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Murray McLauchlan's distinctive Canadian-Scot, scotch-inflected voice and earthy, harmonica-driven composite of folk, pop, and rock actually produced several Canadian hit songs in the '70s. From Sweeping the Spotlight Away, most Canadians that came of age in the '70s will easily remember the likes of "Down by the Henry Moore," "Shoeshine Workin' Song," "Do You Dream of Being Somebody," and the title track.


Born: 1948 in Paisley, Scotland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s

Born in Scotland in 1948, Murray McLauchlan moved to Canada at the age of five. He began playing guitar several years later and, after graduation in the mid-'60s, moved to New York. The folksinger returned in 1968 and, due to popularity around Toronto, recorded his first album, Songs from the Street (1971). Fourteen more albums for True North Records followed, including Murray McLauchlan (1972), Day to Day Dust (1973), Sweeping the Spotlight Away (1974), Only the Silence Remains (1975), Boulevard...
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