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Murray McLauchlan performing at Winterlude 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.
|Birth name||Murray Edward McLauchlan|
|Born||June 30, 1948|
|Origin||Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland|
|Genres||Country, Folk, Rock|
Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, he immigrated to Canada with his family when he was five years old. At 17, he began playing at coffeehouses in Toronto's Yorkville area and later attended Central Tech as an art student before deciding to become a full-time musician. He is best known in Canada for his Canadian smash hits "Farmer's Song" and "Down by the Henry Moore", which was about a sculpture in front of Toronto's city hall, where students met in the '60s and early 1970s. McLauchlan has had success in the pop, adult contemporary, country, and folk-music fields, with such songs as "Child's Song," the Juno Award-winning "Farmer's Song" (1973), "Hurricane of Change" (also 1973), "Do You Dream of Being Somebody" (1975), and "Whispering Rain" (1979).
In 1987, McLauchlan appeared on the children's television show, Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show singing his Juno-Award-Winning Farmer's Song. He appeared in Season 4 of The Elephant Show on the "Urban Cowboy" episode.
McLauchlan hosted the highly-rated CBC Radio program Swinging On a Star from 1989 to 1994.
McLauchlan holds a commercial licence with instrument rating and endorsements for multi-engine aircraft and seaplanes. In the late 1990s McLauchlan was flying commercial airplanes as a "bush pilot" in Northern Canada. In 1986 he starred in a television special called Floating over Canada, in which he piloted a Cessna 185 float plane across Canada. This special was broadcast on U.S. public television on PBS, as well as in Canada on CBC.
In 2004 McLauchlan helped form a group known as "Lunch At Allen's" featuring McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, Cindy Church and Ian Thomas. Formed as a result of meeting in Toronto for lunch at Allen's restaurant after McLauchlan's heart bypass surgery. Three CDs have been released as a result of this collaboration: Lunch at Allens (2004), Catch the Moon (2007) and More Lunch at Allens (2010).
McLauchlan has won 10 Juno Awards throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and been nominated for a total of 23 Juno awards.
In 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
In 1998, Penguin (Viking Books) released his autobiography The Ballad of Murray McLauchlan: Getting Out of Here Alive.
He is married to Denise Donlon and they have a son, Duncan (b. March 1992).
|1971||Song from the Street||38||True North|
|1973||Day to Day Dust||13|
|1974||Sweeping the Spotlight Away||34|
|1975||Only the Silence Remains||39|
|1977||Hard Rock Town||33|
|Live at the Orpheum (promo only)||Columbia|
|1979||Whispering Rain||14||42||Gold||True North|
|1980||Into a Mystery||18||61|
|1988||Swinging on a Star||24||Capitol|
|1991||The Modern Age|
|1996||Gulliver's Taxi||True North|
|2004||Lunch at Allens||Capitol/EMI|
|2006||The Songbook: New Arrivals|
|2007||Catch the Moon: Lunch at Allens|
|Songs from the Street: Best of Murray McLauchlan||True North|
|2010||More Lunch at Allens||Linus|
|2011||Human Writes||True North|
|CAN Country||CAN||CAN AC|
|1972||"Jesus Please Don't Save Me"||44||Song from the Street|
|1973||"Lose We"||13||Murray McLauchlan|
|"Hurricane of Change"||9||Day to Day Dust|
|1974||"Linda, Won't You Take Me In"||28||15||12|
|"Shoeshine Workin' Song"||15||59||13||Sweeping the Spotlight Away|
|1975||"Do You Dream of Being Somebody"||16||9|
|"Down by the Henry Moore"||1||12||1|
|"Little Dreamer"||15||Single only|
|1976||"On the Boulevard"||25||45||4||Boulevard|
|1977||"Love Comes and Goes"||77||Hard Rock Town|
|1978||"Straight Outa Midnight"||88|
|1979||"Whispering Rain"||27||24||15||Whispering Rain|
|"You Can't Win"||89|
|"Somebody's Long Lonely Tonight"||41|
|1980||"Don't Put Your Faith in Men"||24||Into a Mystery|
|"Try Walkin' Away"||53||11|
|1981||"If the Wind Could Blow My Troubles Away"||45||26||Storm Warning|
|1983||"Never Did Like That Train"||18||20||Timberline|
|1984||"Red River Flood"||18|
|"On the Subject of Loneliness"||26|
|"Everything Reminds Me of Loving You"||37|
|1985||"Song for Captain Keast"||32|
|"I'm Best at Loving You"||13||Midnight Break|
|"When You Become a Memory"||16|
|1986||"Me and Joey/Golden Fields"||34|
|1989||"Love with a Capital "L""||12||Swinging on a Star|
|"Please Don't Call It Runnin' Away"||35|
|1990||"Swinging on a Star"||23|
|1991||"The Modern Age"||75||63||21||The Modern Age|
|"So I Lost Your Love"||26|
|1996||"Secrets in Your Heart"||38||Gulliver's Taxi|
|1997||"No Change in Me"||48|
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