Anne Murray parlayed a smooth alto voice and a feel for easy-listening material into a substantial recording career that straddled the pop and country genres. Exposed to her parents’ tastes (Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney) and early rock ’n’ roll as a child, she was working as a high school physical education teacher when she was hired to sing on the Canadian TV show “Let’s Go.”
The program’s musical director Brian Ahern later produced her first album, leading to her signing by Capitol Records. Her 1970 single “Snowbird” was a hit in both pop and country, and during a short stay in Los Angeles she became a regular on Glen Campbell’s syndicated TV show.
“Danny’s Song” and “Love Song” were also successful, but she spent much of the ‘70s focused on raising her family. In 1978 she returned with “You Need Me,” followed by a string of country hits.
Murray wrote an autobiography, “All of Me,” published in 1999, and she was one of the prominent Canadians selected to carry the Olympic flag into the stadium at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.