OTD: Anne Murray wins big at Junos

On today’s date in 1980, Anne Murray won four Juno Awards, including “Single of the Year” for her hit song I Just Fall in Love Again.

At that year’s event, hosted by Guess Who singer and keyboardist Burton Cummings in Toronto, Murray also won “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Country Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” Despite her four nominations, Murray didn’t attend that year’s Juno Awards ceremony due to the recent death of her father, Dr. Carson Murray, who was 72 when he died from complications of leukemia.

Born on June 20, 1945, in Springhill, N.S., Murray displayed musical talents from childhood. Since training in piano and vocals at a young age, she has enjoyed a career spanning four decades and many accolades. In addition to her Juno Awards, Murray’s other honours include four Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards and an induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Juno Hall of Fame. She is also a companion of the Order of Canada.

In 2007, Canada Post added another honour to Murray’s resume with a 52-cent stamp (Scott #2221c) featuring her alongside fellow Canadian music icons Gordon Lightfoot (SC #2221a); Joni Mitchell (SC #2221b); and Paul Anka (SC #2221d). The set of four domestic-rate stamps was issued as part of the “Canadian Recording Artists” series, which followed the previous summer’s Canadians in Hollywood issue.

“I was deeply honoured to be chosen by Canada Post to grace a stamp this year,” Murray said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime acknowledgment and I’m pleased to be a part of this series.”

Lowe-Martin printed the issue on Tullis Russell Coatings coated paper.

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