Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: Circa 1969
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.
* In 1969, Ralph Murphy moved to New York as Director of Production for Belwin/Mills Publishing producing demos for Broadway musicals and started two successful record labels.
* Circa 1969, Murphy produced albums for several groups, including, but not limited to, April Wine, Mashmakhan, Shooter, Brutus & Sea Dog.
* 1969 – Wrote ‘Touched’. Released by The Casuals. Album: Hour World.
* 1969 – Wrote ‘Sun Comes Up. released by John Walker.
Overview as of 2013.
Canadian songwriter/producer/author Ralph Murphy is a lifetime achiever in the Music Business. Leaving Canada for Liverpool in 1965 led to his first #1 production/writing credit, “Call My Name” by James Royal in 1966. His early successes in Europe set the stage for his return to Toronto to produce platinum albums for April Wine (You Could Have Been A Lady) and in 1971 to have his first huge Country hit by Jeannie C. Riley (Good Enough To Be Your Wife). While in Nashville in 1972 to collect his first (of many) ASCAP Country Awards he felt excited by the creative environment and moved there to start a Publishing/production company with his pal Roger Cook. His songs have been recorded and released by dozens of artists like Randy Travis, Shania Twain, Ray Price, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Kathy Mattea, Micky Gilley and so many more. Having had chart success as a writer in every decade since the sixties puts him in a rare club. His newly released Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting, “The Book” (2011) has become a best seller with professional songwriters, universities and songwriter organizations worldwide. He is also the only Canadian to have been President of the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI), President of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy (NARAS) and a National Trustee of NARAS. He has served on the Canadian Country Music Association Board, as well as the Songwriters Guild of America regional advisory board and the Southern Regional Writers Advisory board of ASCAP. Most recently he was presented the Jo Walker-Meador International Achievement Award by the Country Music Association (CMA) for services to Country Music worldwide. He is an active member of the CCMA, CMA, NARAS, Songwriters Association of Canada, SGA and ASCAP. – Canadian Country Music Association.
In 2012, Ralph Murphy was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
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