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Western State Singing Cowboy

Image result for michael murphey when youngMichael was born in Texas, migrated during his college years to California and at one point early on (1964) formed a band call the Trinity River Boys with soon-to-be Monkee Michael Nesmith.

Michael Martin Murphey is a Western-State based musician sharing his time between New Mexico and often Colorado.  By his own admission he call Red River, New Mexico his “spiritual home”.  But the Colorado Music Hall of Fame does have a vivid interest in Murphey and he most likely will be one day inducted here.  He came to Colorado in 1974 to live fleeing Texas where he was having misgivings about the music industry.

Murphey also recorded at the famous Caribou Ranch studio located outside of Netherland, Colorado as did Earth Wind and Fire, John Denver and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  He would record his “Blue Sky, Night Thunder” long play at the ranch and the premier track would be his biggest Hot 100 hit record “Wildfire”.

The Murphey Western Institute is his testament to life in the great American West.  Murphey also founded “WestFest”, an on again, off again musical celebration held in Colorado.

Murphey also founded the late 1960’s group “The Lewis and Clark Expedition” – See discography below.

Michael Murphey Long Play Discography

LP – A&M 4358 – Geronimo’s Cadillac – Charted September, 1972 – #160

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LP – A&M 4388 – Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir – Charted June, 1973 – #196

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LP – Epic 32835 – Michael Murphey – 1974

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LP – Epic 34220 – Flowing Free Forever – February, 1975 – #18

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LP – Epic 33851 – Swans Against the Sun – Charted December, 1975 – #44

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LP – Epic 33290 – Blue Sky-Night Thunder – Charted November, 1976 – #130

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LP – Epic 35013 – Lonewolf – Charted April, 1978 – #99

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LP – Epic 35742 – Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks and Alleys – 1979

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LP – Liberty153917 – Michael Martin Murphey – Charted September, 1982 – #69

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LP – Liberty 51150 – The Heart Never Lies – Charted October, 1983 – #187

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LP – Warner Brothers 25369 – Tonight We Ride – Did Not Chart – 1986

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LP – EMI 17243 – The Best of Michael Martin Murphey – Did not chart – 1984

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LP – Warner Bros. 25500 – Americana – 1987 – did not chart

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LP – Warner Bros. 25644 – River of Time – 1988 – Did not chart

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45 RPM Singles

45 – A&M 1368 – Geronimo’s Cadillac/A Boy From the Country – July, 1972

45 – A&M 1447 – Cosmic Cowboy/Temperature Train – May, 1973

45- A&M 1459 – Calico Silver/Blessing In Disguise – July, 1973

45 – Epic 5-11130 – Holy Roller/Bye-By-The-Sea – May, 1974

45 – Epic 50084 – Wild Fire b/w Night Thunder – Charted March, 1975 #3 – Hot 100 #

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45 – Epic 15 2348 – Memory Lane Series Wildfire b/w A Mansion on the Hill – 1975

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45 – Epic 8-50131 – Carolina In The Pines/Without My Lady – August, 1975

45 – Epic 8-50184 – Renegade/A Mansion On The Hill – December, 1975

45 – Epic 8-50214 – Swans Against The Sun/Rhythm Of The Road – March, 1976

45 – Epic 8-50319 – Cherokee Fiddle/Running Wide Open – December, 1976

45 – Epic 8-50369 – Changing Woman/A North Wind and A New Moon – 1977

45 – Epic 50540 – Nothing Is Your Own b/w Song Dog – 1978 – Did Not Chart

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45 – Epic 50572 – Paradise Tonight b/w Song Dog – 1978 – Did Not Chart

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45 – Epic 8-50686 – Chain Gang/Lightning – 1979

45 – Epic 8-50739 – Backslider’s Wine/South Coast – July, 1979

45 – Epic 19-02075 – Take It As It Comes/Hard Country – May, 1981

45 – Epic Hall of Fame 15-2348 – Wildfire/The Mansion On The Hill

45 – Liberty 1455 – The Two-Step Is Easy b/w Lost River – Charted March, 1983 – C&W #44

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45 – Liberty 1466 – What’s Forever For b/w Crystal – Charted June, 1982 – C&W #1 – Hot 100 #19

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45 – Liberty 1486 – Still Taking Chances b/w Lost River – Charted November, 1982 – C&W #3 – Hot 100 #76

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45 – Liberty 1494 – Love Affairs b/w Crystal – March, 1983 – C&W #11

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45 – Liberty 1504 – Don’t Count the Rainy Days b/w The Heart Never Lies – Charted September, 1983 – C&W #9

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45 – Liberty 1514 – Will It Be Love by Morning b/w Goodbye Money Mountain – Charted January, 1984 – #7 C&W

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45 – Liberty 1517 – Disenchanted b/w Sacred Heart – Charted April, 1984 – C&W #12

 

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45 – Liberty 1523 – Radio Land b/w The Heart Never Lies – Charted C&W August, 1984 – #19 C&W

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45 – EMI 8243 – What She Wants b/w Still Taking Chances – Charted December, 1984 – #8 C&W

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45 – EMI 8265 – Carolina In the Pines b/w Cherokee Fiddle – Charted C&W May, 1985 – #9 C&W – #21 Hot 100

(This song charted earlier on the Hot 100 Charts in 1975 on the Epic label)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-27810 – Pilgrims On the Way (Matthew’s Song)/Still Got The Fire – July, 1988

45 – Warner Bros. 7-27668 – From The Word Go/Vanishing Breed – 1987

45 – Warner Bros. 7-28370 – A Long Line Of Love/Worlds Apart – April, 1987

45 – Warner Bros. 28797 – Tonight We Ride/Santa Fe Cantina – January, 1988

45 – Warner Bros. 28694 – Rollin’ Nowhere b/w Face-to-Face with The Night – Charted May, 1986 – #15 – C&W

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45 – Warner Bros. 28598 – Fiddlin’ Man b/w Ghost Town – Charted C&W August, 1986 – #40

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45 – Warner Bros. 28471 – A Face in the Crowd (with Holly Dunn) b/w You’re History – Charted C&W February, 1987 – #4

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45 – Warner Bros. 28168 – I’m Gonna Miss You Girl b/w Running Blood – Charted C&W November, 1987 – #3

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45 – Warner Bros. 2869 – The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball b/w Colorado Christmas (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

The Dirt Band was yet another Colorado sort of musical act – who most likely will find their way into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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45 – Warner Bros. 21949 – Back to Back Hits Reissue – A Long Line of Love b/w A Face in the Crowd – 1987

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45 – Warner Bros. 27947 – Talkin’ to the Wrong Man b/w What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Around – Charted C&W April, 1988 – #4

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45 – Warner Bros. 22970 – Never Givin’ Up On Love b/w Desperation Road – Charted May, 1989 – #9 C&W

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45 – Warner Bros. 22765 – Family Tree b/w Woodsmoke In the Wind – Charted October, 1989 – #48 – C&W

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45 – Warner Bros. 22666 – Route 66 b/w Jukebox – Charted C&W January, 1990 – #67

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45 – Warner Bros. 19724 – Cowboy Logic b/w Spanish is the Lovin’ Tongue – Charted September, 1990 – #52 C&W

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45 – Warner Bros. 19290 – What Am I Doing Here b/w  Where Do Cowboys Go When They Die/Reincarnation – 1990 – Did not chart

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45 – Warner Bros. 19412 – Let the Cowboy Dance b/w Red River Valley – Charted March, 1991 – #74 Country

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-19321 – Big Iron/Cowboy Logic (side 1 with Marty Robbins) – January, 1994

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45 – Warner Bros. Back-To-Back Hits 7-21895 – Talkin’ To The Wrong Man (with Ryan Murphey)/I’m Gonna Miss You, Girl

45 – Warner Bros. Back-To-Back-Hits 7-21949 – A Long Line Of Love/A Face In The Crowd

45 – What’s It All About? 1180 – “Interview with Bill Hure” (B side is Jose Feliciano)

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45 – American Pie 9049 – Hearts (by Marty Balin)/What’s Forever For

45 – Silver Spotlight Series X-210 – What’s Forever For/Don’t Count The Rainy Days

45 – Silver Burdett’s Pipeline PV 12450 – Rye By – The Sea

45 – Play Back AS 69 – Healing Springs

The Lewis and Clarke Expedition

Murphey performed and composed as “Travis Lewis” in this group – Other members were Owen Castleman (“Boomer Clarke”), John London, Ken Bloom and John Raines.

LP – Colgems COM 105 – “The Lewis and Clarke Expedition”

45 – Colgems 66-1006 – “I Feel Good (I Feel Bad)” b/w “Blue Revelations”

45 – Colgems 66-1011 – “Freedom Bird” b/w “Destination Unknown”

45 – Colgems 66-1022 – “Why Need The Pretend?” b/w “Chain Around the Flowers”

45 – Colgems 66-1028 – “Daddy’s Plastic Child” b/w “Gypsy Song Man”

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