14 March 1932, Syracuse, New York, USA. Murphy began singing as a child and in his mid-teens was performing with a band led by his brother. He worked in many parts of the USA, and had built a small reputation for himself in New York when the appearance of several albums in the late 50s announced that the jazz world had a new and important singer in its midst. During the 60s he continued to tour, visiting Europe and making more fine records with Al Cohn (Thats How I Love The Blues) and a group drawn from the Clarke-Boland Big Band (Midnight Mood). In the middle of the decade he decided to settle in Europe and worked extensively on the Continent (including dates with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra), with occasional visits to the UK. In the early 70s Murphy returned to the USA, where he recorded with Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker on Bridging A Gap (1972) and the later Satisfaction Guaranteed (1979), and continued to attract new audiences with an impressive...
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