Walter Murphy

Genres: Comedy Disco Horror Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": disco funk 70s pop instrumental electronic jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

1952, New York City, New York, USA. Murphy was responsible for one of the biggest and most bizarre early disco hits, ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’. As its title suggests, the number 1 single was based on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Murphy was schooled in music as a child and worked for the Tonight show in the USA as a musical arranger after graduating from the Manhattan School of Music. He then worked as a jingle writer, scoring for television films. His first foray into the new disco sound was in 1975 with dance-orientated Christmas singles, which were not successful. Murphy came up with the idea for ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ in early 1976 and recorded his arrangement, playing nearly all of the instruments himself (despite billing the record as being by Walter Murphy And The Big Apple Band). It was released on Private Stock Records and by the autumn had risen to number 1 in the US. An album of similar material reached number 15 during the same...

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