Anne Murray

Anne Murray


6/20/1945, Springhill, Nova Scotia

Birth Name

Morna Anne Murray


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Born June 20, 1945 in the coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, Anne Murray was the only daughter of six children born to Dr. Carson and Marion Murray. She took piano and voice lessons, and literally brought the audience to tears with her vocal rendition of "Ave Maria"…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1972 Anne founded Balmur Entertainment, LTD, a music production and marketing company.

    • Anne took part in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She, along with seven other notable Canadians, had the honor of carrying the Olympic flag into the stadium.

    • Anne's favorites, gathered from a number of interviews::
      Albums: Nilsson sings Newman by Harry Nilsson, Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield, Tapestry by Carole King, 80's Ladies by K.T. Oslin, and The White Album by The Beatles
      Christmas carol: "O Holy Night"
      Movies: The Sound of Music, Random Harvest, and My Cousin, Vinnie
      Foods: lobster and "Mom's blueberry pie"
      Song: "Please Come to Boston"
      Book: The Dictionary
      Flower: Trailing Arbutus, the provincial flower of Nova Scotia
      TV Show: Law and Order
      Quote: "Never take yourself too seriously."
      Beverage: Chateauneuf de Pape
      Board games: Monopoly, Cribbage, and Yahtzee
      Sports figures: Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Weir, Duke Snider, and Billie Jean King
      Snack: Yogurt
      Theater productions: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Mama Mia
      Color: Baby blue

    • Anne's autobiography, All of Me, was released in October 2009.

    • Anne was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2009. In her acceptance speech she told the group that she spent several weeks "learning her trade" at a club on Prince Edward Island early in her career.

    • Canada's Songbird - A Musical Tribute to Anne Murray, a stage show filled with Anne's songs was presented at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in February and March 2009. Anne had no direct involvement, but she supported the event and the Anne Murray Center supplied producers with photos, and advertised the show.

    • Anne was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998, the year of the award's inception. She was unable to attend the event, but was able to pick up her award 11 years later when she hosted the 2009 Canada's Walk of Fame ceremony.

    • Anne plays guitar.

    • Anne has been nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian music award) 51 times, and has won 24 times.

    • The gold record Anne earned with her first hit, "Snowbird," was the first American Gold Record awarded to a female Canadian solo artist.

    • At the 1974 Grammy Awards, John Lennon told Anne that her version of "You Won't See Me" was his favorite cover of a Beatles song.

    • Anne grew up with five brothers: David, Daniel, Harold, Stewart and Bruce.

    • Anne married producer Bill Langstroth in 1975. They have two children, William and Dawn. In the 1990s the couple legally separated, and later divorced.

    • In the November 8, 1999 issue of People magazine, Anne and her daughter, Dawn, discussed Dawn's bout with anorexia nervosa. Dawn received treatment in 1997, and credits her mother with saving her life.

    • While a University student, Anne auditioned for a popular CBC television show, Singing Jubilee. She didn't get the job, because the show already had enough alto singers in the cast. Two years later Singing Jubilee producer, Bill Langstroth asked Anne to audition again. This time she was hired to sing in the chorus and to do occasional solos during the summer of 1966. After teaching for a year, Anne returned to Singing Jubilee for another summer as a soloist.

    • Anne's parents were both in the medical profession. Her father, James Carson Murray, was Springhill's town doctor. Anne's mother, Marion, gave up a career as a registered nurse to raise her family.

    • In August 2008 Anne appeared at a Fan Fair held at the Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Nova Scotia. The event celebrated Anne's 40 years in the music business.

    • In early 2008 Anne told an interviewer that her recent tour would be her last. She felt that she was getting too old to tour. When her autobiography was released in 2009, Anne said she hadn't sung in public in a year and a half, and didn't miss it.

    • CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music ranked Anne at #24 on the elite list.

    • In 2006, Anne was honored with the Legacy award by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    • Anne has a teaching degree and spent a year teaching physical education on Prince Edward Island before taking up singing full-time.

    • When asked about what she thought the highlights of her career have been, Anne replied, "That would be receiving the Grammy for You Needed Me in 1978, and hearing myself with full orchestration on the Snowbird album. It was a big thrill."

    • Although she speaks only English, Anne has recorded in both French (Si Jamais Je Te Revois/If I Ever See You Again) and Spanish (You Needed Me and Broken Hearted Me).

    • Anne claims some of her primary musical influences to be Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Dusty Springfield, Mahalia Jackson, and Harry Nilson.

    • A self-professed sports nut, Anne likes to golf, play tennis, and cross-country ski.

    • Anne's most memorable concert performance was at Texas A&M in 1980. According to Anne, "There were 10,000 kids in the audience, and they knew all my songs and sang along. That show went on 20 minutes longer than usual because of the applause and the screaming. It was amazing!"

    • For more than 20 years, Anne has followed a tradition of throwing yellow roses (one of her favorites) out to fans at the end of each live performance.

    • Though she has sung them thousands of times, some of the songs Anne never gets tired of performing are "You Needed Me", "Could I Have This Dance", and "Song for the Mira".

    • If Anne could have seen anyone perform, past or present, she would have liked to have seen and met Elvis who, coincidentally, had proclaimed Anne to be his favorite female singer.

    • Anne says she's most comfortable just wearing t-shirts and cutoffs.

    • If she hadn't been an entertainer, Anne's dream job would have been to be a professional golfer.

    • Anne has said that her favorite car she's ever owned was a 1969 aqua Cougar convertible with a black top and white leather interior.

    • "You Don't Know Me" which Anne re-recorded for her Country Croonin' album is Anne's favorite country single.

    • Anne's first summer job was as a staff maid at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

    • Anne admits she was nervous when meeting superstars Perry Como and Carol Burnett.

    • Anne admires many golfers, but being Canadian, she always roots for Canadian golfers Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, and Lori Kane.

    • Anne loves the beaches of Australia and has proclaimed, "They are Heaven!"

    • Anne's two favorite singles that she has recorded are "You Needed Me" and "A Million More".

    • In 1990, Anne's hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia opened The Anne Murray Centre which features an impressive museum and a gift shop. Anne is a frequent guest when she is in the province. The Anne Murray Centre is a non-profit organization. All revenue goes to provide employment for residents of the area and to maintain the building.

    • Anne has won so many Canadian Juno awards that it is often joked that the Juno's should be renamed the "Annie's"!

  • Quotes

    • Anne Murray: (on her early career) Once I had my first baby, I felt like I could conquer the world. For some reason, giving birth seemed to empower me. I felt as though I could do anything. That's when I really went for it.

    • Anne Murray: (on writing her autobiography) No book is worth dissension. [Ex-husband] Bill and I are friends. It's the same with my kids. It's not worth dissension in the family, or all my other family, my brothers and their wives and all of that. No book is worth that. So I made sure I ran this by everybody who could be hurt, or had their nose out of joint or anything like that.

    • Anne Murray: (in a convocation addresses to the 2009 graduates of the University of Prince Edward Island) At a very young age I learned from my parents to have respect for all people no matter what race, religion or station in life. Respect takes on many forms. Respect is being on time: your time is no more important than others. Respect is being prepared: people are relying on you. Respect is treating everyone with dignity. The janitor, the gardener, the CEO should all be acknowledged and appreciated for the jobs they do. My father taught me to always stand up when being introduced to someone. When you shake his hand, look him in the eye. Take time; remember his name; make him feel special.

    • Anne Murray: (on writing her memoirs in 2009) After being on tour for most of my adult life, the time was right to stop and reflect. The years pass so quickly when you're on the road, trying to raise a family, going into the studio and dealing with all the other pressures that come with the business. Besides, I thought it was important to do this memoir while I can still remember things!

    • Anne Murray: (on her Grammy-winning song, "You Needed Me") I have recorded in excess of 300 songs. I liked all of those songs, but I think this is the best one.

    • Anne Murray: It's never been a high profile career. I've never done the celebrity thing - I just do what I do. I have found that my career has just been about the folks and me.

    • Anne Murray: (recalling the "Tears are not Enough" single recorded in 1985 by numerous Canadian musicians to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia) It was probably the single most historic moment of Canadian music history. Everybody came together and gave of their time and energy for the cause. It was great fun being amidst all of those wonderful singers, musicians and celebrities.

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  • Canada's Original Songbird

    Anne's velvety rich voice has often been compared to that of another country crooner - Charlie Pride. The original Canadian songbird, Anne has paved the wave for so many of her modern-day successors including Celine Dion and Shania Twain. Anne's tunes aren't heard on the radio as much anymore, but that's a true shame. Anne gave us classics such as "Snowbird", "Could I Have This Dance", "You Needed Me", "A Little Good News", and "Danny's Song". Today, the Snowbird is still cranking out CDs and still packing the venues on her mini-tours. She has, in turn, been underrated, underestimated, and underappreciated, but she's become one of the most awarded performers in the music field taking home Grammy's, CMA's, Juno's, and dozens of other awards. Anne Murray CDs are a definite must have for any definative collection.moreless