Famous Birthday Today, Wiki, zodiac sign and bio of Michael Martin Murphey

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Michael Martin Murphey
Country Singer
March Mar 14 1945
75 Years
Birth Place:
Oak Cliff TX
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Known for his Gold-designated album Cowboy Songs and for his hit singles "Don't Count the Rainy Days," "What's Forever For," and "Wildfire," Murphey is also famous for writing the New Mexico state song "The Land of Enchantment."

Before Fame

While working toward an undergraduate degree in Greek at the University of North Texas, he became a member of the college's Folk Music Club. He later attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied Medieval history and creative writing and continued writing and performing music. In the 1960s, he founded bands called Trinity River Boys and the Lewis & Clarke Expedition.


A bluegrass musician as well as a country and western singer and songwriter, he recorded a 2009 album titled Buckaroo Blue Grass.

Family Life

Born to Lois and Pink Murphey, he and his younger brother, Mark, spent their childhoods in Dallas, Texas. His first marriage -- to Diana Vero -- resulted in a Grammy-nominated musician son named Ryan Murphey. His second marriage -- to Caroline Hogue -- inspired his hit song "Carolina in the Pines," and his third marriage (to fashion model Mary Maciukas) produced children named Laura Lynn and Brennan. His fourth marriage (to Karen Rische) began in 2003.

Associated With

Country music legend Kenny Rogers recorded an album titled The Ballad of Calico that consists entirely of songs written by Murphey.


University of North Texas
73 Year Olds
Country Singers
First Name Michae