Snowbird (1969)

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Anne Murray (born Morna Anne Murray June 20, 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada.)

Murray recorded "Snowbird" after watching its composer, Gene Maclellan, perform it on Canadian TV. It became her first hit.

In 1999, BMI ranked "Snowbird" at #53 on their list of the Top 100 Songs of the Century (based on American radio and television airplay).

In 2002 Anne Murray was ranked #24 in Country Music Television's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music.

In 2007 Anne Murray recorded "Snowbird" as a duet with Sarah Brightman, who is one of the biggest selling classical female singers of all time.

Chart position:
#8 (US, in 1970), #10 (US Country), #1 (US Adult Contemporary, five weeks,) #23 (UK).

It was preceded at #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart by "I Just Can't Help Believing" (B.J. Thomas) and succeeded by "We've Only Just Begun" (The Carpenters).

Written by:
Gene MacLellan (born 1938, died January 19, 1995).

A fellow Canadian, Gene MacLellan did not begin writing songs until 1968. "Snowbird" was only the second composition he wrote. It was written in 25 minutes. Other songs he wrote include "Put Your Hand in the Hand" (which was a #2 US hit for Ocean in 1970,) "The Call", "Pages of Time" and "Thorn in My Shoe".

Also by:
Ferrante & Teicher, Perry Como, Gene MacLellan, Lynn Anderson, Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra, Elvis Presley (who was said to have considered Anne Murray to be his favorite female singer,) Chet Atkins, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow, Bing Crosby & Count Basie and his Orchestra, Billie Jo Spears, Percy Faith, Doc & Merle Watson, Lawrence Welk and Burl Ives.

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