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Short Info

FactGraduated from W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas in 1964 with honors, and made an appearance at the high school to speak to the honor students of the graduating class of 1982.


Michael Martin Murphey is an American singer-songwriter best known for writing and performing Western music, country rock, and pop-oriented music. He has recorded 18 studio albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country charts, including two No. 1 hits. Murphey has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards. He was inducted into the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

Murphey was born in Dallas, Texas, on March 14, 1945. His father, John Murphey, was a successful oilman and his mother, Lois Martin, was a homemaker. He has two older sisters, Nancy and Sharon. Murphey’s early education took place at private schools in Dallas. He began playing the guitar at the age of eight and soon developed a love for country music.

Murphey’s first professional gig came at the age of 16 when he played in a Dallas nightclub. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. In 1968, he released his debut album, Michael Martin Murphey. The album was not a commercial success, but it did gain Murphey some attention in the music industry.

Murphey’s big break came in 1972 when he was asked to write a song for the film, “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” The song, “A Man Can Cry,” was a hit and helped to launch Murphey’s career. He went on to write several more songs for films, including “Urban Cowboy” and “The Electric Horseman.”

In 1975, Murphey released his most successful album to date, “Blue Sky – Night Thunder.” The album featured the hit single, “Wildfire,” which became one of the most popular country songs of all time. “Wildfire” sold more than two million copies and helped to make Murphey a household name.

Murphey continued to release successful albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he released the album, “Cowboy Songs,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.

In recent years, Murphey has focused on writing and performing Western music. He has released several albums of original cowboy songs, including “Cowboy Songs II” and “Cowboy Songs III.” He continues to tour throughout the United States and Europe.

Murphey has been married three times. His first marriage was to Susan Denton in 1968. The couple had one child together, a son named Martin. Murphey and Denton divorced in 1974.

Murphey’s second marriage was to Margo Anderson in 1976. The couple had two children together, daughters Kate and Annie. Anderson and Murphey divorced in 1993.

Murphey’s third marriage is to Mary Saunders-Barton. The couple wed in 1997 and have one child together, a son named Jesse.

Murphey has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

ProfessionSinger, Poet, Songwriter, Film Score Composer, Wildfire, Geronimo's Cadillac, What's Forever For
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles, W. H. Adamson High School, Wildfire, Geronimo's Cadillac, What's Forever For, Motel Misery, I've Lost Everything, Loveless Ave.
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsPink Lavary Murphey, Lois Corbett Murphey, Wildfire, Geronimo's Cadillac, What's Forever For

Accomplishments

AwardsAcademy of Country Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year, Wildfire, Geronimo's Cadill...

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Facts

#Fact
1Wrote and performed under the pseudonym 'Travis Lewis' as a member of The Lewis & Clarke Expedition.
2Graduated from W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas in 1964 with honors, and made an appearance at the high school to speak to the honor students of the graduating class of 1982.

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBGB2013performer: "Mansion on the Hill" - as Michael Murphey
Bandits2001writer: "Wildfire" 1975 - as Michael Murphey
Bubble Boy2001performer: "Wildfire" - as Michael Murphey / writer: "Wildfire" - as Michael Murphey
Mystery Science Theater 30001993-1997TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentary writer: " What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round?"
Paper Hearts1993performer: "Paper Hearts", "Land of Enchantment", "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before", "Dancing With A Memory" / writer: "Paper Hearts", "Land of Enchantment", "Dancing With A Memory"
The Simpsons1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D.1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
Quantum Leap1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pink Cadillac1989performer: "Never Givin' Up on Love"
Young Country1988Video short performer: "I'm Gonna Miss You, Girl"
Hard Country1981lyrics: "COSMIC COWBOY/COSMIC BREAKDOWN" / music: "COSMIC COWBOY/COSMIC BREAKDOWN" / performer: "COWBOY CADILLAC", "HARD COUNTRY", "HARD PARTYIN' COUNTRY DARLIN'", "RIDE OUT THE HARD TIMES", "TAKE IT AS IT COMES", "COSMIC COWBOY/COSMIC BREAKDOWN", "BREAK MY MIND" / writer: "COWBOY CADILLAC", "HARD COUNTRY", "HARD PARTYIN' COUNTRY DARLIN'", "RIDE OUT THE HARD TIMES", "TAKE IT AS IT COMES"
Urban Cowboy1980writer: "Cherokee Fiddle" - as Michael Murphy
The Benny Hill Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pickup on 1011972as Murphy, "Electric Ethel"
A Walk in the Spring Rain1970writer: "What Am I Doing Hangin Round?"
The Monkees1967-1968TV Series writer - 3 episodes
In the Heat of the Night1967performer: "Foul Owl on the Prowl" - uncredited

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Home on the Range2016TV MovieJudge John Harlan
Elko: The Cowboy Gathering1994TV Movie
Lonesome Dove: The Series1994TV SeriesMurph
Paper Hearts1993
Hard Country1981Michael
The Kowboys1970TV MovieZak (as Michael Martin Murphy)

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Road to Valhalla2013Documentary musician
Bubble Boy2001composer: song "Wild Fire"
Hard Country1981music supervisor

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hard Country1981
Alambrista!1977

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hard Country1981story

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen2007TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bluegrass Underground2014TV SeriesHimself
John Denver Rocky Mountain High: An Earth Day Concert2011TV Special
Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2007TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Austin City Limits1996-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHimself
Nashville on the Road1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1974TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Young Country1988Video shortHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1997Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFactual NarrativeAustin City Limits (1975)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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