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My First Crush : Anne Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird” (1970) I was 7 :)

May 13th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
My First Crush : Anne Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird” (1970) I was 7 :)
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Anne Murray
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Murray in the 1970s
Background information
Birth name Morna Anne Murray
Born June 20, 1945 (age 72)
Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
Origin Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Country, soft rock, pop,
adult contemporary
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1968–2008 (retired)
Labels Arc, Capitol, Capitol NashvilleLiberty, SBK, EMI Canada, Straight Way, Manhattan
Website annemurray.com

 

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Morna Anne Murray CC ONS (born June 20, 1945), known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.[1][2][3]

Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird” (1970).[4] She is often cited as the one who paved the way for other international Canadian success stories such as k.d. lang, Céline Dion, and Shania Twain.[5][6]She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album A Little Good News.

Murray has received four Grammys, a record 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, andCanadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.[7] She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles and on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.[8]

In 2011, Billboard ranked her 10th on their list of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever.[9]

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  • Early life

Morna Anne Murray was born in the coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her father, James Carson Murray, was the town doctor. Her mother, Marion Margaret (née Burke) Murray, was a registered nurse who focused her life on raising her family and community charity work. Murray has five brothers. Murray’s father died in 1980 at the age of 72 from complications from leukemia. Her mother died April 10, 2006, at the age of 92 after suffering a series of strokes during heart surgery.[10]has-anne-murray-dated-anyone-since-her-divorce-from-her-ex-husband-bill-langstroth

After expressing an early interest in music, she studied piano for six years. By 15 she was taking voice lessons. Every Saturday morning, she took a bus ride from Springhill to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, for singing lessons. One of her earliest performances was of the song “Ave Maria” at her high school graduation in 1962.[10]Following high school, Murray attended Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax for one year. She later studied Physical Education at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. After receiving her degree in 1966[11] she taught physical education at a high school in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, for one year.

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