Note) This will probably be the longest biography of all because
I was there when it happened (well.....most of the time).
Jim "Murph the Surf" Murphy was born in Beeville, Texas on Easter Sunday, March 24, 1940. He grew up in Tuleta, Texas, a small town between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas. His graduating high school class had only 33 students.
(Note: The following is text from the Cossack Vodka editorial advertisement in the Sunday London Times. For the time being I'll use this while I research and write the biographies of the other dj's Murph)
He's a 6- foot - 5 Texan. He wears dark glasses because his eyes are "sensitive
to light". His accent is so thick that he's difficult to understand.
And every night, thousands of fans tune into his Midnight Surf Party
on Radio Caroline.
Like many Americans, he'd never given much thought to Britain. For
him it was "funny cops, pubs and squares". He stopped off
in London on his way to Spain, took a quick look around and decided
to stay. For good. He first took up residence atop a flagpole. He
was determined to stay up there until his private record got into
the top ten. It took 6 days.. Then Big Jim came down and went off
to the Isle of Man and Radio Caroline.
|Murph appears a bit skeptical as he looks out from the cabin of the tender in route to the M.V. Caroline.
|Murph on the air with the "Caroline Request Hour"
|An "editorial" ad for Cossack Vodka in the "London Sunday Times" Weekend magazine December 7, 1965 . Cossack was the major sponsor of "The Midnight Surf Party"
|No he's not walking on water! Murph is in a small outboard motorboat enjoying a calm Irish Sea.
|Murph lives in Austin, Texas today. He retired for medical reasons in 1990 while living in Oregon. Among other things he spends his time researching and creating websites. Besides this one he also set up several sites for Genealogy researchers, one was an archive for records of the entire state of Texas. Presently he is researching materials for one honoring his Irish ancestry. "The Irish Texians" will be the partial story of Irish Emigrants who played major roles in settling and establishing the "Republic of Texas".