Max Merritt (born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 30 April 1941) is a New Zealand-born singer, songwriter and musician who is renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. He is best known for his 1976 hit Slippin' Away (with his band Max Merrit & The Meteors); the song reached #2 on the Australian charts. He rose to prominence in New Zealand in the late 1950s and early 1960s before relocating to Australia in the mid-1960s. Backed by his band The Meteors, he was widely acknowledged as one of the best local performers of his day; his influence did much to popularise those styles in Australia at a time when they were rarely heard on commercial radio.
Max Merritt is currently in hospital with advanced kidney failure and doesn't have many more days with us so it's a good time for a reminder of what he performed.