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Shirley Murdock


Vocalist/songwriter Shirley Murdock is most beneficial known for the ethereal ballad “ONCE WE Lay,” that was made by Roger Troutman. Murdock began performing gospel music in her indigenous Toledo. Troutman employed her like a history vocalist for his family’s group Zapp, who experienced several strikes on Warner Brothers (or its Reprise imprint). Predicated on this achievement, Troutman began documenting songs with Murdock and business lead singer Sugarfoot from the Ohio Players, amongst others, at his Dayton-based documenting studio room Troutman Sound Labs. Murdock and Troutman’s 1st charting solitary was a Warner solitary released as Roger (Featuring Shirley Murdock), “Lady, Cut It Out,” which charted at quantity 79 R&B in early 1985. Murdock was authorized to Elektra Information using the pumping “FORGET ABOUT,” which managed to get to quantity 24 R&B in early 1986. After that came her personal hit, “ONCE WE Lay,” compiled by Zapp’s Larry Troutman and keyboardist Billy Beck (from the Ohio Players). The sensitive, melancholy ballad managed to get towards the R&B TOP and peaked at quantity 23 play 1986. Her LP Shirley Murdock proceeded to go platinum, also helped along from the follow-up strikes “Continue Without You” and “Become Totally free.” She also released full-lengths in 1988 (A Woman’s Perspective) and 1991 (Allow There Be Like). In early 2000, Murdock toured within the inspirational/gospel play, BE CAUTIOUS EVERYTHING YOU Pray For with Cuba Gooding and David Peaston.

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Full Name Shirley Murdock
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Dale DeGroat
Children Devin DeGroat
Music Groups Zapp
Music Songs Computer Love, Doo Wa Ditty, Dance Floor, Be Alright, I Want To Be Your Man, So Ruff, So Tuff, I Can Make You Dance, Go on Without You, Heartbreaker, As We Lay, Husband, Slow and Easy, It's in Your Hands, Do You Really Want an Answer?, More Bounce to the Ounce - Single Version, Play Some Blues, Spend My Whole Life, Mega Medley, California Love, Do It Roger, My Angel, Chocolate City, Celebrate My Life, Shout Now, I Love Me Better Than That, It Doesn't Really Matter, Radio People, Stay With Me Tonight, I Still Love You, Funky Bounce, Playin' Kinda Ruff, A Touch of Jazz
Albums Live: The Journey, A Woman's Point of View, Soul Food, Zapp II, Zapp III, Shirley Murdock!, Home, Let There Be Love, The Very Best of Shirley Murdock, All the Greatest Hits
Nominations Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist
Movies Man of Her Dreams, Three Ways to Get a Husband, A Mother's Prayer, What a Man Wants, What a Woman Needs, Sweating in the Spirit: A 3-in-1 Gospel Workout, Love Me or Leave Me, Together in Worship: Dietrick Haddon Presents Voice of Unity, Tell Hell I Ain't Comin'

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1 Sister of Herman Erving, Patricia Erving, and Beatrice Morris.
2 Mother of Devin DeGroat.
3 Had a R&B Hit "As We Lay" in 1986.



Bella's Story post-production Deanna
To Love and to Cherish 2012 TV Movie Nana
The Ideal Husband 2011 TV Movie Shirley
Stand 2010 Bettie Randle
Love Me or Leave Me 2010 TV Movie Annie Ruth Wyatt
3 Ways to Get a Husband 2010 Video Patricia
A Mother's Prayer 2009 Video
Man of Her Dreams 2009 Grandma
Tell Hell I Ain't Comin' 2005 Video Guest Singer
Sweating in the Spirit 2005 Video



Straight Outta Compton 2015 writer: "Computer Love"
The Firm 2009 writer: "Computer Love"
Veronica Mars 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
8 Mile 2002 writer: "Temptations" - as Shirley J. Murdock
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie writer: "Computer Love" - uncredited
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 performer: "Chocolate City" / writer: "Chocolate City", "Thin Line"
House Party 3 1994 writer: "I Get Around" - as S. Murdock
Menace II Society 1993 writer: "COMPUTER LOVE"



Unsung 2009-2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Life After 2013 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1987 TV Series Herself - Guest

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