Country Music Veteran Songwriter Ralph Murphy Dies at 75
Ralph Murphy, the veteran songwriter, musician, and producer who wrote lyrics for Shania Twain and Randy Travis, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee.
The man died on May 28 of pneumonia during the recovery process from radiation therapy associated with cancer treatment. Soon before his passing, Murphy had been hospitalized after suffering from different health issues.
All at SOCAN are heartbroken at the passing of Ralph Murphy. His songwriting and mentorship achievements were great, and so was he as a person. We honoured him with the SOCAN Special Achievement Award at the 2019 SOCAN Awards. We will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/X16rsnHwb0— SOCAN (@SOCANmusic) May 29, 2019
He was born in England but moved to Canada when he was very young. One of the first hit songs he wrote was Jeannie C. Riley’s “Good Enough to be Your Wife.”
So very sad to wake up this morning to hear of the passing of Ralph Murphy. His kindness, advice and encouragement to the songwriting community here in Ireland and throughout the world was legendary. I am going to miss our discussions & pints of Guinness. RIP to one of the best pic.twitter.com/4E2MYSvJUA— Eleanor McEvoy (@eleanormcevoy) May 29, 2019
Apart from that, Murphy worked with April Wine with songs like “You Could Have Been a Lady” and “Bad Side of The Moon.” He also wrote Billy Fury’s “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt” and James Royal’s “Call My Name.”
Today we mourn the passing & celebrate the life of our colleague @RalphMurphy – songwriter, performer, publisher, producer, author & music creator advocate. Rest in Peace, Ralph. Your legacy lives on at ASCAP & in the hearts of the millions of people whose lives you touched. pic.twitter.com/LTMxAKRp2H— ASCAP (@ASCAP) May 29, 2019
Due to his outstanding career, he was inducted in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012, won the SOCAN Special Achievement Award earlier this year, and also won an award inspired in himself, the Ralph Murphy Songwriters Inspiration Award.
Sad day for me RIP Ralph Murphy I was introduced by a mentor of mine Byron Hill and became an instant friend His love for songs and music was like no other and he always had time for everyone and anyone condolences go out to his friends and family rest high on that mountain pal— Gord Bamford (@gordbamford) May 29, 2019
Murphy is survived by his two children and wife, who were by his side when he died.