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Shirley Murdock

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Shirley Murdock (born on May 22, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American R&B singer, who is best known for her 1986 R&B hit “As We Lay”.

Murdock started out singing gospel music in her native Toledo. Singer/musician Roger Troutman hired Murdock as a backing singer for his family’s band Zapp, who had several hits on Warner Bros. (or its Reprise Records imprint). Based on this success, Troutman began recording tracks with Murdock and lead singer Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players, among others, at his Dayton-based recording studio, Troutman Sound Labs. Murdock and Troutman’s first chart single was a Warner single issued as Roger (featuring Shirley Murdock), “Girl, Cut It Out,” which charted at number 79 R&B in early 1985.

Murdock was signed to Elektra Records with “No More,” which made it to number 24 R&B in early 1986. Then came her signature hit, “As We Lay,” written by Zapp’s Larry Troutman and keyboardist Billy Beck (of the Ohio Players). The tender, melancholy ballad made it to the R&B Top Ten and peaked at number 23 pop in 1986. Her LP Shirley Murdock went gold, also helped along by the follow-up hits “Go on Without You” and “Be Free.” She also released full-length albums in 1988 (A Woman’s Point of View) and 1991 (Let There Be Love). In early 2000, Murdock toured in the inspirational/gospel play, Be Careful What You Pray For with Cuba Gooding and David Peaston.

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