Tamara Merritt Bio, Wiki
Tamara Merritt was best known for being the wife of Max Merritt, a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist who was renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. It is being that Max has died aged 79 on Thursday, August 24th, in the US after a long battle with illness.
Tamara Merritt & Max Merritt
Tamara and Max had a daughter Kelli and son Josh. It seems at the time of Max’s death, Tamara was not in the picture. Tamara Merritt was featured in an Australian Women’s Weekly on December 3rd, 1969, page 5 in an article titled “She Married a Pop Star.” At the time, the couple had one daughter who was 1 year old at the time and Tamara was 23.
The Article reads in Parts:
Tamara, who was born in Germany of Latvian parents, was working as a secretary for a Melbourne plastics firm when she met Max about five years ago (1961).
Her parents, she said, were large landholders until the Germans and Russians faced each other across Latvia when they fled into Germany. They came to Australia in 1949 and settled in Mel-bourne, where her father works as an accountant.
Tamara who spoke Latvian to her parents and two elder brothers. “Now, I believe, my mother proudly announces to everyone, she meets that she is Max Merritt’s mother-in-law.”
Tamara likes all kinds of music. She first saw Max when she used to follow the music groups around Melbourne, but, she said, none of the players at that time had any appeal as individuals — they were just musicians. She occasionally met and spoke to Max at these concerts. He was, she remembered, taking one of her girl-friends out at the time.
It was after the Meteors were involved in a particularly bad car crash, when three of them, including Max, were badly injured, that she really came to know her future husband. She met him one night at a party and they started going out together.
“Mostly we sat and watched television. Max was recuperating from the loss of the sight of one eye and a broken jaw; Bob Bertles, the sax player, had his legs broken, and Stewie, the drummer, had fractured legs and pelvis and lost a couple of fingers. Today, he has to use sticks to get around.
“Max had only formed the group five weeks before this happened and it was six months before they could start playing again. But, somehow, the accident brought them really together as people. Now they are a very close-knit group.”
Tamara said she was attracted to Max as a person, not as a pop idol. He is the only one of the group to wear his hair cropped close to his head, which, his wife thinks, is much more appealing to his young fans. He did start to grow a beard a few weeks ago, but one morning he took a long look at himself in the mirror and shaved it off.
“Neither of us is very keen on the hippie type, although we tolerate them. Anyway, very few of them
Tamara Merritt Death & Cause
Max Merritt has died aged 79 in the US on Thursday, September 24th after a long battle with illness. Merritt, who was born in New Zealand but lived for a long time in Australia, died in a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday US time.
Best known for his hit songs Slipping Away and Hey Western Union Man with his band The Meteors, Merritt had suffered from Goodpasture syndrome, a rare and serious autoimmune disease of the lungs and kidneys.
“Max had been on dialysis three days every week since he fell ill back in 2007,” friend and manager Wal Bishop said in a statement.
“He really put up a great fight and will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him”.
Merritt who was born in Christchurch on April 30, 1941, made Australia his home where he became known as the “King of Soul” for his R&B style. In the 1960s, he moved to the UK before settling in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
He continued to tour Australia and New Zealand regularly until 2007. Merritt, who was an Australian and New Zealand Hall of Fame recipient, is survived by his daughter Kelli, son Josh and three grandchildren.