The Mystery of Michael Martin Murphey's Wildfire

Michael Martin Murphey04/29/07 NPR Weekend Edition Sunday

Length:4:42 ~ Listen

Thirty years after it was written, "Wildfire" continues to light the imagination: just ask David Letterman who's been playing snippets of the song on the Late Show and musing about what the song means.

Cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey gives his account of the genesis of the song, and why "Wildfire" remains something of a mystery, even to him. 

"Wildfire" climbed to number one on the pop charts in 1975, blazing the trail for Murphey's career. The song has been played more than 4 million times on radio and TV, helping to make Michael Martin Murphey one of America's best selling cowboy music singers.

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