Ralph Murphy

Born in Essex England, Ralph moved to Canada when he was a child. After some musical global hopping writer/producer/publisher Ralph Murphy had his first number one hit in 1965 in England with “Call My Name,” recorded by James Royal. Other hits followed quickly with records by Vanity Fair, Billy Fury, The Casuals, The Brotherhood of Man and many more.

In 1969 Ralph moved to New York as Director of Production for Belwin/Mills Publishing, where he produced demos for Broadway musicals such as Pippin,and The Magic Show.He also started two successful record labels, Double M Records (a rock label distributed by London Records), and a dance label - Hard Core Records (distributed by GRT Records).Among the many dozens of acts he produced during that time ( Magnificent Men, Chris Bartley, The Alibis, Rock Garden, was legendary Canadian Rockers April Wine, who Murphy produced two gold albums for. In the middle of all this, he had a country hit.

Having a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley “Good Enough To Be Your Wife” under his belt, Ralph went to Nashville to pick up his award and eventually moved there in 1976. With partner Roger Cook, he formed the Picalic Group & Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and has had more than twenty number one records including, Song of The Year“Talking In Your Sleep” by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Licbecame one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI. Ralph started a new company, Kersha Music,with Richard Perna of Hamstein Music, and then in 1994 joined ASCAP as part of Connie Bradley's Nashville Staff.

Some of his writing credits include:

  • "He Got You” Ronnie Milsap
  • “Half The Way” Crystal Gayle
  • “Tonight, Tonight” Crystal Gayle
  • “A Star Born Every Minute” Dorsey Burnette
  • ‘Lonely Like A Rose” Ray Price
  • “Good Enough To Be Your Wife” Jeannie C. Riley
  • “Inside” Little Texas
  • “View From The Bottom” Dude Mowery
  • “Shoulda Stayed On The River” Dann Rogers
  • “Seeds” Kathy Mattea
  • ”If Hearts Could Talk” Wild Rose
  • “I'm Still Here You're Still Gone” Randy Travis
  • “Crime Of The Century” Shania Twain

He is a past president of NSAI and past president of The Nashville Chapter of NARAS and currently serves on the board for Canadian Country Music Association. He now resides as ASCAP Vice President International & Domestic, Membership Group and works on many committees and teaches seminars held throughout North America .

Ralph Murphy

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