Max Merritt Profile

aka Max Merritt and The Meteors
John Dix
10 Aug 2013

To most New Zealanders, Max Merritt is best known for 'Slipping Away', a Kiwi anthem, but his career stretches all the way back to the very beginning of rock and roll in NZ.

In 1975 Max Merritt and The Meteors were struggling in London and playing the same venues as the then-emerging punk bands. They’d been signed to the fledgling Arista label but the A Little Easier album met with little success. The band had been largely forgotten in Australia and New Zealand when a second single, 'Slipping Away', was released off the album, which would give Max Merritt the biggest hit of his career, 16 years after his first record.

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1966
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Promoter Ken Cooper and Des Britten with Max Merritt & The Meteors in Wellington
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Slipping Away
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Max Merritt And The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club in Carlyle Street.
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Promoter Ken Cooper and Des Britten with Max Merritt & The Meteors in Wellington
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To Be A Lover (1969)
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Max Merritt And The Meteors - Memphis Special (1971)
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Eloise (Hang On In There)
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Hey Western Union Man, Under The Southern Cross concert, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Feb 19, 1988
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Viking Records advertisment, 1964
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Australian rocker Johnny O'Keefe with Max Merritt, early 1959
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Max Merritt and The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club, 1958
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1960 Christchurch show programme
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1950s publicity shot
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Max Merritt and The Meteors 1965: Jimmy Hill, Peter Williams, Billy Kristian, Max Merritt
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Max in Christchurch, late 1950s
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Max Merritt and The Meteors' 1965 album
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Max greeting fans, Christchurch, late 1950s
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Max studies his fan mail
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Max Merritt, 1973
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Max Merritt and The Meteors 1960 -  l to r: Ian Glass, Rod Gibson, Bernie Jones, Max Merritt, Billy Kristian
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Max Merritt and The Meteors, Adelaide, 1969. L to R: Bob Bertles, Stewart Speer, Max Merritt, Yuk Harrison
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1959 poster
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Max Merritt And The Meteors in the studio in the late 1960s with Wendy Saddington
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It's Over (1978)
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1959 publicity shot
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Early Max Merritt And The Meteors, circa 1957, with Peter Ward, later of Ray Columbus and The Invaders, on drums
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Max with his 'Get A Haircut' 45 from 1959
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Max Merritt and The Meteors' 1960 album C'mon Let's Go. Issued by HMV, it was recorded at Christchurch's 3YA radio studio.
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Max Merritt and The Meteors, 1958
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Home Is Where The Heart Is (1969)
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Slipping Away (live)
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Christchurch crowds getting down to Max Merritt and The Meteors, 1959
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Max Merritt and The Meteors in Australia, mid-1960s
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Max in the late 1950s
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Max with fans and manager Trevor King, Christchurch
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Christchurch, late 1970s
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1960, l to r: Ian Glass, Rod Gibson, Bernie Jones, Max Merritt, and Billy Kristian
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Wendy Saddington and Max Merritt, with Barrie McAskill and Billy Thorpe to the right, Ourimbah Festival, 1970
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The sheet music for Slipping Away
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Max Merritt and The Meteors - Friary Meux
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Max Merritt & the Meteors UK interview from GTK, 23 Oct 1970
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Max Merritt And The Meteors at the 1972 Sunbury Pop Festival, Victoria
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The Meteors backing Lyn Barnett, venue unknown, 1964: Billy Kristian, Max Merritt and Pete Williams with Jimmy Hill out of frame
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Zip-A-De Doo-Dah
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Max Merritt and The Christchurch Teenagers Club (promoter Trevor King on the left) welcome Tommy Sands, 1959
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Max Merritt And The Meteors in a 1964 publicity shot: Max Merritt, Peter Williams, Mike Angland and Johnny Dick
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Max Merritt with his much loved Jaguar XK150, 1964
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Max Merritt, Carlaw Park, Auckland 1990
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Max Merritt and The Meteors in the early 1970s in London, with the late Stewie Spears on the left. This was the band that recorded Slippin' Away.
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Max Merritt And The Meteors, early 1960s
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