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May 6, 1948 |
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
|Genres||Folk, country, soft rock|
|Labels||Ariola America, RSO Records|
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.
Signed to Ariola America records, Macgregor released her debut single, "Torn Between Two Lovers", in late 1976; it became a smash hit by February 1977. The new year saw the single top both the pop charts and adult contemporary charts, selling over a million copies In addition, it reached #3 on Billboard's Country chart and also reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. 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. 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. Macgregor did acknowledge that the song was successful because it appealed to listeners who had found themselves in the situation described in the lyrics.
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.
She now lives in Creston, CA, has re-married, has two children and is retired.
|1976||Torn Between Two Lovers||17||3||28||59||Ariola|
|1978||...In Your Eyes||—||—||—||—|
|1979||Mary MacGregor's Greatest Hits||—||—||—||—|
|US||US AC||US Country||CAN||CAN AC||CAN Country||UK|
|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|
|"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||—||—||—||—||—|
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