By Mary Catherine Lunsford

1970 Polydor Recording Artist: Mary Catherine Lunsford

Mary Catherine LunsfordEver wonder about the rest of the story? I didn’t stop recording. I didn’t stop performing. I even sang for 10 seasons with the Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra and performed with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Thanks for checking in on me.
1970 recording by singer/songwriter Mary Catherine Lunsford on Polydor Records. Recorded at Wally Heider Studio, Hollywood and Sunset Sound.

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Also available:

1975 recording YOU MEN AT THE BAR on One Shot Records with a Bullet
1980 recording COWGIRL IN THE WIND on Riccochet Records
Visit MySpace to hear a few selections

MCL Card ABack Cover Artwork
MARY CATHERINE LUNSFORD All lyrics and music written and recorded by the artist.

Mary Catherine Lunsford CD $19.95

You Men at the BarYOU MEN AT THE BAR title song sums up the nightly conversations with patrons of bars.

You Men at the Bar CD $19.95

COWGIRL IN THE WINDCOWGIRL IN THE WIND features right-on commentary about the City Slicker Country Craze phenom in the song CONDOMINIUM COWGIRLS


Cowgirl in the Wind CD $19.95

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15 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I wanted to thank you for your crochet pattern of the Eiffel tower. You never mentioned what size hook to use.if you can let me know I would really appreciate it as I anxious to make it for my granddaughter BIRTHDAY

  2. Dear MCL,
    I fell hopelessly for you in 1971 at the age of 18. The portrait on the cover of your album looked like that of some martyred Celtic princess, and when I listened, found she possessed the voice of an angel. I played the record so often over the years, that I swear you can almost see though the vinyl. While I haven’t had a turntable for 25 years, I have kept your LP. It’s the only one I still own. How wonderful to find you again after all these years.


    Greg Sager

  3. Reed College gig May 7, 2016 at 5:25 am Reply

    Hearing Witchi-Tai-Ti at Radio Paradise nudged me to search for you online, as I remember you performing it at the Reed College old commons hall in the mid-70s. You were so lovely.

    I too saw you at Pendy’s, and talked you into the Reed gig, as you might recall. I’m glad to see you made more records, and it’s good to hear that you had a long performing career.

    I still have a tape of your 1970s Reed College performance.

  4. Hi Thomas,
    Great story! Thank you for sharing it and keeping me still in that part of your 20 year old heart. Hugs Galore! MCL

  5. I found this letter I wrote 4.11.2011 in reference to you asking how we found you.

    Cathy, here’s my story of how I got your album.

    It was a dark lonely night. No! That’s not how it went. I worked at The Record Shack in Cutler Ridge, Fl. for albums. I knew the stock as well as anyone, so I helped the costumers find the titles they were looking for. One lady I was told was the mother, they thought of Jack Pinney the drummer for Iron Butterfly. She’d buy a boat load of albums each visit.One day I walk in and my friend who worked there Joe Holderness (that right! From Holderness Sound, England) was behind the counter. Joe had done some percussion work on the first Moody Blues album; As well he playing a Martin Tenor. Joe said I want you to hear this. He played “Care Care Care”. I told him I had to have that. I saved you a copy, and out from under the counter you came. And what a cover photo. Now! You got to know I was a young 20, and in the right frame of mind tree bark could look sexy to me. You were much better than that. God lets hope so.

    That was the same way Joe introduced me to Longbranch Pennywhistle
    I refer to this as the first Eagles album. He played “Mister Mister”.

    Got home played your album… loved it.

    I wasn’t into folk; Sure I had Joni, Dylan, Pentangle, Insect Trust, (Ian) Matthews Southern Comfort ( did the best “Woodstock”), Joan Baez.

    I here much more in your songs than then. I here some Sylvia Tyson as I heard on the Great Speckled Bird album.

    Thanks to that album you’ve stayed in my mind all these years. It’s good to know you’re alive and well, and like so many others who like your music, we have a bond.

    Hope you’ll let me write again.

    Thomas L. Good

  6. OMGoodness! Indeed, a very long time Don. I sent Dr. Beyer a note a few years ago. He was a terrific boss. He was supportive of my musical career, although when I signed the contract with Polydor and left his employ, in the card for good luck he included $50.00, just in case the musical career might not be as successful as I imagined. Lovely to hear from you.

  7. It’s been a very long time since Dr Beyers office. The Trubador. From the lab.

  8. I played your album yesterday! It brought back a flood of memories. I love your voice and the musicianship! I hope you are well.

  9. Well, hey, there.

    How good it is, after all these years, to be able to tell you how special your eponymous album was and still is to me. What a great arc life is; I have moved so many times, so many miles. Yesterday, I opened a box I sealed up 4 moves ago. In it was that album, so here I am listening to it again. Wow.

    Thank you and everyone involved for it. Thank you also for acknowledging the mysterious and wonderful Grace of the Spirit in carrying you through your own journey.

    Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear!

  10. Catherine; Your music was one of the weekly highlights at Pendy’s Restaurant back in the early 70′s.
    Great to see you have a web site.
    Hope all is going well.

  11. My brother (Dick Williams) gave me this album of yours back when it was first released. I still have it (and a record player too!) I will always love and cherish these songs. I must admit, I still dont know what all the words are but the melodies are dream-like and unforgetable. They bring back many memories of my very early adult years and fit so many scenarios that I experienced then. Thank you for being here and for being there too.

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