Song of the day: Max Merritt And The Meteors – "Hey, Western Union Man"

One of my friend Frank’s suggestions from yesterday was a song called “Western Union”. That title instantly reminded me of:

Max Merritt And The Meteors – “Hey, Western Union Man (1969)

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Max Merritt is a chap from New Zealand who came over to Australia in the Sixties and made it big (well, big in Australia).

Here’s the original:

Jerry Butler – “Hey, Western Union Man (1968)

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I was surprised to discover that there are quite a few versions of this particular ditty (I had foolishly thought that there were only those two). However, Max’s is the only Australian(-ish) version that I’m aware of.

Here are two other versions I like:

Diana Ross And The Supremes – “Hey, Western Union Man (1969)

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Grant Green – “Hey, Western Union Man (1970)

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I have to say that after listening to quite a few renditions of this particular ditty, the one by Max Merritt And The Meteors is still my favourite.

Max Merritt And The Meteors official website

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4 Responses to Song of the day: Max Merritt And The Meteors – "Hey, Western Union Man"

  1. Brian Lewis says:

    http://westernunionman.viinyl.com/

    Another version by Max, live in 1969 from the upcoming brand new album “Been Away Too Long”, recorded in 1969 and released for the first time shortly…

    Enjoy

  2. Peter says:

    Thanks, Brian, for letting me know about Been Away Too Long. I went to the website and had a listen to the live version of “Western Union Man” there. It certainly sounds raucous. It's nice and rowdy, which makes me think it was an enjoyable night when that was recorded.

  3. Brian Lewis says:

    Peter: It was a typical high school audience of 1,000 in the Ashwood High School hall, in Melbourne's SE suburbs. The CD is coming out April 30th. We have had a great response from a number of industry folks that were expecting your usual audience bootleg quality before they listened. Glenn Baker (see the CD booklet) and John Shand (SMH review in late April) have had nice things to say about the album too, sort of official stamps of approval. I appreciate you taking the trouble to have a listen.

  4. Peter says:

    No problem at all, Brian.

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