Anne Murray (b. 1945; real name Moma Anne Murray) is another Canadian country/pop singer, hailing from Springhill, Nova Scotia. She’s now retired from singing, but was a star for many years.
This lovely song, “Snowbird” (1970, written by Canadian Gene MacLellan) straddles country and pop, and became the first song by a female Canadian soloist to be certified as gold in the U.S.
I was in college when it came out, and believe me, you heard this song every time you turned on the radio. Murray’s voice, with the low “money notes,” reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter’s.
It’s been covered by, among others, Bing Crosby (dreadful!), Perry Como (mediocre), Andy Williams, Doc Watson, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins, Lynn Anderson, Catherine MacLellan (daughter of the songwriter), and Elvis Presley. (Click the links to hear the other versions.) I’m particularly fond of Chet Atkins’s guitar rendition, Catherine MacLellan’s vocals are lovely, and Elvis’s aren’t bad either. But Murray’s is the best—a classic.