Ricky May will always be remembered for his fantastic personality and his natural extraordinary vocal control, ability and music skills .
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Watching him work the audiences in Perth was a delight and very educational for the many performers that used to make an effort to watch his show. I was lucky to have been associated with Ricky as a friend and an agent in Perth. Ricky loved his food and had the Chefs at Romano's prepare his own meals nightly. I accepted Ricky's invitations many times to dine with him only to see the meal getting interrupted by his ardent Fans. Ricky was a beautiful unique person and sadly missed. 
I originally booked Ricky at La Tenda Restaurant/Night Club Victoria Park, Romano's Restaurant/Night Club Perth and the Galaxy Night Club in North Perth.. I also had him work Football Clubs and make Television Appearances on the Perth "Tonight" Show for STW Channel 9.
He loved Perth and came back many times from Sydney, which he called home after arriving there from  New Zealand in 1966.

Ricky May was a Maori jazz / pop vocalist from Onehunga, Auckland. In 1961 jazz pianist Ronnie Smith set up a group to play at the "Sorrento" in Wellington. The group included Tommy Tamati on bass and a young Ricky May on drums and vocals. Bruno Lawrence was always watching in the audience and was given a chance to play the drums when Ricky got up to sing. He impressed Ronnie enough to become a regular with the group. The group stayed together for about a year, even touring around the lower North Island area.

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At the end of 1961, Ricky got fed up with Wellington weather and headed back to Auckland. He released a single in 1961 called "Let's Twist Again"/"Hucklebuck" on the La Gloria label and followed this with a second in 1962, "I Could Have Danced All Night"/"Ballin' The Jack".

In 1966 Ricky released another single for RCA called "This Little Boy's Gone Rockin' "/"Spanish Harlem".

Beyond this he concentrated on live cabaret performances and television work. It wasn't until 1973 that he released any further material. This was a double album with the Julian Lee Orchestra called "Fats Enough", released on ABC records.

n 1974 ABC decided to release a second double album, which was called "Just Foolin' Around - A Tribute To Louis Armstrong".
In 1983, the first half of this double album was re-released on CD, called "A Tribute To The Greats".

In 1981 J&B released an album called "Ricky May" and ABC records released "The Best Of Ricky May" in 1983 on CD. In 1986 RCA released a Christmas album called "It's The Christmas Man".

Ricky was involved in one more single in 1983, when he recorded a song as The Big Boys with Jonathan Coleman. It was called "Built For Comfort (I Ain't Built For Speed)"/"Off The Record".

Young Entertainer of the Year was Rachel Marley, star of Annie and The Sound Of Music, and Maria Venuti was recognised for her work for children's charities with the Ricky May Heart Award.

Sadly Ricky May died on 1st June 1988 from a heart


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Wednesday, 18. July 2007 RO

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