Bluebird (Anne Murray song)

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"Bluebird"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album You Will
ReleasedNovember 1990
GenreCountry
Length3:34
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)Ron Irving
Producer(s)Jerry Crutchfield
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Feed This Fire"
(1990)
"Bluebird"
(1990)
"New Way Out"
(1991)

"Bluebird" is a song recorded by Canadian country pop singer Anne Murray for her 1990 album release You Will from which it was the second track sent for promotion to radio. [1]

The song had first been recorded by its composer Ron Irving in 1980 as "Bluebird Lullaby", [2] reaching #28 on the RPM Country 50 Singles chart in March 1981: [3] Irving, a native of Powell River (BC) then playing guitar and singing in lower mainland clubs, had written the song to be performed at his wedding. [2] From 1985 Irving had fronted the group Bootleg whose 1988 self-titled album had included a remake of "Bluebird Lullaby": (quote Irving:) "My band had kind of run its course and was breaking up. Then I got the call that there was a song from our album that Anne [Murray] was going to record." [4] On the strength of Murray's recording "Bluebird Lullaby" (as "Bluebird") Irving would be signed as a staff writer at BMG Publishing Group.[5]

Murray would say of "Bluebird": "It had been twenty years since I did a bird song so I figured it was time for another" [6] - referencing her 1970 breakout hit "Snowbird". [6] Sung to a calypso arrangement, [7] [8] "Bluebird" would be the followup to Murray's Top Ten C&W hit "Feed This Fire", "Bluebird" would peak at #39 on the Billboard C&W chart where Murray would subsequently have one final chart showing: "Everyday" (#56/ 1991). [9] "Bluebird" was more of a success in Canada, rising as high as #3 on the RPM100 Country Tracks chart in March 1991. [10]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 39
Year-end chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[13] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Joel Whitburn's Top Country Songs: 1944-2005. NYC: Crown Publishing. p. 265. ISBN 978-0898201772.
  2. ^ a b Powell River Living October 2016 p. 30
  3. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/028020/f2/nlc008388.0368.pdf
  4. ^ http://prod-admin1.glacier.atex.cniweb.net:8080/preview/www/2.2551/2.2934/2.3152/1.753534
  5. ^ http://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/entertainment/260027051.html
  6. ^ a b http://www.deseretnews.com/article/124384/SNOWBIRD-SONGBIRD-AT-SYMPHONY-HALL.html?pg=all
  7. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/125168/CANADIAN-ANNE-MURRAY-PERFORMS-HIT-AFTER-HIT-FOR-ADORING-UTAH-FANS.html?pg=all
  8. ^ Billboard vol 102 #46 (17 November 1990) p. 77
  9. ^ http://www.musicvf.com/Anne+Murray.art
  10. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/028020/f2/nlc008388.1466.pdf
  11. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1466." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 16, 1991. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "Anne Murray Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved November 16, 2013.