When I decided to do this series, I wondered how I should decide which acts I should highlight. I finally landed on this: Take the Billboard Top 100 singles of each year from 1970 to 1974, sort them according to the number of hits during that period, then start with the ones that had the most. When I did that, I realized that one of the big sellers during that period was someone I should have featured during the Chanteuses series, Anne Murray, who had four hit singles during that period.
Wikipedia tells us:
In 2011, Billboard ranked her 10th on their list of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever.
Anne’s first hit, “Snowbird,” was the first #1 single in the US by a Canadian female singer. It was written by Gene MacLellan and appeared on her second album, 1969’s This Way Is My Way, but not released as a single until mid-1970. The record reached #1 on the Canadian Country chart and #2 on the Canadian Pop chart. In the US it rose to #8 on the Pop chart, #10 on the Country chart, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was certified gold. It was #42 for the year.
In late 1973, Anne released her version of Kenny Loggins’s “A Love Song.” She had released his “Danny’s Song” the year before and it had done well. The song reached #1 on the Canadian Country, Pop, and Adult Contemporary charts. In the US, it reached #5 on the Country chart, #12 on the Pop chart, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was #80 for 1974.
Anne Murray paved the way for Canadian female singers such as k. d. lang, Céline Dion, and Shania Twain.
Anne Murray, your Two for Tuesday, February 14, 2017.