7 January 1959, Herrin, Illinois, USA. Although it took Murphy more than 10 years to secure a major label recording contract with MCA Records, he quickly regained ground with the success of his debut album, Out With A Bang, which topped Billboards Heatseekers chart in 1995. Murphy had first been spotted by MCA Nashville president Tony Brown while leading his country band, Blue Tick Hounds, in 1985. However, a full decade passed before Brown offered Murphy a recording contract, though the artist conceded that his former band was too edgy for country radio at the time or, at least, too edgy to get a deal. In the intervening period Murphy worked as a professional songwriter, writing Red Roses Wont Work Now for Reba McEntire and High Weeds And Rust for Doug Stone. A version of that song was also included on Out With A Bang, alongside other original material such as the singles Party Crowd, Dust On The...
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