Product Code: ZLP 1029
Artist: Max Cryer & The Children ‎
Origin: New Zealand
Label: Zodiac (1966)
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Condition:
Cover: VG+
Record: VG+
Genre: Children's Music , Country , Folk , Soundtracks , Stage and Screen , World U

Town Cryer

Nice clean vinyl with a smart gloss cover.

John Maxwell "Max" Cryer MBE is a New Zealand television producer and presenter, radio broadcaster, entertainment producer, singer, cabaret performer and writer.

Cryer studied singing in Italy.[1]

His professional career began onstage at Sadler's Wells Opera, London, with appearances on BBC and at Wigmore Hall. His performing activity then widened to include musical theatre, recording, television and cabaret. In 1969 a Hollywood agency contracted him for ten years as an entertainer, leading to 15 tours of the United States, appearing in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

In New Zealand, Max Cryer was the country’s first television quizmaster and subsequently made over 300 appearances on television as entertainer, and hosted 12 different television series including New Zealand's first live talk-variety show, Town Cryer. As a singer he recorded LPs with his "singing children" and his stage roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, the king in The King and I, Count Danilo in The Merry Widow and Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus.

Cryer was chairman for the Oxford Union debates in 1975. He joined TVNZ in 1977 as producer and for the next ten years produced the New Zealand versions of University Challenge and Mastermind, as well as Mastermind International for the BBC. For ten years he was columnist in the New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Woman's Weekly, and was drama reviewer for The Sunday Star-Times. In 1981, he was a judge of the Wattie Book Awards, now known as the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

The New Zealand Government seconded him to direct all New Zealand entertainment for the World Expo 88 in Brisbane and Seville Expo '92, where he organised and supervised over 1000 Māori musical and cultural performances, and became repertoire coordinator for Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's best-selling recording of Māori music.

Since 1997 his weekly radio session on Radio Live has answered listeners' questions on the English language.

His awards include New Zealand Entertainer of the Year, the Variety Artists of New Zealand's 'Benny Award,' the 1990 Commemoration Medal for services to New Zealand, and in 1995 was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to entertainment.

Now a full-time writer, Cryer has topped the New Zealand non-fiction best-seller list three times (2001, 2002 and 2012). Besides New Zealand, his books have also been published in Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, the United States, Germany and Russia.