b. 30 Apr 1941, Christchurch, New Zealand. The Meteors produced in New Zealand in 1956, with Merritt became a member of by Ross Clancy (saxophone), Ian Cup (bass), Peter Patene (piano) and Pete Snowden (drums). Merritt was inspired by dark R&B and spirit records brought in by American Naval workers stationed in New Zealand, which eventually supposed the Meteors had been foremost in delivering this songs to New Zealand viewers on record and via many strike singles. The line-up because of their 1960 debut record featured Merritt, Cup, Fishing rod Gibson (saxophone), Bernie Jones (drums) and Billy Kristian (piano). Many line-up changes implemented, with Merritt and Kristian (who acquired turned to bass) staying both constants. Outgrowing their regional market, the music group been to Australia in past due 1964, but shortly relocated completely. They released five singles, non-e of which marketed well, however the high regular of musicianship inside the music group made it a favorite live act, frequently winning compliment from fellow music artists. A more long lasting line-up took form in 1967 with Merritt became a member of by Stewie Speer (b. 26 June 1928, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, d. 16 Sept 1986, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; drums), Bob Bertles (saxophone) and John ‘Yuk’ Harrison (bass). A street accident exactly the same June still left Merritt with one eyesight and Speer completely injured, which demonstrated a hard setback for the music group to overcome. That they had an Australian strike solitary having a cover edition of Jerry Butler’s ‘Traditional western Union Guy’ in past due 1969. The associated album also offered well as well as the music group departed for the united kingdom in Oct 1970. After administration problems that created circumstances of limbo, they were able to ensconce themselves within the pub rock and roll picture. By 1975, the group acquired agreed upon with Arista Information and gained achievement with the one ‘Slippin’ Away’, and two albums, JUST A LITTLE Easier and OUT OF NOWHERE. Merritt spent a lot of 1978 in america, but despite several more album produces, his profession faded. Speer passed away of a coronary attack in 1986, while Merritt retired to LA, where he discovered employment being a film established carpenter, although he continuing to tour sometimes in Australia. A fresh line-up from the Meteors was come up with in 2002 to finish the Australian Center & Spirit Of Rock and roll & Move tour.