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Anne Murray - Biography

Decades of Hit Songs and Awards

With younger brother Bruce 1984

Anne was a guest star on many of the popular television shows of the era: Alan Thicke, The Bobby Vinton Show, Christmas With Friends of Sesame Street, American Bandstand, Dean Martin Summer Show, DINAH!, Johnny Cash's Christmas Special, Dolly Parton Show, The Midnight Special, The Mike Douglas Show (including a week in 1980, as co-host), Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, Perry Como Show, The Smothers Brothers Show and Solid Gold.

John Lennon, Anne, Harry Nilsson,
Alice Cooper, Micky Dolenz 1973

During this time, Anne was also busy starring in her own numerous television specials - set everywhere from Nova Scotia to Jamaica, from the Quebec Winter Carnival to the Caribbean!

Through the years, she has rubbed shoulders with many of the movers and shakers of the day: prime ministers and presidents, a Beatle and some Barenaked Ladies, the royalty of Great Britain and the royalty of country music, hockey stars and golfers, comedians and divas.

President George Bush once wrote to Anne:

"Your music is that Little Good News we sure could use."

When John Lennon knocked on her dressing room door at the 1974 Grammy Awards, it was to tell Anne that her hit, You Won't See Me, was his favourite cover version of a Beatles song.

Jerry Seinfeld opened for Anne on a number of occasions. Many years later, when he was the star of his own sitcom, he wrote a note to her:

"Dear Anne,
I will never forget you or your kindness to me in the days that were. It was such fun and so important to me. I always think back on them (and you) fondly."

There's a hippo in my tub 1977

Anne recorded 24 studio albums between 1970 and 1988. Her 1977 award-winning children's album, There's a hippo in my tub, continues to delight a whole new generation of families. In 1978, she delivered her biggest hit ever, You Needed Me, which led to her second Grammy.

"...I have recorded in excess of 300 songs ... I liked all of those songs, but I think this is the best one."

- Anne says of You Needed Me

1980 Grammy Could I Have
This Dance

Anne's career to date has been honoured by a spectacular number of awards - more than almost any female singer in history. She is the proud recipient of four Grammys, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards and 24 Juno Awards. Anne has also been honoured with the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2008), the Legacy Award from the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006), the East Coast Music Association Directors' Special Achievement Award (2001), induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (2002) and induction into the Juno Hall of Fame (1993).

With Glen Campbell and Gordon Lightfoot, Juno Hall of Fame Induction 1993

Hollywood Walk of
Fame 1980

Anne is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honour that can be awarded to a Canadian civilian. Canada Post issued a limited edition Anne Murray Stamp in 2007. She was the first inductee into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. She has her own Star at Hollywood and Vine. In 1998, she was in the inaugural group awarded a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame on King Street in Toronto, and she has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars.

Atlantic City - Handprints in
Cement - 2002

In 2002, Anne was recognized with some diverse honours. She added her handprints to the cement at the Resorts Entrance to the Stars on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City; she was named an Honourary Canadian Tourism Ambassador; and she was a recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia in its inaugural year.

Anne gives back

With all of her success, Anne wanted to give something back to her community. Her hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia, had closed its coal mines and the economy needed a boost. Anne was happy to lend her name and her support to the Anne Murray Centre.

Anne Murray Centre opens in 1989

The Centre is a non-profit association, and all the revenue generated from its operation is used to provide employment for local people and for its ongoing maintenance. The Anne Murray Centre, which opened its doors in 1989, recognizes Anne's musical accomplishments. It has successfully fostered tourism in the area and has promoted awareness of the music of Nova Scotia and Canada.

Anne Murray
Centre Scrapbook

The Anne Murray Centre celebrates the success of Anne Murray, with an incomparable collection of photographs, awards, memorabilia and audio-visual highlights of her life and career. Anne selected her favourites from the Centre's collection and put them together for the book Anne Murray Centre Scrapbook. There are more than 200 photographs and letters from some of Anne's biggest fans, including Burt Reynolds, Wayne Gretzky and Bryan Adams.