Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Blessed Are the Believers" by Anne Murray

Song#:  0546
Date:  03/28/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  34
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary, Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Murray was on a streak of #1 country songs and this one served as her fifth in less that two years. It was the first of four singles (all reached the country chart) from her album "Where Do You Go When You Dream." After lower sales on her previous album, this one returned her to gold status.

ReduxReview:  Again, love the voice, don't like the material. She's had some good songs along the way, but most I just don't connect with. However, her voice is like buttah.What's funny is I just saw a repeat of a "Family Guy" episode where Stewie falls in love with Murray's voice and music. He goes to meet her and when he finds out she doesn't write her own songs, he calls her a fraud and ties her up and forces her to sing "Snowbird." What's great about this is that Murray guest stars as herself. She rawks.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  James "Sandy" Pinkard was a co-writer on this song. He co-wrote other country hits as well before joining forces with Richard Bowden and the comedy duo of Pinkard & Bowden was born. Their first album, 1984's "Writers in Disguise," reached #47 on the country chart and their comedy songs/parodies have been popular on radio shows across the nation.


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