Anne Murray was one of the most successful artists on the Canadian Country charts, with 22 number one singles. Nine of her singles reached the top of the US Country chart, and she even had eight singles top the US Adult Contemporary chart. Her only chart-topping single on the Hot 100 was You Needed Me, which won a Grammy award in 1978.
Anne grew up in Nova Scotia and studied music in high school. Unlike many other singers, she continued on to college instead of immediately pursuing a career in music. She graduated from college and taught physical education at a high school for a year. During the summer break, Singalong Jubilee, a Canadian television show, hired her to be a member of the cast. Besides appearing on the show, she also recorded songs for two of the show’s album releases.
Anne went to Toronto and recorded her first album. They released the album in 1969. The record company released three singles from the album, but none of them charted.
In 1970, she switched to Capitol Records and recorded her second album. The first two singles from the album got some airplay and sales, but it was the third single that got everybody’s attention. Snowbird quickly reached the top of several charts, reached the top ten on the US Hot 100 and Country charts, and earned her a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female.
Anne successfully recorded hit singles every year for the rest of the decade. Her last single in 1979, Broken Hearted Me, was a cover of a song recorded by England Dan & John Ford Coley on their sixth album. Her version reached #12 on the Hot 100 in December and slid off the charts in early 1980. Her next single was a cover of a Monkees’ hit, Daydream Believer, which also reached #12 on the Hot 100. Those two singles each topped the Adult Contemporary chart and reached #1 and #3 on the US Country chart.
Anne also covered the Beatles in 1980 with the single I’m Happy Just To Dance With You. While the record reached #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart, it peaked at only #64 on the Hot 100. The Urban Cowboy soundtrack included her recording of Could I Have This Dance to give John Travolta a chance to dance and gave Anne another Country number one hit. That single and her next one barely reached the lower thirties on the Hot 100 and were the last times she charted in the top forty on US Hot 100. She continued to have hit records on the Adult Contemporary and Country charts in both the US and Canada through 1999. She also recorded Christmas albums from 1981 to 2014.
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