Chris Murphy Biography — Wiki
Chris Murphy was a visionary INXS manager who has died aged 66 after a short battle with cancer, as tributes pour in to mourn the sudden loss. The legendary music manager, who helped steer INXS to global success, was surrounded by family when he died at home in Ballina, northern NSW, on Saturday.
‘It is with great sadness that the remaining members of INXS mourn the passing of our brother, Chris Murphy,’ band members Tim, Jon and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers said in a statement.
Chris Murphy Age
Chris Murphy was 66 years old at the time of death.
Obituary: Chris Murphy Death and Cause of Death
Murphy was diagnosed before Christmas with fast-moving cancer called mantle cell lymphoma which affects the white blood cells.
He died at his home, the Sugar Bay Ranch, in Ballina, Northern NSW, on Saturday.
‘It is with great sadness that Caroline Murphy and family confirm that Christopher (CM) Mark Murphy, chairman of Murphy Petrol Group has today passed away peacefully at his beloved Ballina property ‘Sugar Beach Ranch’ surrounded by his family,’ his management company, Murphy Petrol Group, said in a statement.
Chris Murphy, the longtime manager of Australian band INXS, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 66. https://t.co/M8MEaxKlxQ
— Variety (@Variety) January 16, 2021
‘Without Chris’s vision, passion and hard work, the INXS story would be totally different.’
Daily Mail Australia managing director, a former publisher of music industry bible Rolling Stone Australia, Peter Holder said it was a great loss to the industry.
‘Chris was a very clever operator, a marketing maverick – and there is no way INXS would have been as big as they were had it not been for his vision which extended well beyond Australian borders.’
Mr. Holder said he had known Chris Murphy through his work at Rolling Stone.
‘He could be ruthless and relentless – without apology – but he was loyal and terribly funny. I will miss his manic giggle,’ he said on Saturday.
Over a career spanning 40 years, the talented manager made a huge impact on the global music and entertainment industry, also becoming a record-label owner and TV producer.
What we know so far about Chris Murphy
Christopher Mark Murphy was born in 1954 and grew up in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst. His father, Mark Murphy had run a theatrical booking agency called Mark Murphy & Associates.
When Mark died in 1969, his 16-year-old son, nicknamed ‘CM’, took over the business alongside his mother, renaming it Murphy Media Academy (MMA) and pivoting it to book tours for rock acts.
He pioneered a contract called the ‘door deal’ which gives more earnings to artists by guaranteeing them a percentage of the cover charge. Murphy took on INXS as manager from 1979 to 1995, and again in the 2000s, guiding the famous band to international stardom in their early break-through years.
INXS first started with Andrew, Tim, and Jon Farriss, and their first-ever name was ‘The Farriss Brothers’.
In 1978 three more members joined: charismatic frontman Michael Hutchence, bass player Garry Gary Beers and saxophonist Kirk Pengilly.
Murphy was their manager all through their early years, with their debut album INXS in 1980 which spawned their first Australian Top 40 hit with ‘Just Keep Walking’. When the ambitious Murphy first took them on, he told them it was only on the basis that they would do it internationally, he told the documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence.
Their first performance was on the children’s TV show Simon Townsend’s Wonder World.
The band’s performance soon grew, with their third album Shabooh Shoobah peaking at number 5 on the ARIA album charts, and nominated for Best Australian Album at the 1982 Countdown Australia Music Awards.
Chris Murphy wife, kids, family
Chris Murphy was a family man at heart, and in his later years, he met one of the greatest loves of his life, his wife Caroline Murphy. They were ‘blissfully happy together’, the friend said, however, their love was cut short too soon.
Tributes began pouring in as word spread of the loss of one of Australia’s best-loved and most successful music industry leaders on Saturday with voices as varied as academics, PR agency moguls and ordinary fans who still love the music he helped create.