Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Shirley Murdock

Shirley Murdock (born on May 22, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an R&B singer from the 80s. She began singing gospel music in her hometown and the late musician Roger Troutman hired Shirley as a backup singer for his band, Zapp.

In early 1985, Shirley's first chart appearance was the single, "Girl, Cut It Out" with Roger. The single managed to chart at #79 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
In 1986, Shirley released her self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. The album charted at #44 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "No More" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The second single and Shirley's biggest hit to date, "As We Lay" peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 28 weeks.
The third single, "Go On Without You" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The fourth single from the album, "Truth or Dare" peaked at #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Be Free" peaked at #86 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
In 1988, Shirley released her sophomore album, "A Woman's Point of View" which peaked at #137 on the Billboard 200 chart and #19 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart from the album, "Husband" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.



Two more singles from the album "Oh What A Feeling" and "Found My Way" were released as singles, but didn't chart.
In 1991, Shirley released her third album, "Let There Be Love" which peaked at #22 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
 The first single from the album, "In Your Eyes" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Stay With Me Tonight" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The last single from the album, the title song, peaked at #89 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 2002 (after what seemed liked a long break), Shirley released her first gospel album, "Home" which peaked at #9 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. In 2005, Shirley made her acting debut in the movie, "Sweating in the Spirit."
In 2007, Shirley released her second gospel album, "Soulfood" which peaked at #7 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart and #71 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

During that same year, Shirley starred in the movie, "First Cousins." In 2009, she appeared on Teena Marie's new album, "Congo Square" on the song, "Soldier."
In 2011, Shirley released her third gospel album, "Live: The Journey" which peaked at #24 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. The single, "Dream" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart in 2012.

To see a fan-made video for "As We Lay," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htVUHrDJqeI

To see the music video for "Go On Without You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7myBRPkaQjw

To see a fan-made video for "No More," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhS_vyIrcSQ

To see a fan-made video for "Be Free," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egf_EBgdC-M

To see a fan-made video for "Truth or Dare," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5_sjP20Qok

To see the music video for "Husband," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYyVMFgsW68

To see a fan-made video for "Oh What a Feeling," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQjac8tE8LU

To see a fan-made video for "Found My Way," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdsQC3WC9pw

To see the music video for "In Your Eyes," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m1b1cn7fdI

To see a fan-made video for "Stay With Me Tonight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuMD__e8jUc

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of "Let There Be Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9kbrqg4j0U



[updated on 04\17\2016]

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