old) spends the night with me I play Anne's CD and she quitely falls asleep.
Thank you Anne for great music from a former PE teacher and business woman.
blytle9
Listening to Can I Have This Dance I sing this to my dear wife. We started dating each other when we were just 15 in high school. We will celebrate 43 years on June 14. We are now 64 and through good times and rough times we still dance with each other. This song was written for us.
kaylbi
My favorite person since she first started her career. Absolutely love her!
wltrbuckley4 8 7
love her
sambud4
ann murry stands with the best , patsy cline ,jim reeves
Visits to Nova Scotia and listening to Anne Murray make me feel like going home and never ever leaving that sweet comfort,agai n !
Her children's album is one of the best of its kind. There will always be a Hippo In The Bathtub ...and, now my grandchildre n are finding them! Such a timeless voice and stylings! It's ALL Good truly applies to Anne Murray's music!
diana558
I met Anne Murray at a concert series, at the Big E, in Massachusett s , back in the 70's. She was so sweet. As a teen, I was so impressed that she allowed us (my girl friend and I) to hang around to chat with and listen to her conversation s as people came to meet her, in between performances . It was a very special day for me. She helped influence my singing and how I deal with people today. A real down-to-eart h kinda gal. Very real. Thank you Anne! God bless you.
t_heath
That's The Way Love Goes is one of her best!!!!! What a smooth voice....
allylloyd66
Beautiful voice!
jyadon7
Always love to hear her, love the gospel selecions she has done. God bless her in a special way. Thank you Anne!!
rnbabydoll
Terrific!!! I love you Anneeeee!!!!
jnjper
I hear that Anne Murray has stopped recording. I can't believe it but only she would know when it's time to stop. She is one of my very favorite singers in the world. I have never heard her do a bad song. They are all memorable, to me, anyway. Annie, if you see this, know that you have brought millions of people so much joy with your singing.
lOVE LOVE THIER MUSIC
Would love to add "Could I Have this Dance for the Rest of My Life" by Anne Murray.
alfonso.flor e s
Excellent!!!
shafer_david
I bet she made as much on her Christmas Collection as the other together...a Christmas classic up there with Andy Williams.... . w h a t ' s up??
Favorite song of all time....cryi n g time. GREAT STUFF.
love this site and anne murray I met my husband when i was singing just another woman in love many years ago
ebsjmt
I've always loved Anne Murray and having access to her music and of similar artists is great!!
music you can listen too all day and hard to find. glad to have found it again.
diannamoss
Anne Murray has been one of my favorites since I was a teen. I was watching TV (Cold Case), and was pleasantly surprised to hear her voice at the end of the show. She still sounds wonderful!
wonderful artist

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