PETER WILLIAMS a local Christchurch lad. made his early reputation in New Zealand sharing vocals and playing guitar as a member of â€œMAX MERRITT & the METEORSâ€ band in the1960â€™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.Â After 3 years he left to form his own group â€œTHE GROOVEâ€ with fellow Kiwi ROD STONE. They were an instant success (labelled as Australiaâ€™s first â€œSuper Group.â€) They went on to create a string of hit records. â€œTHE GROOVEâ€ won the prestigious â€œHoadleys Battle of the Soundsâ€ against most of the top Australian bands of the time including â€œMAX MERRITT & the METEORSâ€.
This led to a recording contract with E.M.I. in the U.K.Â Â Recording product in no less than â€œAbbey Roadâ€, creative home of â€œTHE BEATLESâ€, â€œOlympic Studiosâ€ likewise â€œTHE ROLLING STONESâ€.
And later at â€œRockwell Studiosâ€ where â€œQUEENâ€ did their masterpiece â€œBohemian Rhapsodyâ€! Peter also secured recording contracts with â€œDECCA RECORDSâ€, â€œUNITED ARTISTSâ€ and a solo deal with â€œPHILLIPSâ€.
Peter toured England with â€œCLIFF RICHARDâ€ as a backing vocalist for Cliff with Australian vocal group â€œTHE COOKIESâ€.
While in the U.K. he was recruited as the Lead singer/ guitarist for â€œTHE MIXTURESâ€ and their single â€œThe Pushbike Songâ€ went to number one across the U.K., Europe and most of the Western world! After writing their next success â€œCaptain Zeroâ€ Peter was contracted to â€œM.A.M. Musicâ€. The Recording & publishing company owned by â€œTOM JONESâ€, â€œENGELBERT HUMPERDINKâ€ & â€œGORDON MILLSâ€.
As a songwriter Peter enjoyed great success in the 70â€™s with many of his songs recorded by British & European artists. These include â€œTHE MARMALADEâ€, â€œTINA CHARLESâ€, â€œJOE DOLANâ€, â€œJON HENDRICKSâ€ and â€œHAMISH STUARTâ€ (of the â€œAVERAGE WHITE BANDâ€) and later from â€œTHE PAUL McCARTNEY BANDâ€.
His songs have also been released by New Zealand artists, such as â€œFRANKIE STEVENSâ€ and â€œCAL-Q-LATED RISKâ€.
He has also toured with â€œTHE ROLLING SONESâ€, â€œCHUCK BERRYâ€, â€œTOM JONESâ€, â€œTHE SEARCHERSâ€ and â€œHERMANâ€™S HERMITSâ€ and many more!
Peter still enjoys performing regularly within New Zealand,Â he was recently inducted into the â€œROCKONZâ€ hall of fame!!
Pete is available for your next function, birthday party, wedding you name it!