David Lee Murphy

Induction Year: 2023

Birth Name: David Lee Murphy

Birth Date: 01-07-1959

Place of Birth: Herrin, Illinois

David Lee Murphy developed his musical style as a teenager in southern Illinois before moving to Nashville in 1983. During that time he formed a band, The Blue Tick Hounds, and played honky tonks across Middle Tennessee and clubs throughout the South until he was signed to MCA Records a decade later.

David Lee’s 1994 platinum-selling debut album (the first of five solo efforts) yielded the hit singles “Party Crowd” (Radio & Records’ most played song on Country radio in 1995) and the #1 single “Dust On The Bottle.”

Beyond his own hits, David Lee began writing songs for other artists in the early 2000s. Among his five #1 hits recorded by Kenny Chesney are “Living In Fast Forward,” “Here And Now” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (a duet with David Lee that earned the 2018 CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year).

Some of David Lee’s other #1 songs include “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square (a 2011 Grammy nominee for best country song) “Anywhere With You” by Jake Owen, “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan & Eric Church and “Why We Drink” by Justin Moore.


"Always The Love Songs"

(written with George Ducas)

Eli Young Band2009 #11 Country

"Anywhere With You"

(written with Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary)

Jake Owen2013 #1 Country

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not"

(written with Jim Collins)

Thompson Square2011 #1 Country
Zach Seabaugh2016 #46 Country

"Bar At The End Of The World"

(written with J.T. Harding, Aimee Mayo)

Kenny Chesney2017 #10 Country

"Big Green Tractor"

(written with Jim Collins)

Jason Aldean2009 #1 Country, #18 Pop

"Dust On The Bottle"

David Lee Murphy1995 #1 Country
Kenny Chesney w/ David Lee Murphy2017 

"Every Time I Get Around You"

David Lee Murphy1996 #2 Country

"Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About"

(written with Brett James, Keifer Thompson, Shawna Thompson)

Thompson Square2014 #4 Country

"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"

(written with Chris Stevens, Jimmy Yeary)

David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney2018 #1 Country

"Here And Now"

(written with David Garcia, Craig Wiseman)

Kenny Chesney2020 #1 Country, #38 Pop

"Last Shot"

(written with Dan Couch, Kip Moore)

Kip Moore2018 #6 Country

"Live A Little"

(written with Shane Minor)

"Living In Fast Forward"

(written with Rivers Rutherford)

Kenny Chesney2006 #1 Country#48 Pop


(written with Kim Tribble)

David Lee Murphy2004 #5 Country

"Party Crowd"

(written with Jimbeau Hinson)

David Lee Murphy1995 #6 Country

"Pirate Flag"

(written with Ross Copperman)

Kenny Chesney2013 #3 Country

"The Only Way I Know"

(written with Ben Hayslip)

Jason Aldean w/ Luke Bryan & Eric Church2013 #1 Country, #40 Pop

"The Road You Leave Behind"

David Lee Murphy1996 #5 Country

"Til It's Gone"

(written with Rodney Clawson, Jimmy Yeary)

Kenny Chesney2015 #1 Country

"Why We Drink"

(written with Casey Beathard, Justin Moore, Jeremy Stover)

Justin Moore2020 #1 Country, #50 Pop

David Lee Murphy

Induction Year: 2023