You Needed Me – Anne Murray

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on May 30th of 1991 “Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits” is awarded a quadruple-platinum album, making her the first country female to reach that milestone. Here from that collection comes Anne Murray’s biggest hit “You Needed Me”. This was the first hit written by Randy Goodrum, a Nashville songwriter and keyboard player who went on to write “Oh Sherrie,” “Bluer Than Blue” and “If She Would Have Been Faithful…” Anne Murray was struggling with the pressures of juggling her career and her family life with her husband Bill Langstroth and her toddler son William. One day she was going through a box of tapes when she came across a song that expressed just how she was feeling. Unfortunately, only the writer’s name, Randy Goodrum, was on the cassette but her producer researched his name in the phone book and she recorded his song. It became her second American #1 and to this day it remains the favorite of her own recordings. This is a rare hit song that has no chorus. The song revitalized her career after several years of declining popularity as it became her first Top 40 US single since her 1974 remake of The Beatles’ “You Won’t See Me”. The song, included on her 1978 album Let’s Keep It That Way, was also a top-five country single and won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards, and is her most successful single in the United Kingdom where it made the top 30 (#22). Murray is quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson as saying she was not surprised by the song’s success, as she knew from the start the song would be a hit because she broke down in tears the first time she tried to sing it. The song earned Murray the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 21st Grammy Awards, the first to be awarded to a Canadian artist.