Head is the son of the British documentary filmmaker Seafield Head and Helen Shingler actress. His younger brother is the actor Anthony Stewart Head.
Head already started acting as a teenager and writing songs. Mid-1960s, he got a record deal in London. His success so far but rather moderate.
His breakthrough came in the early 1970s when Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber committed him for the role of Judas Iscariot in their musical Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1971, he starred alongside Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson starred in the film nominated for four Academy Awards Sunday, Bloody Sunday by John Schlesinger. In 1975 he recorded the song Say It Is not So Joe on which was a popular tip especially on the radio.
Despite some roles and record releases Head disappeared for more than ten years back from the point of view of the public. In 1984, he celebrated a successful comeback as the star of the musical Chess. The song One Night in Bangkok from the musical captured the top positions in the international charts and finished in January 1985 also in Germany two weeks # 1 on the singles charts.
Murray Heads music is concerned primarily with interpersonal issues, and saves from political opinions. But the lyrics are never striking, but describe their subject always from a personal perspective. A salient feature of his music is very versatile voice that offers many forms of expression both in pitch and articulation.