“Wildfire” is a song written by Michael Martin Murphey and Larry Cansler. It was originally recorded by Murphey, who had yet to add his middle name to his recorded work, and appears on his gold-plus 1975 album Blue Sky – Night Thunder.
Released in February 1975 as the album’s lead single, “Wildfire” became Murphey’s highest-charting pop hit in the United States. The somber story song hit No. 2 in Cash Box and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1975. In addition, it hit the top position of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, displacing “Love Will Keep Us Together”.
The single continued to sell, eventually receiving platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of over two million US copies. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
From the album Blue Sky – Night Thunder
B-side “Night Thunder”
Released February 1975
Genre Country, soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 3:15 Single edit. (4:47 LP version.)
Songwriter(s) Michael Murphey, Larry Cansler
Producer(s) Bob Johnston