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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Zip-A-De Doo-Dah
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Max Merritt And The Meteors, early 1960s
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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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Promoter Ken Cooper and Des Britten with Max Merritt & The Meteors in Wellington
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Max Merritt performing Slipping Away and Western Union Man (soundcheck for 1988 Melbourne Music Festival)
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Max with his 'Get A Haircut' 45 from 1959
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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
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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, 1958
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1960 Christchurch show programme
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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 the studio in the late 1960s with Wendy Saddington
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Max Merritt And The Meteors at the 1972 Sunbury Pop Festival, Victoria
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The sheet music for Slipping Away
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Max greeting fans, Christchurch, late 1950s
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So Long Baby
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Max Merritt and The Meteors - Friary Meux
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Christchurch, late 1970s
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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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Viking Records advertisment, 1964
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Max Merritt and The Meteors in Australia, mid-1960s
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Max Merritt And The Meteors - Memphis Special (1971)
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Max Merritt And The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club in Carlyle Street.
Photo credit: Rob Carpenter collection
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Max Merritt, Carlaw Park, Auckland 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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1950s publicity shot
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Max Merritt and The Meteors' 1965 album
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Max in the late 1950s
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1960, l to r: Ian Glass, Rod Gibson, Bernie Jones, Max Merritt, and Billy Kristian
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Max Merritt and The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club, 1958
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Heatwave
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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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1966
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Promoter Ken Cooper and Des Britten with Max Merritt & The Meteors in Wellington
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Max Merritt and The Meteors 1965: Jimmy Hill, Peter Williams, Johnny Dick, Max Merritt
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Eloise (Hang On In There)
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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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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 & the Meteors UK interview from GTK, 23 Oct 1970
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Max with fans and manager Trevor King, Christchurch
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1959 poster
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Max Merritt, 1973
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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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Australian rocker Johnny O'Keefe with Max Merritt, early 1959
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Slipping Away (live)
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Max in Christchurch, late 1950s
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Christchurch crowds getting down to Max Merritt and The Meteors, 1959
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Max Merritt with his much loved Jaguar XK150, 1964
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Max studies his fan mail
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1959 publicity shot
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