Shadows in the Moonlight

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This article is about Anne Murray's song. For Robert E. Howard's short story about an adventure of Conan the Cimmerian, see Shadows in the Moonlight (story).
"Shadows in the Moonlight"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album New Kind of Feeling
B-side "Yucatan Cafe"
Released May 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:25
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Charlie Black and Rory Michael Bourke
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"I Just Fall in Love Again
(1979)
"Shadows in the Moonlight"
(1979)
"Broken Hearted Me"
(1979)

"Shadows in the Moonlight" is a song written by Charlie Black and Rory Michael Bourke, and recorded by Canadian country and pop music singer Anne Murray. It was released in May 1979 as the second single from the album New Kind of Feeling. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that July, and was one of three chart-toppers for her during the year.[1] "Shadows in the Moonlight" was Murray's third No. 1 single on the country chart and fourth overall (counting "You Needed Me," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978).

"Shadows in the Moonlight" was released during Murray's peak as a crossover artist, and the song was one of several that also charted on the Hot 100. The song peaked at #25 in July and spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
Preceded by
"She Believes in Me" by Kenny Rogers
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
June 16, 1979 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Lead Me On" by Maxine Nightingale
Preceded by
"Amanda"
by Waylon Jennings
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 21, 1979
Succeeded by
"You're the Only One"
by Dolly Parton
Preceded by
"You're the Only One"
by Dolly Parton
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 4, 1979
Succeeded by
"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky"
by Johnny Cash

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 242. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 176.