Billboard needed our songbird

On Nov. 7, 1978, Canada’s songbird, Anne Murray, found her single You Needed Me at the top of the billboard charts.
Before 1960, almost all records sold in Canada were by foreign performers. Not so today. Not only have Canadians focused their attention on the stars in their own backyard, but Canadian performers are also capturing the spotlight on the international stage.
On June 29, 2007, Canada Post recognized this progress with the release of four domestic-rate 52-cent stamps to celebrate four Canadian music icons, including Murray. The others were Joni Mitchell, Paul Anka, and Gordon Lightfoot.
Murray was born on June 20, 1945, in Springhill, N.S. Her musical talent was apparent from childhood, and she began training in piano and vocals at a young age.
After her 1966 graduation from university, she was offered a spot on CBC-TV’s Singalong Jubilee. Her popularity increased with the release of her first hit single, Snowbird.
With Snowbird, 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 this signature song.
Her hits often made both the pop and country charts, sometimes simultaneously. Murray’s success drew national and international respect. Her many accolades include four Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards, 24 Junos, and an induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Juno Hall of Fame.
She has also been inducted as a Companion of the Order of Canada.
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.


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