Ricky May Special – Video


Onehunga born jazz and cabaret singer Ricky May hosts his own NZ TV special after 20 years of performing in Sydney.

With help from special guests including Norman Erskine, Susan Dalzell and Jamie Rigg, May turns in polished big band versions of standards including Running Bear, Hit The Road Jack and Mack the Knife.


The show is long on music and short on patter, but May does talk about how he explains his Maori heritage to overseas audiences and he acknowledges those origins with a medley of Pokarekare Ana and Hoki Mai.

Ricky May died in 1988.

Thanks to Gemma Gracewood and NZ On Screen for this beautiful online taonga



  1. Just want acknowledge this late, great entertainer whom i only got hear about and see on television, wonderful voice and personality, would be interesting to see what he would be doing if he were alive today, i have spoken about him to many people who had no idea who he was, may he rest in peace and entertainment memories, kia ora ra….


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