Samantha Sang And Max Merritt To Play The Go Show 2016 -

Max Merritt photo by Ros O'Gorman

Samantha Sang And Max Merritt To Play The Go Show 2016

by Paul Cashmere on March 6, 2016

in Live,News

Max Merritt will be slipping away to Melbourne in July and Samantha Sang will be showing some emotion when The Go Show returns for 2016.

Samantha Sang started her recording career in hometown Melbourne under the name Cheryl Gray in 1966. By her third single ‘ You Made Me What I Am’ Cheryl had a no 8 hit song in Australia. In 1969 she moved to London and was signed to RSO by expat Aussie Robert Stigwood who changed her name to Samantha Sang.

It was via Stigwood, who also managed The Bee Gees, that the Gibbs wrote the song ‘Emotion’ for her. It reached no 3 in the USA and became her first million seller.

Max Merritt recorded his first single ‘Get A Haircut’ in 1958. He would have been about 16 at the time. Max Merritt and the Meteors introduced Atlantic Soul intop Australia in the mid 60s. One of Max’s early covers was Otis Redding’s ‘Try A Little Tenderness’. What followed was a string of soul based songs including ‘Western Union Man’ (no 15, 1969) but it was ‘Slipping Away’ that gave Max the biggest hit of this career in 1975.

The line-up for Go Show Gold 2016 also features Ross D Wyllie, Doug Parkinson, Ronnie Burns, Normie Rowe, Johnny Young, The Groove, Colleen Hewett, The Vibrants and Issi Dye.

The ‘Go!!’ music TV show premiered in Melbourne in 1964 as Bandstand was coming out of Sydney at the time.

‘Go!!’ became the place to showcase for the new acts of the day including Normie Rowe, Bobby & Laurie, Lynne Randell and Olivia Newton-John.

‘Go!! Show Gold’ will return to The Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday July 30.


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