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Walter Murphy

key, *1952 US, New York City
Musician / Composer / Songwriter / Arranger / Producer of R&B/Soul and Soundtrack
A.k.a. Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr.

Walter Murphy is a classically-trained pianist and former advertising jingle writer. His disco single "A Fifth Of Beethoven" topped the US Hot Hundred in 1976 and was subsequently featured on the best-selling soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. In an effort to stimulate sales, his record company credited some releases of the single to Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band or just The Walter Murphy Band.

  • Keyboards
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Backing Vocals
  • Synthesizer
  • R&B/Soul
  • Soundtrack
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
A Fifth Of Beethoven on Saturday Night Fever by Various Artists
A Fifth of Beethoven on A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy
A Fith of Beethoven - Soulwax Edit on CD Twelve by Various Artists
Just a Love Song on A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy
Rhapsody in Blue on Rhapsody in Blue by Walter Murphy
California Strut on A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy
Toccata and Funk in D Minor on Phantom of the Opera by Walter Murphy
Flight 76 (Flight of the Bumble Bee) on A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy
The Only Two People in the World on Rhapsody in Blue by Walter Murphy
Mean Ol’ Moon - (Swing Version) on Ted 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Family Guy: Movement 1 - Original Score From the Television SeriesWalter Murphy, Ron Jones2016Album
Ted 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Walter Murphy2015Album
Ted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Walter Murphy2012Album
Extended PleasureMass Production / Walter Murphy2005Album
The Best Of Walter Murphy - A Fifth Of BeethovenWalter Murphy2001Album
Classic Rock BandsWalter Murphy2001Album
ContemporaryWalter Murphy1986Album
UntitledWalter Murphy1984Album
Production Music LibraryWalter Murphy1984Album
UntitledWalter Murphy1983Album
Switched On ClassicsWalter Murphy1983Compil.
UntitledWalter Murphy1983Album
Themes From E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial)Walter Murphy1982Album
UntitledWalter Murphy1982Album
Themes From E.T. The Extra Terrestrial And MoreWalter Murphy1982Album
UntitledWalter Murphy1982Album
Tema De E.T. El Extra-Terrestre Y Más = Themes From E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial And MoreWalter Murphy1982Album
UntitledWalter Murphy / Lora Lee Cliff / Reginald Fiore1982Album
Production MusicWalter Murphy, Nicolas Flagello, Harold Selesky1980Album
DiscosymphonyWalter Murphy1979Album
Mostly MozartWalter Murphy1979Album
Mostly Mozart/Classical Dancin'Walter Murphy1979Single
Gentle Explosion / Dance Your Face OffWalter Murphy1978Album
Phantom Of The OperaWalter Murphy1978Album
The Music Will Not EndWalter Murphy1978Single
Toccata And Funk In 'D' MinorWalter Murphy1978Album
Could It Be The MusicWalter Murphy1977Single
Could It Be The MusicWalter Murphy1977Single
Trans - Europe Express / Rhapsody In BlueKraftwerk / Walter Murphy1977Single
Rhapsody In Blue / A Fifth Of Beethoven / Midnight ExpressWalter Murphy1977Album
Rhapsody In Blue / Fish LegsWalter Murphy1977Single
Rhapsody In BlueWalter Murphy1977Album
Rhapsody In Blue / Crazy WaterWalter Murphy / Elton John1977Single
Flight '76 / Flight '76 (Pt. 2)Walter Murphy1976Single
Production MusicJoanne Valentino / Walter Murphy / Jane Mullaney1976Album
Production MusicWalter Murphy / Tom Manoff1975Album
Production MusicWalter Murphy / Jan Mullaney1975Album
Production MusicWalter Murphy1975Album
Production MusicWalter Murphy, Arlon Ober, Joanne Valentino1975Album
UntitledNicolas Flagello And Walter Murphy1974Album
Production MusicWalter Murphy, Daniel Levine1974Album
Production MusicGeorge Kleinsinger, Walter Murphy, Dan Levine1974Album
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