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Norma O'Hara Murphy

Norma O'Hara Murphy

Norma O'Hara Murphy


Norma O'Hara Murphy was born and raised in the Murray Valley region of country Victoria; where her mother's family, of Irish decent, were pioneers of the area. Her two great passions in life, aside from family, have always been her horses and her music. Norma's first album, Rodeo Queen, was released in 1982 through Country Records. She then recorded her next two albums with Selection Records, releasing Vanishing Horsemen in 1985 and River Gums & Mallee Dust in 1987; the latter containing a duet with John Williamson Read more on Last.fm
Norma O'Hara Murphy was born and raised in the Murray Valley region of country Victoria; where her mother's family, of Irish decent, were pioneers of the area. Her two great passions in life, aside from family, have always been her horses and her music. Norma's first album, Rodeo Queen, was released in 1982 through Country Records. She then recorded her next two albums with Selection Records, releasing Vanishing Horsemen in 1985 and River Gums & Mallee Dust in 1987; the latter containing a duet with John Williamson, "When We Were Kids", which won Media Song Of The Year in 1988. Interestingly, the first song that Norma ever wrote was "Darlin' Billy", but as that didn't fit the flavour of her first two albums, it wasn't until River Gums & Mallee Dust that her very first song was recorded. Norma won her first Golden Guitar in 1986, in the Heritage Award category, with "How The Firequeen Crossed The Swamp"; and today she is still the only female to have ever won this category. Festival Records signed Norma in 1988, and her big budget productions began. Colours was released in 1989, followed by Closer Now in 1990, Norma's Best in 1991, and Winds Of Change in 1993. Further Golden Guitars followed for Female Vocalist of the Year, with "Sarah's Memory" in 1991 and "Tamworth The Song" in 1993.

Sarah's Memory holds an interesting tale, in that it is one of the few songs Norma has recorded that she didn't write herself. The lyrics were presented to her while she was judging a songwriting contest, and she was so impressed with them that upon the conclusion of the contest she had the organisers arrange for the her to meet the writer. To Norma's amazement the young lady who penned those powerfull words was only 16 years of age. Norma composed the music to go with the lyrics, the song was recorded, and it won a Golden Guitar. In 1995 Norma moved to Larrikin Records and recorded her eighth album, Sweet Rain; and in 1999 she produced and released her ninth album, Live In Bundaberg, through her own label Gumleaf Music. The beginning of this millenium saw Norma revising her lifestyle and opting for a less hectic pace of life, where she could concentrate more fully on her passion for writing.

This produced another two Golden Guitars for her Bush Ballads "Paddy William" in 2001, and "An Old Cattle Dog" in 2003; both sung by Slim Dusty. In 2003 there were only three of Norma's nine albums still in print, and upon realising this the principals of Drover Entertainment Group started a new division, Drover Classics, with the express purpose of bringing back to the marketplace all of the great works of this wonderful lady of song, and ensuring that they remain available to the public on an ongoning basis. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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