Murph the Surf(7690 bytes)
Jim Murphy-DJ
(written circa 1998. Jim died in 2000)
Caroline North 1965-1966
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(Murph's 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.
Big Jim Murphy is an important part of the new Britain. The britain that is no longer insular. The britain that impresses even a texan. "Everything is happening here. People are alive. Anybody under 35 has more opportunity to make it here than anywhere else. It's a young man's country and I want to be part of it."

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.

Being a disc jockey "satisfies every desire a person has for glamour" and working for a pirate radio station is "adventure on the high seas". The high seas are 3 miles or so off the Manx coastline, but its far enough away. "We all stay aboard for two weeks at a time. It's two weeks on, one week off. Then we do shows on land or go up to London to dig the scene." He already feels British. Says it's because the young are so important here. They set the pace, make the changes, call the tune. He says "it's like Texas must have been when my grand daddy was a boy- full of straight-shooters." Being a straightforward individual does count here. It shows up in everything people do, think, wear, listen to. Big Jim Murphy knows what he's talking about. He says Britain belongs to the young, it certainly does.

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Murph appears a bit  skeptical as he looks out from the cabin of the tender in route to the M.V. Caroline. murph on Tender(103177 bytes)
Murph on "The Caroline Request Hour" (8915 bytes) 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" Murph & Cossack in Times(407651 bytes)
Murph on Irish Sea(68318 bytes) 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". murphy6.jpg (4580 bytes)
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