- Snowbird (song)
Name = Snowbird
from Album = This Way Is My Way
Released = July 1970
Format = 7"
Recorded = 1969
Genre = Pop, country
Length = 2:10
Producer = Brian Ahren
Certification = Gold (RIAA)
Chart position =
Last single = "Bidin' My Time"
This single = "Snowbird"
Next single = "
Put Your Hand in the Hand"
"Snowbird" is a song by the
Canadiansongwriter Gene MacLellan. Though it has been recorded by many performers (including Elvis Presley), it is best known through Anne Murray's mellifluous 1970 version, which was a #2 hit on Canada's pop chart and went to #1 on both the Canadian adult contemporary and country charts. For Murray, this song launched her into a long career of international exposure, reaching #8 on the U.S. pop singles chart, spending six weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart, and becoming a surprise Top 10 U.S. country hit, as well. It was certified as a gold single by the RIAA. The song peaked at #23 on the UK Singles Chart.
The theme and approach broadly resemble that of the earlier smash hit "Yellow Bird" in contrasting the narrator's being stuck in the place of his/her heartache to the bird's ability to just up and fly away. "Snowbird" sold well over a million copies and was recently picked as 19th on the "" list, a partially populist approach to defining the most influential songs by Canadians.
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