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

June 26, 2010

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