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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The sheet music for Slipping Away
Max with fans and manager Trevor King, Christchurch
Max Merritt And The Meteors at the 1972 Sunbury Pop Festival, Victoria
Max greeting fans, Christchurch, late 1950s
1960, l to r: Ian Glass, Rod Gibson, Bernie Jones, Max Merritt, and Billy Kristian
1960 Christchurch show programme
1959 publicity shot
Australian rocker Johnny O'Keefe with Max Merritt, early 1959
Max Merritt and The Meteors - Friary Meux
Max Merritt, the Meteors, and friends at the Shiralee nightclub, Auckland, 11 May 1964. The musicians are, from left: Max Merritt, Johnny Dick, Mike Angland, Peter Williams.
Photo credit: Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1269-W0238-03
1959 poster
Viking Records advertisment, 1964
Max Merritt and The Christchurch Teenagers Club (promoter Trevor King on the left) welcome Tommy Sands, 1959
Max Merritt, 1973
Early Max Merritt And The Meteors, circa 1957, with Peter Ward, later of Ray Columbus and The Invaders, on drums
Photo credit: Rob Carpenter collection
The Meteors backing Lyn Barnett, venue unknown, 1964: Billy Kristian, Max Merritt and Pete Williams with Jimmy Hill out of frame
Max Merritt And The Meteors - Memphis Special (1971)
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.
Max Merritt and The Meteors c. 1964. From left: Jimmy Dick, Peter Williams, Mike Angland, Max Merritt. 
Eloise (Hang On In There)
Max Merritt performing Slipping Away and Western Union Man (soundcheck for 1988 Melbourne Music Festival)
Max Merritt with his much loved Jaguar XK150, 1964
Christchurch, late 1970s
Max Merritt and The Meteors 1960 -  l to r: Ian Glass, Rod Gibson, Bernie Jones, Max Merritt, Billy Kristian
Wendy Saddington and Max Merritt, with Barrie McAskill and Billy Thorpe to the right, Ourimbah Festival, 1970
Max Merritt and The Meteors in Australia, mid-1960s
Max Merritt & the Meteors UK interview from GTK, 23 Oct 1970
Max Merritt And The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club in Carlyle Street.
Photo credit: Rob Carpenter collection
Max Merritt, Carlaw Park, Auckland 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Zip-A-De Doo-Dah
Max Merritt and The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club, 1958
Max Merritt And The Meteors in a 1964 publicity shot: Max Merritt, Peter Williams, Mike Angland and Johnny Dick
Promoter Ken Cooper and Des Britten with Max Merritt & The Meteors in Wellington
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
Max Merritt and The Meteors, Adelaide, 1969. L to R: Bob Bertles, Stewart Speer, Max Merritt, Yuk Harrison
Heatwave
Christchurch crowds getting down to Max Merritt and The Meteors, 1959
Max Merritt and The Meteors, 1958
Slipping Away (live)
1966
Max Merritt and The Meteors' 1965 album
Max Merritt & The Meteors disembark in Wellington, December 1962. The crossing from Australia was rough, causing Billy Kristian (far right) to throw up through the night. From left are: unidentified, Peter Williams, Peter Sowdon, Max Merritt, promoter Ken Cooper, DJ Des Britten, Peter Williams's brother Barry, and Billy Kristian. 
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
Max in Christchurch, late 1950s
Max Merritt And The Meteors with Lyn Barnett, probably in 1963 in Auckland's Domain.
Max with his 'Get A Haircut' 45 from 1959
Max in the late 1950s
Max studies his fan mail
1950s publicity shot
Max Merritt And The Meteors in the studio in the late 1960s with Wendy Saddington
Max Merritt and The Meteors' 1960 album C'mon Let's Go. Issued by HMV, it was recorded at Christchurch's 3YA radio studio.
So Long Baby
Labels:

HMV


Viking


Parlophone


RCA


Arista