37 Facts About Anne Murray


Morna Anne Murray was born on June 20,1945 and is a Canadian singer of pop, country, and adult contemporary music, who has sold over 55 million album copies worldwide during her over 40-year career.


Anne Murray is well known for her Grammy Award-winning 1978 number-one hit "You Needed Me", and is the first woman and the first Canadian to win Album of the Year at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album A Little Good News.


Besides four Grammys, Anne Murray has received a record 24 Juno Awards, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards.


Anne Murray has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.


Anne Murray 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.


Morna Anne Murray was born in the coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, to Dr James Carson Murray, the town's physician, and Marion Margaret Murray, a nurse involved in community charity work.


Anne Murray's father died of leukemia aged 72 in 1980; her mother died on April 10,2006, aged 92 after a series of strokes during heart surgery.


Anne Murray later studied Physical Education at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.


In 1965, Anne Murray appeared on the University of New Brunswick student project record "The Groove".


Anne Murray performed "O Canada" at the first American League baseball game played in Canada on April 7,1977, when the Toronto Blue Jays played the Chicago White Sox at Exhibition Stadium.


Anne Murray reprised the Canadian national anthem prior to the first World Series game held in Canada, Game 3 of the 1992 World Series at the SkyDome.


Anne Murray was a celebrity corporate spokeswoman for The Bay, and she did commercials and sang the company jingle for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.


Anne Murray's last charting single in the US was 1991's "Everyday", which appeared on Billboards Country Singles chart.


In 1996, Anne Murray signed on with a new manager, Bruce Allen.


Anne Murray's last charting single in Canada was the title track "What a Wonderful World" in 2000.


Anne Murray released Country Croonin' in 2002, the follow-up to her successful 1993 album, Croonin'.


On December 26,2004, Anne Murray joined other Canadian music stars in the Canada for Asia Telethon, a three-hour, tsunami relief concert broadcast on CBC Television to support CARE Canada's efforts.


Bryan Adams and Anne Murray closed the show with a duet, "What Would It Take".


On October 10,2007, Anne Murray announced that she would embark on her final major tour.


Anne Murray was nominated for the 2008 Juno Award for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.


In 2009, Anne Murray released her autobiography, All of Me, and embarked on a 15-city book signing tour, starting in Nashville on October 27,2009, and ending in Ottawa on November 24,2009.


In 1975, Anne Murray married Bill Langstroth, music producer and longtime host of Singalong Jubilee.


Anne Murray lived in Markham, Ontario, for over 40 years, from the late 1970s through 2019.


Anne Murray kept close ties with her hometown, Springhill, Nova Scotia, located about an hour east of Moncton, New Brunswick, and 1.5 hours north of Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The Anne Murray Centre, located in Springhill, opened on July 28,1989, and houses a collection of memorabilia from both her personal life and professional career in a series of displays.


Anne Murray was involved in the construction of the Dr Carson and Marion Anne Murray Community Centre in Springhill, Nova Scotia.


Anne Murray served as the honorary chair of the fundraising campaign to replace the town arena that collapsed after a peewee hockey game in 2002.


On February 12,2010, Anne Murray was one of the eight Canadians who carried the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.


Anne Murray was a public supporter of Canadian environmentalist and geneticist David Suzuki's Nature Challenge.


Since 1968, Anne Murray has released 32 studio albums and 15 compilation albums.


Anne Murray won four Grammys, three American Music Awards, three CMA Awards, and a record 24 Juno Awards.


In 1995, Anne Murray received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.


Anne Murray was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1975 and promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1984, the second highest honour that can be awarded to a Canadian civilian.


Anne Murray was one of the first recipients of the newly established Order of Nova Scotia in 2002.


Anne Murray was recognized for her support of Canada's songwriters, through her performances and her recordings.


Anne Murray was recognized along with three other Canadian recording artists: Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell.


On May 20,2016, Anne Murray was granted an honorary degree by Mount Saint Vincent University.