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« on: Dec 27, 2015, 03:58PM »

Sad to report that Stevie Wright, who fronted Aussie rock band The Easybeats in the 1960s and is widely regarded as Australia's first international pop star, has died at the age of 68. Actually he was a Pom, like myself, and was born in Leeds, England in 1947, migrating to Australia at the age of nine.

It is not an exaggeration to say he was 'international' because the band toured with the Rolling Stones in the 60s and Mick was so taken with Stevie's stage performance that he actually copied some of the moves which later became his own trademark.

The band's hit "Friday On My Mind" was a huge success, reaching number one in Australia, number six in Britain and the top 20 in the US:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1k2lir-zDw

Stevie, on the steps of Sydney Opera House for The Concert Of The Decade singing his hit "Evie". This is a truly great live performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPveBD6WWXc

This is the Easybeats story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhXIEqoohfs
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