Ralph Murphy has done just about everything you can do in the music business: artist, writer, producer, publisher, industry expert, author and all-around sage. After years in Canada and London in the music business trenches, in 1971, Murphy had a number two country hit with Jeannie C. Riley titled “Good Enough to be Your Wife” which gave Murphy his first introduction to Nashville. In 1978, Murphy moved to Nashville and began a joint venture publishing/production company with Roger Cook called PICALIC. The company achieved its first number one hit within a year with a song by Crystal Gayle called “Talking in Your Sleep“, written by Bobby Wood and Roger Cook. In 1978, Murphy co-wrote “Half the Way” with Bobby Wood, which was recorded by Crystal Gayle and became a number one hit. In 1980 Murphy co-wrote “He Got You” with Bobby Wood, which was recorded by Ronnie Milsap and also became a number one hit. Murphys’ most recent success as “21st Century Christmas”, co-written with Paul Brady and recorded by Cliff Richard which made it to number 2 on the UK charts. Other artists that have recorded Murphy’s songs include Randy Travis, Ray Price, Don Williams, Kathy Mattea, Little Texas, Shania Twain, Brotherhood of Man, Vanity Fair, and many more.Murphy has worked with ASCAP for the past 14+ years to facilitate workshops for songwriters, and help protect songwriters rights. He is the author of the noted Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting, which he has posted to his website to help aspiring writers obtain success in their own careers, and has recently released an album of his previously recorded hits and also several of his own favorite previously unrecorded songs.
On the Web
- Ralph Murphy on Wikipedia
- Official Website – Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting – one of the best books you’ll ever read on songwriting!
- Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting excerpts at ASCAP
- Ralph Murphy on Spotify
- Ralph Murphy on Twitter