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Murray recorded this after watching its composer, Gene MacLellan, perform it on Canadian TV. It was the second song MacLellan had ever written and he penned it in just 25 minutes.
This was Murray's first hit. She started recording when the producer of a show that turned her down as a singer gave her a shot 2 years later. She became a very popular Pop/Country crossover artist.
This was the first ever gold record by a Canadian solo female artist.
Lyrically the snowbird is used as a metaphor for freedom by contrasting the narrator's in ability to leave the place of his/her heartache with the bird's ability to just up and fly away.
Other artists who have recorded this song include, Lynn Anderson, Bing Crosby with Count Basie, Burl Ives, Loretta Lynn, Al Martino, Elvis Presley, and Andy Williams.
This was an inaugural song inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
Tom Keifer of Cinderella
Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.
Van Dyke Parks
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
Penny Ford of Snap!
The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
After many years working on the Bridge School, Pegi is establishing her career as a singer/songwriter.