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Ralph Murphy 2004

August 22, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: Circa 2004
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

Notes:
Amongst many other projects, roles, & duties, highlights for Ralph Murphy this year include:

* 2004 – Co-worte ‘He Got You’, re-released by Ronnie Milsap for his greatest hits collection’ Ultimate Ronnie Milsap’.
* 2004 – Co-wrote ‘The Edge’. Artist: Annihilator. Album:Set the World on Fire/In Command: Live 1989-1990. Road Runner Records.
* 2004 – Wrote the song ‘Phoenix Rising’. Artist: Annihilator. Album: The Best of Annihilator.
* 2004 – Producer credits. Artist: Brutus. Album: For The People.

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Ralph Murphy Circa 2007

August 13, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: Circa 2007
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

Amongst many other projects, roles, & duties, highlights for Ralph Murphy this year include:

* 2007 – Another one of his hits re-released. Performer: Crystal Gayle. Album: Greatest Hits (Capitol Records) The song ‘River Road’ By Chatham’s Sylvia Tyson also appears on this album.
* 2007 – Composing & producer credits for… Artist: Mersaidee Soules. Album: Honest.
* 2007 – Ralph co-write ‘Seeds’ performed by Pryor Dawson Rayburn. Album: On Your Way Home.
* 2007 – Ralph wrote & co-wrote the self titled Smokey Circles Album. Reissue. Carnaby Records. Japan release.
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Ralph Murphy Circa 1998

August 12, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: Circa 1998
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

Amongst many other projects, roles, & duties, highlights for Ralph Murphy this year include:

* 1998 – Ralph co-writes the song ‘I’m Still Here, You’re Still Gone’ performed by Randy Travis. Album: You & You Alone. Label: Dreamworks.
* 1998 – Ralph co-wrote one of her biggest hits ‘Half the Way’. Artist: Crystal Gayle. Album: Super Hits.
* 1998 – Ralph co-wrote the ‘I Was Right About You’. Performed by John Prine. Album: Lucky 13.
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Ralph Murphy Circa 2000

August 12, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: Circa 2000
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

Amongst many other projects, roles, & duties, highlights for Ralph Murphy this year include:

* 2000 – Ralph Co-wrote this re-release of ‘He Got You’, performed by Ronnie Milsap. Album: 40 #1 Hits album.
* 2000 – Co-wrote this re-release of his hit ‘Half the Way’ performed by Crystal Gayle. CD: Various Artists: Classic Country, Vol. 5 (Renaissance)
* 2000 – Ralph wrote ‘In The Blood’ on Annihilator‘s CD ‘King Of The Hill.  Annihilator made waves in the metal scene with their 1989 release Alice In Hell.

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Ralph Murphy 1970

August 10, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: 1970
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, song writer, & publisher.

Amongst many other projects, roles, & duties, highlights for Ralph Murphy this year include:
1970 – Wrote for Smokey Circles – Smokey Circles. LP, Album· UK
1970 – Ralph wrote song #1 of the Brotherhood Of Man release. Album: United We Stand.

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Ralph Murphy 2011

August 10, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: 2011
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

2011 High Lights:
* 2011 – Released Murphy’s Laws of Song Writing “The Book”. He has been lecturing at summits & speaking engagements around the world spreading his mass knowledge of song writing & hit song writing accomplishments.
* 2011 – Ralph appears in the Canadian Indie Charts with a No. 1 song ‘Working at Christmas’, performed by Paul Brady and Terri Clark, written by Keith Donald, Ralph Murphy, and Paul Brady.
* 2011 – Ralph receives the Jo Walker-Meador International Award.
2011– Ralph co-writes ‘Guilty’ performed by Doug Gray. Album: Soul of the South.

Links:
Buy the book here: http://murphyslawsofsongwriting.com/

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Ralph Murphy 1979

August 9, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: 1979
Raised: (Chatham-Kent) Wallaceburg
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

Ralph Murphy is always involved with several projects, but a few select high lights include:

1979 – Cowrote “Half the Way” , performed by Crystal Gayle and became a number one hit. Album: Miss the Mississippi.
1979 – Band: April Wine. Album: Greatest Hits. Ralph gets credit for producing many of the songs.
1979 – Larry Raspberry And The Highsteppers – Album: No Accident. (Production credits/unverified, but most likely),
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Ralph Murphy 1968

August 9, 2013

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Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: 1968
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

A selection of releases by Ralph in 1968, as a song writer & producer.
1968 – He became Raffi Murphy in the group The High Windows.
1968 – Co-writes James Royal ‎– Call My Name. Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
1968 – Credits on The Casuals, The Toy / Touched. Decca · AT 15128 · 7″, Single · 1968 · Netherlands.
1968 – Vanity Fare ‎– Ralph wrote the B side ‘On The Other Side Of Life’. 7″, Single · 1968 · UK
1968 – UK – Wrote ‘Victim Of Perfume And Lace’ performed by Kenny Bernard, Vinyl, 7″, Single. Also co-produced it.
1968 – Co-wrote ‘Call My name’. Performed by Nicole Hernandez . Vinyl, Single, 7″. France.
1968 – Co-wrote the single ‘The Soul Of A Man’. Performed by Robbi Curtice. Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Promo.

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Slade Brothers 1966

August 5, 2013

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Band: Slade Brothers
Release: Single (7-Inch)
Year: 1966
Chatham-Kent Connection: Ralph Murphy was raised in Wallaceburg before heading out to build a music career.

Notes:
In 1964, Ralph began playing locally in a duo called the ‘Guardsmen’ in Wallaceburg.
Murphy moved to London, signed a record deal with Pye Records and released two singles with Jack Klaysen as The Guardsmen. The Guardsmen then changed their name to the Slade Brothers and released these two singles. The Slade Brothers opened up for famous headlining acts, such as The Kinks, The Troggs, Martha and the Vandellas, The Byrds, and The Walker Brothers.

This year (1966) He started producing records for CBS, Fontana, Carnaby, Decca, Other hits included Billy Fury’s “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt” and the Casuals “Touched”.

Tracks:
1. PEACE IN MY MIND
2. LIFE’S GREAT RACE

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Ralph Murphy Produces Gold record for April Wine 1972

August 5, 2013

Producer: Ralph Murphy
Work: Produced certified gold album for April Wine ‘On Record’.
Year: 1972
Raised: Wallaceburg (Chatham-Kent)

Notes: Under the guidance of producer Ralph Murphy, April Wine recorded their second album, titled On Record. The first single from the album was a cover version of the song “You Could Have Been a Lady”, originally by the band Hot Chocolate. The record was a commercial success, hitting number 5 on the Canadian charts, as well as cracking the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States where it stayed for 11 weeks, peaking at No. 32. Immediately following that triumph, April Wine released a second single from On Record, titled “Bad Side of the Moon.” It got much airplay on Canadian radio stations and was a minor hit in the U.S. as well. Both tracks remain staples on classic rock radio stations in Canada. On Record was certified Gold in Canada and the band, along with Murphy, returned the studio to exploit the popularity generated by their second release.
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Song Writer: Ralph Murphy
Work: Wrote country hit in 1972 performed by Jeanie C. Riley ‘Good Enough To Be Your Wife’.
Year: 1972
Raised: Wallaceburg (Chatham-Kent)

Notes:
Ralph pens a country hit in 1972 performed by Jeanie C. Riley ‘Good Enough To Be Your Wife’. During this period in 1972, Murphy wrote a song called “Good Enough to Be Your Wife” and played it for his girlfriend in his New York office. A producer there heard it, said “That’s a hit!” and cut it with Janet Lawson, a jazz singer. It was released as a single but wasn’t a hit – Murphy had bet the producer it wouldn’t be – but two or
three months later, he heard from Shelby Singleton saying, “Hey, man, I just cut your song, it’s gonna be a smash!” Murphy was “stunned” when Jeanie C. Riley’s recording
became his first country hit. The song was actually banned at the time on some stations because it was thought that he was promoting couples living together, even though it was actually making the opposite case.

 

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Ralph Murphy 2012 Hall of Fame

August 5, 2013

Name: Ralph James Murphy
Year: 2012
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario
Born: Saffron Walden, England, 1944.
Resides: Nashville
Position: performer, producer, songwriter, publisher, and most recently, Vice President, International and Domestic Membership, ASCAP.

Ralph Murphy inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

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” 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. – Caanadian Country Music Association.

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Ralph Murphy 2008 CD

April 17, 2010

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Artist: Ralph Murphy
Release: Self Titled
Year: 2008
Genre: Folk / Country
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario
Resides: Nashville

Tracks:
01. Half the Way
02. Seeds
03. Passing Through
04. Star Born Every Minute
05. Wild Rose
06. Occasional Tear
07. Nobody’s Baby
08. That’s the Way a Good Time Goes
09. Old Brown Shoes
10. All Night Rain
11. Lonely Like the Rose
12. Dependable Love Song
13. The World’s Gone Flat
14. And I Miss You

Additional Credits for 2008:
* 2008 – Ralph vocal harmony credits. Performer: Crystal Gayle. Album: Cage the Songbird/Nobody Wants to Be Alone.

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Guardsmen 1965

April 13, 2010

Duo: Guardsmen
Year: 1965
Genre: Folk
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario

Members:
Ralph Murphy (Raised in Wallaceburg)
Jack Klaeysen

The duo began in 1964 as folk singers who also play the acoustic guitar & banjo.  Murphy, who was raised in Wallaceburg, left the community in 1965 to pursue a career in the music business and quite a career it’s been. He has earned a number of gold records for songwriting and producing and become one of the best-known people on the inside of the music industry.

Notes: 1965 – Ralph Murphy had his first UK Number One with ‘Call My Name’ recorded by James Royal. Back then Ralph was in a bunch of bands. He put out five albums as an artist. The last deal he had was just as Ralph Murphy solo, and that was 1974.

* At the start of the sixties, Murphy went to L.A., staying in Manhattan Beach and playing the coffeehouses down by the lighthouse.

* Murphy and his musical partner, Jack Klaeysen (a good guitarist from another school-days band) bought one-way tickets from New York and arrived in Liverpool on February 14, 1965. While on ship, they began playing in steerage. Word spread, and they were invited to first class. An agent named Collins heard them and gave them a referral to his brother, Joe Collins – an agent who initially managed the career of his daughter, Joan Collins – with a big agency in London. Murphy didn’t quite believe him – “I said, ‘Yeah, sure, pal,’ and stuck the card in my sock and kept playing for free drinks and carrying on with the actresses on board.”

*When they arrived in Liverpool, they looked for places to play and ended up at a club called the Birdcage.  One night, Gerry and the Pacemakers were present and one of the band members began to talk to them. “They said, ‘Hey, man, you guys are really good! What are you doing in Liverpool?’ We said, ‘Hey, this is where it’s at!’ ‘No, it’s not! There’s nothing here! You need to go to London!’”

*Within four months of arriving in London, they had a record deal. Their deal was with Tony Hatch, the already legendary producer and writer for Petula Clark, under his label Pye Records. While they were auditioning for Tony Hatch, “Roger Cook stumbled in and heard us playing and said, ‘You’re gonna sign them, right?’” That encounter was the start of a long and productive relationship between Murphy and Cook.

* Their first album, a folk effort, was as the Guardsmen. Their second album was pop, and they were renamed the Slade Brothers. They cut a couple of their own songs,and also cut a Roger Greenway/Roger Cook song called “What a Crazy Life” that became a hit in early 1966, when they first heard themselves on the radio on Radio Luxembourg.

*  In the fall of 1965, they signed a publishing deal with Mills Music, later Belwin Mills Publishing. Later that year, a song penned by Murphy and Klaeysen – “Call My Name” – was recorded by James Royal and became a hit. “It was earth-shaking, it was everything I wanted it to be. I was addicted,” recalls Murphy. “All I ever wanted to be was a stand-alone writer. I wanted to have everyone record my songs and I could sit and listen to them on the radio. I was
ready – bring it on!” The recording of that song also became the introduction for Murphy to another musical career – record producer.

*At that point, Murphy began getting work as a producer throughout town, including CBS, Decca, and Phillips.

Read More about Ralph here or his own page here.

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