Monday, April 15, 2013

"Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray

Grammy Alert!
Song#:  0323
Date:  09/06/1980
Debut:  81
Peak:  33
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Country



Pop Bits:  This song was the fifth and final single lifted from the double-LP soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy." Although it only made the pop Top 40, it was Murray's fifth country #1 and reached #3 on the AC chart. The song also won a Grammy for Murray for Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Female.

ReduxReview:  I may have mentioned previously that country waltzes and me don't really get along. That 1-2-3 clomping is usually accompanied by some sad, screamy pedal steel guitar and it just grates my nerves. However, I will say that it is hard to not like something Murray is singing. Her voice is so pretty and comforting. And this song is not as bad as a lot of others. Overall, it is still nothing I'd put in my rotation, but I'll give props to Murray for making me want to listen.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Murray's debut album was 1968's "What About Me," originally only released in Canada. The title track, written by Scott McKenzie of "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair)" fame (#4, 1967), got some action on Canadian radio upon release but failed to chart. After becoming a star there and in the US, Murray released the 1973 album "Danny's Song," which featured the #7 title track. The album's first side had studio recordings while the second side featured live performances. The album's second single was the live version of "What About Me," which hit #64 pop, #20 country (and #2 Canadian country).

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