"People came from out of state," he said. "I saw people from Texas, California, Ohio. It was really crazy."
Others closer to Murphy didn't ask for anything, but they didn't seem to want anything to do with him either.
"I don't know if they're sad or if they're mad," Murphy said. "So I guess being successful has been a blessing and a curse at the same time."
The worst of it has been Murphy's elder brother, Anthony Page. Originally, Murphy said his brother called their carwash Three Brothers Car Wash, which referred to Page, Murphy and their younger brother, Alfonzo.
"But I was never around," Murphy said. "I'd go out and tour and I was gone. When I'd get back, I didn't want to do anything."
Murphy said his brother eventually changed the name of the shop, but they haven't talked about that or anything else.
"He's been busy," the singer said. "He's been putting in some storage units."
He hasn't been in a lot of contact with his younger brother either, though he said Alfonzo was working at a wood products plant.
Murphy regrets what he's lost, though he's not sure what to do about it -- at least, not as sure as what he wants to do with his career.
Although people know him for performing standards, he'd like to show the world he can do more. He's working on his own original material.
In his home recording studio, he has a copy of Pro Tools 10. "It makes a $10,000 studio sound like it's worth $100,000."
Murphy hopes to record some new tracks, which might lead to another record, and maybe help a few others record songs as well.
There's a lot of talent around, he said.
The trick may be finding time to get it done. After the Saturday show, Murphy will be in and out of the state, with shows in Arizona, Michigan and back to Las Vegas.
At some point, he's supposed to go to China for a taping of "China's Got Talent."
"They had me record a promo for it," he said. "I had to speak -- what is it -- Mandarin? That was crazy."
He said he also has a book coming out and may appear in a movie.
"I can't talk too much about that," he said.
Want to go?
WHAT: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
WHERE: Charleston Municipal Auditorium
WHEN: 7 p.m. April 6
TICKETS: $25, $35, $40
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.