Max Merritt Stories

Max Merritt: the Melbourne years


Melbourne loved Max Merritt. He and the Meteors were based there from 1967 to 1970, and during this era he was noted to be the “finest soul singer in Australia.”

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Max Merritt: the UK years


Max Merritt and the Meteors shifted their base from Melbourne to the UK in October 1970. The band then comprised Merritt, Stewie Speer (drums), Bob Bertles (saxophone), and Dave Russell (guitar and bass). The four of them and their families lived together at first. 

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Max Merritt remembered


The death of Max Merritt on 25 September 2020 brought to a close one of the most remarkable stories in New Zealand music, and the hundreds of social media posts and tributes are testimony to his long-lasting popularity.

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