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Tributes pour in for country music recording legend Ross Murphy, who passed away this week | The head of the daily newspaper in the North

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Tamworth lost a country music legend this week, with the death of Ross Murphy. Mr. Murphy became involved in the local country music scene in the early 1960s and formed the Tamworth branch of the organization now known as the Capital Country Music Association. “He was definitely one of the founding members of Country Music Capital,” said Max Ellis, co-founder of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Also read: “For over half a century he has made a massive contribution to Tamworth and Australian country music, both as a record producer and as a broadcaster on our community station 2YOU FM. Murphy made some of his first recordings on Radio Station 2TM’s “Tin Shed” with his business partner Ken Cameron under their CM Records label. Mr. Murphy started his own record label in Tamworth in 1972, Opal Recordings, which won two Golden Guitar In the following decades he recorded hundreds of songs, with his last CD released in 2016. Mr. Murphy has was recognized as a “pioneer” of the Tamworth country music scene, culminating in a Country Music Capital Award in 1991. He was inducted into the Hands of Fame in 2005. Mr. Murphy passed away on Tuesday and his family will have a service private. Want more local news? Subscribe to the Leader to read it here first


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