PETER WILLIAMS a local Christchurch lad. made his early reputation in New Zealand sharing vocals and playing guitar as a member of “MAX MERRITT & the METEORS” band in the1960’s. He moved to Auckland with the band and they soon broke into the Auckland scene, creating a large following. The journey continued to Australia where Peter with Max & the Meteors continued their success. After 3 years he left to form his own group “THE GROOVE” with fellow Kiwi ROD STONE. They were an instant success (labelled as Australia’s first “Super Group.”) They went on to create a string of hit records. “THE GROOVE” won the prestigious “Hoadleys Battle of the Sounds” against most of the top Australian bands of the time including “MAX MERRITT & the METEORS”.
This led to a recording contract with E.M.I. in the U.K. Recording product in no less than “Abbey Road”, creative home of “THE BEATLES”, “Olympic Studios” likewise “THE ROLLING STONES”.
And later at “Rockwell Studios” where “QUEEN” did their masterpiece “Bohemian Rhapsody”! Peter also secured recording contracts with “DECCA RECORDS”, “UNITED ARTISTS” and a solo deal with “PHILLIPS”.
Peter toured England with “CLIFF RICHARD” as a backing vocalist for Cliff with Australian vocal group “THE COOKIES”.
While in the U.K. he was recruited as the Lead singer/ guitarist for “THE MIXTURES” and their single “The Pushbike Song” went to number one across the U.K., Europe and most of the Western world! After writing their next success “Captain Zero” Peter was contracted to “M.A.M. Music”. The Recording & publishing company owned by “TOM JONES”, “ENGELBERT HUMPERDINK” & “GORDON MILLS”.
As a songwriter Peter enjoyed great success in the 70’s with many of his songs recorded by British & European artists. These include “THE MARMALADE”, “TINA CHARLES”, “JOE DOLAN”, “JON HENDRICKS” and “HAMISH STUART” (of the “AVERAGE WHITE BAND”) and later from “THE PAUL McCARTNEY BAND”.
His songs have also been released by New Zealand artists, such as “FRANKIE STEVENS” and “CAL-Q-LATED RISK”.
He has also toured with “THE ROLLING SONES”, “CHUCK BERRY”, “TOM JONES”, “THE SEARCHERS” and “HERMAN’S HERMITS” and many more!
Peter still enjoys performing regularly within New Zealand, he was recently inducted into the “ROCKONZ” hall of fame!!
Pete is available for your next function, birthday party, wedding you name it!