Join Nick Black this week where he celebrates the life of Max Merritt.
Born in Christchurch on April 30, 1941, Merritt made Australia his home where he became known as the “King of Soul” for his R&B style.
In the 1960s, he moved to Britain before settling in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
He continued to tour Australia and New Zealand regularly until 2007.
“Max had been unable to perform live over the past 13 years but, when he felt up to it, would go into the studio to record,” Mr Bishop said.
“He even shot a video to go with the tracks. It’s a shame he won’t be around to see it.”
In 2007, the Australian entertainment industry rallied in support of Merritt with a concert that raised well over $200,000.
The event attracted industry stalwarts such as Daryl Braithwaite, John Paul Young, James Reyne and Ross Wilson.