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Maxwell James Merritt (30 April 1941 – 24 September 2020) was a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was known as an interpreter of soul music and R&B.

As leader of Max Merritt & The Meteors his best known hits are "Slippin' Away", which reached No. 2 on the 1976 Australian singles charts, and "Hey, Western Union Man" which reached No. 13. Merritt rose to prominence in New Zealand from 1958 and relocated to Sydney, Australia, in December 1964.

In 2008, he was hospitalized with kidney failure and was diagnosed with godpasture syndrome. Merritt died from the disease on 24 September 2020 in Los Angeles, aged 79.

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