Mary MacGregor

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Mary Macgregor
Born (1948-05-06) 6 May 1948 (age 66)
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Genres Folk, country, soft rock[1]
Years active 1976–2000
Labels Ariola America, RSO Records

Mary Macgregor (born 6 May 1948) is an American singer, best known for singing the 1976 song "Torn Between Two Lovers", which topped the Billboard charts for two weeks.

Career[edit]

Macgregor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. She began studying piano at age six, and was singing with bands by the time she was a teenager. After attending the University of Minnesota, Macgregor began to tour the country with various acts and caught the attention of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul & Mary. She soon joined Yarrow, singing backup on a solo tour, and made an appearance on his Love Songs album[citation needed].

Signed to Ariola America records, Macgregor released her debut single, "Torn Between Two Lovers", in late 1976. The new year saw the single top both the pop charts[2] and adult contemporary charts, selling over a million copies[citation needed] In addition, it reached #3 on Billboard's Country chart and also reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] Two further singles from the album of the same name, also written and produced by Yarrow, charted but were overwhelmed by the success of the title track.

Macgregor admitted in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson that she hated her own chart-topper, chiefly because she had little sympathy for the narrator of "Torn Between Two Lovers", a woman who confesses to her husband that she is having an affair, but pleads with her husband to stay with her and accept the situation.[citation needed] Macgregor also said that the song indirectly led to the breakup of her own marriage, because her career kept her away from home so often that her relationship with her husband strained, and they decided to separate[citation needed]. Macgregor did acknowledge that the song was successful because it appealed to listeners who had found themselves in the situation described in the lyrics[citation needed].

She released several more albums, and had three more minor chart singles (including the song "Good Friend" from the 1979 Bill Murray film Meatballs).[4]

In 1980, Macgregor won best song and best performance at the 'World Popular Song Festival' in Tokyo, Japan with "What's The Use," which she had co-written with David Bluefield.

For the 1981 Japanese Anime movie, "Aideu Galaxy Express 999," Macgregor wrote and performed two songs. They were "Sayonara" and "Love Light".

In the mid-1980s, Macgregor performed in nightclubs around the Central Coast of California with Mary and the Blue Jays, a trio composed of Macgregor, James Royce on bass, and Jim Kennedy on guitar.

In 1999, she teamed up with fellow musician friends, Joe Ghiglia and John Holt to form The Mary Macgregor Band. The result was an album called Perfect Yellow House.

She is also mentioned in the liner notes of 1976's The Steamboat Album as doing vocals for one of the tracks, "Rabbit Ears". The album was recorded by Yampa River Records in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US US Country CAN UK[3]
1976 Torn Between Two Lovers 17 3 28 59 Ariola
1978 ...In Your Eyes
1979 Mary MacGregor's Greatest Hits
1980 Mary MacGregor RSO

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US US AC US Country CAN CAN AC CAN Country UK[3]
1976 "Torn Between Two Lovers" 1 1 3 1 1 3 4 Torn Between Two Lovers
1977 "The Girl (Has Turned Into a Woman)" 46 27 36 60 23 38
"For a While" 90 38 86 77 14
1978 "I've Never Been to Me" 29 In Your Eyes
"Memories"
"The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" 81 23 Mary MacGregor's Greatest Hits
1979 "Good Friend" 39 11 86 6 Mary MacGregor
1980 "Dancing Like Lovers" 72 31
"Somebody Please"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado Rocks!: A Half-Century of Music in Colorado - G. Brown - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Seventies Almanac - 1977". Superseventies.com. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 339. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Meatballs: Music". Amazon.com. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2012-12-16.