Happy birth­day to­day to Aus­tralian mu­sic man­ager Chris ‘CM’ Mur­phy (1954- ).

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He helped launch INXS into su­per­star­dom and now Mur­phy wants to launch a mu­seum in the Aus­tralian band’s hon­our. Now liv­ing in South Bal­lina in north­ern NSW, Mur­phy has pro­posed a build­ing shaped in an ‘X’ for the North­ern Rivers re­gion, which would at­tract die-hard fans from around the world to see thou­sands of photos and band mem­o­ra­bilia. ‘‘The archives ex­pand over 40 years and we have never thrown any­thing away. The num­ber is lim­it­less and very ex­ten­sive,’’ he told The Mu­sic Net­work. It’s ru­moured Mur­phy will soon be an­nounc­ing the head cre­atives for an up­com­ing INXS doc­u­men­tary and the INXS Mu­si­cal Ex­trav­a­ganza. Mur­phy grew up in Shell­har­bour near Wol­lon­gong. His fa­ther ran a the­atri­cal book­ing agency un­til he died from a heart at­tack while play­ing ice hockey. Mur­phy joined his mother in run­ning the agency but changed the fo­cus to book­ing rock mu­sic acts. He con­tin­ued his work as a book­ing agent un­til Garry Mor­ris, then-man­ager of Mid­night Oil and INXS, asked him to look after the lat­ter. Mur­phy went on to pro­pel INXS to in­ter­na­tional fame. He re­tired from man­ag­ing the band in 1995, two years be­fore lead singer Michael Hutchence’s death. Away from mu­sic, Mur­phy started a free-range egg busi­ness called Rock Chic Eggs and an or­ganic lamb ex­port busi­ness. In 2014, he re­leased mem­oir The Mak­ing of CM Mur­phy: The Son, The Fa­ther, The Goals, The Wins and the Tri­umph of INXS. Last year he tied the knot with for­mer Vogue Aus­tralia beauty edi­tor Caro­line Paidasch.

Pic­ture: AAP

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