|Birth name||Murray Edward McLauchlan|
|Born||30 June 1948|
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Country, Folk, Rock|
Murray Edward McLauchlan,(born 30 June 1948) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and harmonica player. He is best known for his Canadian hits "The Farmer's Song," "Whispering Rain," and "Down by the Henry Moore".
McLauchlan was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland; he immigrated to Canada with his family when he was five years old. He grew up in suburban Toronto. 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.
In the 1960s McLauchlan moved to New York City, but had little success in promoting his musical career there. In 1970, McLauchlan returned to Toronto and signed with True North Records; he released an album, Songs from the Street in 1971. Over the next several years he had success in the pop, adult contemporary, country, and folk-music fields, with such songs as "Child's Song," the Juno Award-winning "The Farmer's Song" (1973), and "Hurricane of Change" (also 1973).
In 1974 McLauchlan embarked on a long tour in the United States. He later released "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 The Farmer's Song. He appeared in Season 4 of The Elephant Show on the "Urban Cowboy" episode.
McLauchlan has held a commercial pilot license (CPL) with Instrument flight rating (IFR) and endorsements for multi-engine aircraft and seaplanes for decades. During a performance in the 1980s, McLauchlan commented to audiences, half-jokingly, of "giving this music thing a little more time" before giving it up and returning to flying for a living.
In the late 1990s, McLauchlan was flying commercial airplanes as a "bush pilot" in Northern Canada. In 1984 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 in Canada on CBC as well as in the U.S. on public television (PBS). This TV special featured several songs from Murray's then current album, "Heroes" and featured a number of special musical guests: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Sylvie Tremblay, Levon Helm (of The Band), and Edith Butler, all of them representing different aspects and/or regions of Canada.
In 1998, Penguin (Viking Books) released his autobiography The Ballad of Murray McLauchlan: Getting Out of Here Alive.
In 2004 McLauchlan helped form a group known as "Lunch At Allen's" featuring McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, Cindy Church and Ian Thomas. The group 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).
During the summer of 2016, he was performing in Lunch at Allen's in Ontario, Canada.
He is married to Denise Donlon and they have a son, Duncan (b. March 1992).
Murray McLauchlan solo career (1971–2021)
|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|
|2006||The Songbook...New Arrivals (Songs From The Musical "Eddie")||Capitol/EMI|
|2007||Songs from the Street: The Best of Murray McLauchlan||True North|
|2011||Human Writes||True North|
|2017||Love Can't Tell Time||True North|
With Lunch at Allen's (2004–present)
|2004||Lunch at Allen's||Capitol/EMI|
|2007||Catch the Moon||Capitol/EMI|
|2010||More Lunch at Allen's||Linus|
|2012||Zuzu’s Petals - A Lunch At Allen’s Christmas|
|2017||If It Feels Right|
|CAN Country||CAN||CAN AC|
|1972||"Jesus Please Don't Save Me"||44||Song from the Street|
|1973||"Lose We"||13||Murray McLauchlan|
|"The Farmer's Song"||8||6||3|
|"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/Tell Your Mother She Wants You"||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|
- Larry LeBlanc (8 December 2001). "SOCAN recognized McLauchlan, Klees, Bachman and Cummings". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 74–. ISSN 0006-2510.
- [Barney Bentall "Weathering change 25 years on, Murray McLauchlan toils happily in relative solitude"]. Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Mitch Potter 14 December 1996 Page: SW.15
- Gillian Mitchell (17 February 2016). The North American Folk Music Revival: Nation and Identity in the United States and Canada, 1945–1980. Routledge. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-1-317-02250-3.
- Ryan Edwardson (2009). Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music. University of Toronto Press. pp. 160–. ISBN 978-0-8020-9989-1.
- Jason Schneider (15 December 2010). Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music... from Hank Snow to the Band. ECW Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-55490-552-2.
- Marco Adria (1990). Music of Our Times: Eight Canadian Singer-Songwriters. James Lorimer & Company. pp. 112–. ISBN 978-1-55028-315-0.
- Martin Melhuish (13 July 1974). "From the Music Capitals of the World". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 42–. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Murray McLauchlan – The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Paul Myers (1 January 2001). Barenaked Ladies: Public Stunts, Private Stories. Madrigal Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-894160-02-5.
- Festival of Friends concert at Gage Park, Hamilton, Ontario
Doolan, Susan (10 June 2016). "Lunch At Allen's brings talented musicians back to Barrie". Barrie Examiner. Barrie Examiner. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
Their approach to a concert is like a band, not as a singer-songwriter event. They all play on each others' songs and sing and harmonize together.
- "2001 SOCAN Awards". Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "Award recognizes McLauchlan's career". The Record – Kitchener, Ont. 21 November 2001, B.06
- "The CCMA Announces 2016 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees". Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.