Ricky May Profile

Chris Bourke
19 Apr 2013

Ricky May was a vocal virtuoso, a jazz-pop singer who electrified Auckland nightclub audiences while still in his teens, and became a star in Australia almost immediately after moving there in 1962.

He was born in Auckland in 1943 and was destined to be a musician. His Māori mother was a pianist, who died when he was just eleven. His father Keith “Kotcy” May was a saxophonist and the leader of his own dance band, the Rhythm Rascals.

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Lazy River
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Ricky May at the Colony nightclub, Auckland, 31 December 1961.
Photo credit: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-E164-11
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Singer Ricky May at Colony Club, 1961.
Photo credit: Auckland Libraries, Rykenberg Collection, 1269-E164-10
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Ricky May - It's The Christmas Man, RCA 1986
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Ricky May in Australia in the late 1960s
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Ricky May at the Colony nightclub, 31 December 1961. Billy Farnell's piano is in the background.
Photo credit: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-E164-12
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A young Ricky May, probably taken in New Zealand 
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Gonna Build a Mountain - Countdown 1966
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Ricky May Special
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Ricky May and Julian Lee Orchestra, 1988
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Shaking The Blues Way
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