It all began in the coal mining town of SPRINGHILL, Nova Scotia.
Then came appearances on Moncton television, from there CBC television (‘Sing-a-long Jubilee’), and not long after that recording sessions & concerts at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium, Las Vegas – and, of course, Springhill. Anne never forgot her hometown.
<Anne with Gordon Lightfoot & Stompin’ Tom Connors, 1973 Juno Awards, PLUM Communications Inc.>
Now, at the age of 72, Anne has given her extensive archive to the University of TORONTO Libraries. The collection includes 70 boxes containing 188 LP albums, nearly 900 photographs, 253 audiotapes and cassettes going back to the time she was 18, videotapes of her television appearances, scrapbooks of clippings, fan mail and letters.
“She embodies the Canadian popular music industry,” said Brock Silversides, director of U of T Libraries’ Media Commons, an audiovisual & media archive within the Robarts Library. “She’s been so successful in Canada and internationally. Even one of her songs Snowbird, that’s so Canada.”
“Just with her voice alone, she’s become enormously successful and has affected a lot of people. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, Anne’s music has been the soundtrack to many people’s lives.”
ANNE MURRAY, Now & Forever, indeed!