A Man and His Music
Our community lost a dear soul this past week. Robert (Bob) Murphy Sr. passed away at his home on April 8.
We had not been in the Sandhills region long. We moved here in early 2005, and one of the first things we did was visit the Carolina Hotel for one of their famous brunches.
We were most impressed by the small group of musicians, led by Bob Murphy on the piano, wonderfully playing the songs of an era that we hold dear in our hearts. These were music-makers who played from their hearts and were accomplished.
We do not recall all the musicians on that pleasant morning, but we did make it a point to learn that the leader’s name was Bob Murphy, and that he played solo piano at the hotel and also used additional musicians for certain events.
We later learned that Bob was what we would term a staff musician for the hotel. He graced the piano at this fine venue for many years.
Those who frequented these brunches and special events were fortunate to have dined to this man’s music. The music was first-rate, and it was obvious that Bob was an exceedingly gifted individual. We ultimately became good friends.
Our only regret is that we were not allowed to know our friend for a longer time.
Lynn Nelson and Fred Brush
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