One-Hit Wonder: David Lee Murphy
Sometimes one-hit wonders have hits on the charts but just one will go to No. 1. Sometimes the artist will continue to write for others and those songs will make it big. That is David Lee Murphy, and I found out about him from davidleemurphy.net, cmt.com, thesouthern.com and Google's sidebar.
Murphy, from Illinois, moved to Nashville in the early 1980s, so he has been in the business for more than 30 years.
The first song that he released -- "Just Once" -- was for the movie 8 Seconds.
In 1995, from Murphy's first album, Out With A Bang, which went platinum, "Party Crowd" earned the most-played song on country radio. There was no mention of chart topping though. His second hit, "Dust on the Bottle," spent two weeks at No.1. The Academy of Country Music nominated Murphy for Top New Male Vocalist.
His second album, Getting Out the Good Stuff, released "The Road You Leave Behind" and "Every Time I Get Around You," which also were hits on the charts.
Then in 2004, Tryin' to Get There was released and produced the No. 5 hit "Loco."
Murphy continues to be a songwriter. He co-wrote:
- "Living In Fast Forward" and "Live A Little" by Kenny Chesney
- "Big Green Tractor" by Jason Aldean
- "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" by Thompson Square
- "Way Out Here" by Josh Thompson
He mentioned writing a writing session with Keith Urban also.
In 2012, for the song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," Murphy was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Academy of Country Music Award for Songwriter of the Year.