Anne Murray released “Can I Have This Dance?” in 1980. It was the first number one country hit for Murray. The song spent ten weeks on the country charts and reached number 33 on the pop chart. It was written by Wayland Holyfield and Bob House and won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. The song also featured Amy Grant. Francis performed the song as a duet with Grant.
The Greenwich Historical Society’s Ephemera Collection is an important resource for understanding early Black culture. The Ephemera collection holds a large number of printed materials that are meant to be meaningful for only a short period of time. They provide historians with rich information about people and events. You can access this collection on the society’s website. For more information, visit their website. A companion piece to the May We Have This Dance? episode, check out this article.
The dance cards in this episode come from the Ephemera Collection at the Greenwich Historical Society. Ephemera are pieces of printed material that are meant to have a limited life, but they are extremely rich in information for historians. This collection is online. Interested in learning more about ephemera? Consider joining their mailing list! It’s free and open to the public. So get involved today.