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