Walter Murphy to announce shock retirement from music?

Murphy created a stir on Wednesday when rumors have surfaced that his career was over.

Sad news for Murphy fans. Speculation had been rife that the American singer best known for his hit song A Fifth of Beethoven, is about to announce his retirement from music, at age 71, with immediate effect.

UPDATE 18/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Being a singer isn't fun anymore

“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a singer-songwriter just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.


For a little while on Wednesday evening, #ThankYouWalter was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.

“Walter Murphy was unlike any other singer we’ve ever seen! #ThankYouWalter”
— @universalObserver, 17 Apr 2024
“I thought Walter Murphy retired about 5 years ago?!?”
— @millythom, 17 Apr 2024

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