Birth Date: June 20, 1945 / Age: 72
Birth Place: Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
Also Credited as: Annie Murray
Biography: Anne Murray, CC , ONS , DBE , LL.D (born June 20, 1945), is a Canadian singer born in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her first hit, "Snowbird" (1970), reached the top ten on the US Pop charts, but was a surprise country hit, as well, and a number of her subsequent singles have charted both pop and country simultaneously. During 1970s and early 80s, her hits included "Danny's Song" (1972), "A Love Song" (1973), a remake of the Beatles' "You Won't See Me" (1974), "You Needed Me" (1978), "Shadows in the Moonlight" (1979), "Could I have this Dance" (from the movie Urban Cowboy, 1980), and "A Little Good News" (1982). Her hits started to taper off into the mid '80s, and her last top 100 charting pop hit was "Now and Forever (You and Me)" from 1986 (also her last country #1-she has 11 #1 country songs in all). Though her records continued to make the country charts for a few more years, by the early '90s, in the wake of country's neotraditionalist movement, her smooth, polished sound fell out of favor with country radio, as well. She still remains a top concert draw, and performs regularly in the US , Canada and occasionally in Australia. Her albums have sold close to 50 million units worldwide as of 2004.
Murray's song Snowbird may have inspired use of the term "snowbird" to describe Canadians and Americans who spend their winters in warmer climates.