Known to sometimes appear in those lists of “Worst Song Lyrics of All Time,” Michael Murphey’s 1975 hit Wildfire has been described by David Letterman as, “haunting and disturbingly mysterious, but always lovely.”
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- American Michael Murphey is a true cowboy – a lover of the outdoors, a native of Texas, a ranch owner and a writer and singer of western music.
- With six gold albums to his name, Michael’s had 12 singles reach the American Country top ten.
- Originally singing as Michael Murphey, since 1982 (yes, he is still performing) he has added his middle name and performed as Michael Martin Murphey.
- Michael has been married four times. His first wife was Diana Vero, former secretary to Brian Epstein. Diana was with The Beatles when they travelled through the US in 1964. Their son, Ryan, has also made a name in the American country music scene.
- Wildfire was written by Michael Murphey and Larry Cansler, and was originally recorded by Michael.
- It is the lead single from his 1975 gold album Blue Sky – Night Thunder, and is Michael’s highest charting US single, peaking at #2 on the US singles charts.
- In all, Wildfire has sold over two million copies.
- It is listed by the members of the Western Writers of America as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
- In 2007, David Letterman, seemed to become infatuated with Wildfire. Over a course of several weeks and a number of episodes of The Late Show, he discussed the song and its lyrics. Eventually, Michael was invited on the show to sing.
- Wildfire appears in an episode of The Simpsons named Lisa’s Pony. Lisa plays Wildfire to her pony with her saxophone.
- It hasn’t all been good for Michael’s tune – it has occasionally appeared in worst song lyric lists.
- Wildfire lyrics.
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