Sunday Sunrise (song)

"Sunday Sunrise"
Single by Brenda Lee
from the album New Sunrise
B-side "Must I Believe"
Released July 23, 1973
Recorded June 1973
Genre Country
Label MCA Records 40107
Writer(s) Mark James
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Brenda Lee singles chronology
"Nobody Wins"
"Sunday Sunrise"
"Wrong Ideas"
"Sunday Sunrise"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album Together
B-side "Out on the Road Again"
Released 1975
Genre Country
Length 3:16
Label Capitol Records 4142
Writer(s) Mark James
Producer(s) Tom Catalano
Anne Murray singles chronology
"A Stranger in My Place" (Re-release)
"Sunday Sunrise"
"The Call"

"Sunday Sunrise" is a song written by Mark James and performed by Anne Murray. The song reached #13 on both the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart and the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in 1975.[1] The song appeared on her 1975 album, Together.[2] The song was produced by Tom Catalano.[3]

The song is about the new hope that the dawning of the day brings.

Brenda Lee version

Brenda Lee released a version in 1973 that reached No. 6 on the Hot Country Songs chart in October 1973.[4] For Lee, it was the second single release of a song written by Mark James, the first being "Always On My Mind." With the song's top 10 placement on the chart, it marked back-to-back top 10 hits for Lee, the teen-aged pop star from the 1960s who had in the meantime developed a strong following among country fans; her previous single, the Kris Kristofferson-penned "Nobody Wins," reached No. 5 in May 1973.

Chart performance

Brenda Lee

Chart (1973) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 8
U.S. Country 6

Anne Murray

Chart (1975) Peak
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 13
U.S. Country[5] 49
Billboard Hot 100[6] 98
U.S. Adult Contemporary 13


  1. Anne Murray, "Sunday Sunrise" chart positions Retrieved April 17, 2013
  2. Anne Murray, "Sunday Sunrise" Retrieved August 18, 2013
  3. Anne Murray, Together Retrieved August 18, 2013
  4. Brenda Lee, "Sunday Sunrise" Retrieved August 18, 2013
  5. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 291–292. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  6. Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 630. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.

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