Peter Williams

Full Name:   Peter James Williams     Born:   03/04/1942
Hometown:   Christchurch     School:   Opawa / Christchurch Technical College
Instruments Played:   Guitar/Bass     Career Began:   1959
Groups:   Max Merritt and The Meteors, The Groove, The Mixtures ........
Tours:   Searchers, Stones, Chuck Berry .....
Recording Labels:   MV, Viking, RCA, EMI, United Artists, Columbia, Fable, Festival
Most Successful Single:   Push Bike Song
TV Shows:   Go Show, Kommotion, Johnny O'Keefe Show, It's All Happening! Tonight Show, Top Of The Pops, Roger Whittaker Show, Rolph Harris Show
Toured With:   Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Chuck Berry, Searchers, Herman's Hermits, Cliff Richard
Awards:   Hoadley's Battle of the Bands, Gold Record for "Push Bike Song", ROCKONZ Rock Hall of Fame


Peter Williams ...

Peter Williams, a local Christchurch lad from Opawa, made his reputation singing and playing guitar as a member of Max Merritt and the Meteors band in the 1960'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 and the Meteors, continued their success.  After 3 years Peter left to form his own group "The Groove" with fellow kiwi Rod Stone.  They were an instant success and went on to create a string of hit records.  The Groove won the prestigious "Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds" against most of the top Australian bands of the time including Max Merritt and the Meteors.

« Peter accepts the "Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds" Award

Peter and members of "The Groove" in Paris

This led to a recording contract in the UK at the famed "Abbey Road" recording studios of the Beatles fame and another at the "Olympic Studios" where the Rolling Stones did their recordings.  While in the UK he was recruited as lead singer/guitarist for "The Mixtures" and their single "The Pushbike Song" went to number one across the UK, Europe and most of the western world.  Peter moved into the song writing business and the Mixtures next success was one of his called "Captain Zero".  As a songwriter Peter enjoyed great success in the 70's with many of his songs recorded by British and European artists.  These include The Marmalade, Tina Charles, Joe Dolan, Jon Hendricks, and Hamish Stuart of the Paul McCartney band.  His songs have also been released by New Zealand artists such as Frankie Stevens and the Cal-Q-Lated Risk.  Peter has toured with The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, The Searchers and Herman's Hermits.  Peter is still performing regularly in Christchurch