Max Werner

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Kayak (1974), left to right: Max Werner, Pim Koopman, Johan Slager, Ton Scherpenzeel and Bert Veldkamp

Max Werner (born 29 December 1953, in Hilversum) was lead singer, drummer, and percussionist of the Dutch Progressive rock band, Kayak. In 1972, he co-founded the band along with keyboardist Ton Scherpenzeel, guitarist Johan Slager, and drummer Pim Koopman.

He sang lead vocals (and played mellotron) on Kayak's first five albums. He later switched to drums until the band split up in 1982. In 1999, he returned as singer for the Kayak album "Close to the Fire". After a short tour in 2000, he had to leave again due to health problems.

Max Werner recorded four solo albums. In May 1981, he scored a hit single with "Rain in May," which peaked at #6 in the Netherlands. In June of that same, it got as high as #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.[1] In September 1981, the song peaked at #2 in Germany. In April 2005, Werner performed the song on the German TV show "Die Hit-Giganten - die 30 größten Hits und Interpreten der coolen Achtziger."

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