What You Didn't Know About Michael Martin Murphey's 'Wildfire'

By Karen Harris
Michael Martin Murphey in Concert at Symphony Hall in Atlanta - November 12, 1975. (Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage)

In 1975, singer and songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey's "Wildfire" became his biggest chart-topping hit. The haunting folk ballad that had fans calling “Wildfire” like the song’s chorus, while also listening closely to the lyrics to unravel the story of the young girl and her pony tragically lost in a blizzard. As the song climbed to the top of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 100, fans became obsessed with the tune and the story of Wildfire. How the song came to be is almost as interesting as the ghost story it tells. Here is what you didn’t know about Michael Martin Murphey's “Wildfire”.