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Music legend Shirley Murdock remakes ’65 classic
Published Thursday, April 8, 2021
by Bill Carpenter, Special To The Tribune

Soul music legend Shirley Murdock is best-known for her 1980s R&B smashes “Go on Without You,” “Computer Love,” and her gold-selling signature song, “As We Lay.” However, Murdock has added another classic to her repertoire with an inspiring new rendition of The Impressions’ 1965 gem “People Get Ready.”

In the wake of the social and political polarization that has erupted over how to confront the coronavirus and police brutality, Murdock thought it was time for a little Mayfield wisdom. “I wanted to make a statement that we need to get along and be respectful of each other,” she says. “That’s when I thought of this song by Curtis Mayfield [who was the chief songwriter and soloist for The Impressions]. I’ve always loved the song and thought it was a fitting message for this moment.”

In spite of the global lockdown because of COVID-19, Murdock has been busy. “I’ve been doing virtual events and I launched a YouTube channel. Once a week, I post an inspirational message on there to encourage people,” she says. 

Many may not know that Murdock is a gifted songwriter. She’s co-written several of her own hits such as “In Your Eyes,” “Let There Be Love” and her collaboration with The Zapp Band and Charlie Wilson, “Computer Love.” Her co-writes also have been sampled by a who’s who in the urban community like Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, Ne-Yo, Whiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, Notorious B.I.G., SWV and Tank, among others.



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