Label: Albert Productions - 472297 4 • Format: Cassette Album, Compilation • Country: Australia & New Zealand • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Beat, Rock & Roll
The Easybeats were an Australian rock band that formed in SydneyAustralia, in lateand disbanded at Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series end of They were the first rock and roll act from Australia to score an international pop hit with the single " Friday on My Mind ". All five founder members were from families that had migrated to Australia from Europe : lead singer Stevie Wright and drummer Gordon "Snowy" Fleet were from England ; rhythm guitarist George Young was from Scotland ; lead guitarist Harry Vanda and bassist Dick Diamonde were from the Netherlands.
The families of the band members spent their first years in Australia housed at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in the early and mid-sixties. The Easybeats began their career in late at the little-known teen hangout, Beatle Village, located in the basement of a pub at Taylor Square on Oxford Streetin DarlinghurstSydney.
The band was inspired by the " British Invasion " spearheaded by the Beatles. The Easybeats quickly rose to become one of the most popular groups in the city.
Through his efforts, they were signed to a contract with Albert Productionsone of Australia's first independent record production companies. The company was established by Ted Albert whose family owned J. Albert signed the band to a recording contract with EMI 's Parlophone label. The group recorded a number of songs at the abandoned 2UW Theatre, owned by the parent company of Albert Productions, J. Albert and Son. They chose the bluesy " For My Woman " as their first single.
It was picked up by local radio Sydney radio and proved to be a minor hit, reaching 33 on the charts. Although "For My Woman" gained them some attention, the band felt they needed a more uptempo song to break through commercially. Their next single, " She's So Fine ", gave them that commercial success, reaching 3  on the Australian charts, and launching them to national stardom.
Their concerts and public appearances were regularly marked by intense fan hysteria similar to ' Beatlemaniasoon dubbed by the Australian press as 'Easyfever'. The band's follow-up single, the high-energy " Wedding Ring ," released on 26 August, was also a hit, reaching 7. It was one of the earliest albums of all original material that was written by an Australian rock group.
Most of the songs were written by the group's already established songwriters, vocalist Stevie Wright and guitarist George Young. However, like "For My Woman", it failed to make the top 10, only reaching The lead singles from that album, " Women Make You Feel Alright " and "Come and See Her", put the group back in the top 10, reaching 4 and 3  Tunnel Vision - Various - Ambien Dark Ambient [Incorporeal Whispers] on the Australian charts.
The Wright-Young song-writing team also wrote 50s Medley - Freddy Fender - If Youre Ever In Texas for other artists, including "Step Back", which became a 1  hit for Johnny Young no relation in In earlywhile the group was still touring Australia, their manager, Mike Vaughan, flew to New York City to attempt to secure an American recording contract for the band.
Despite an initial lack of interest, Vaughan was able to convince United Artists Records to sign the band. Just before relocating to London inthey recorded a farewell TV special for the Seven Networktitled The Easybeats TV MInd ROt - PlanetZoo - 2 Humans In A Cage With Their Everything Box commonly known as The Coca-Cola Specialone of the few surviving appearances from the band's career during this period.
The group left for the UK on 10 July In AugustAlbert Productions released an E. Titled Easyfeverit reach 1 on the Australian singles charts. Albert Productions then released an entire album of material titled Volume 3 on 3 November This too was a commercial success and its lead single " Sorry " topped Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series Australian charts. The band was then teamed with freelance producer Shel Talmywho had achieved great success with his production for the Who and the Kinks.
United Artists also felt that the band's song writing was too "unsophisticated" for the competitive UK market. Dutch-born Vanda, now having a stronger grasp of English, replaced Wright as Young's song writing partner at this point. After auditioning several titles for Talmy, " Friday On My Mind " caught the producer's ear as the next single. It reached 6 on the UK What Remains - The Feeder - With These Wings I Am A Fighter making it the group's first big international hit.
The song charted in multiple countries: No. It was awarded a gold disc. The single was a commercial failure and did not make the UK charts although it was 14 in Australia. The band was against releasing the single to begin with, as they felt it was not a strong enough track to follow "Friday On My Mind". Later that month, they toured Europe in support of the Rolling Stones. During this period, the band was filmed Power (Original Mix) - Rosabel - Party Groove: Fireball Volume 2 Australian director Peter Clifton for a proposed documentary for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Filmed under the title Between Heaven and Hell which was later changed to Easy Come, Easy Gothe documentary was lost for nearly 42 years. It was restored, reedited and shown at film festivals in That same month, they returned to Australia for a nationwide tour.
After the tour, drummer Snowy Fleet decided to quit the band. Fleet was unhappy at the amount of time he had to spend away from his wife and young children. During this period, the band recorded their next single.
The single was produced by Glyn Johnswho had worked as an engineer on the Shel Talmy sessions. The band also began work on a new album with Johns, most of which was recorded and prepared for issue but Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series never released because of the band's complicated financial and contractual problems.
This was due, in part, to the song being banned by the BBC. The single also ran into problems in the US, where a censored version titled "Heaven", replaced the offensive lyric "Discovering someone else in your bed" with "discovering that her love has gone dead". In Australia the single did much better; reaching 8. After extensive auditions in London a replacement drummer was found in Tony Cahill born 20 December who formerly played with the Purple Hearts.
The single received moderate airplay in the US, but did not chart. The band returned to London and continued to work in the studio. In lateVanda and Young began writing for other artists. Still trying to get back into the UK charts, the band moved to a more pop friendly sound and released the soft rock, ballad " Hello, How Are You " on 8 March The plan worked and the song reached 20 in the UK charts.
However, in retrospect, the band have cited the change in sound as a mistake, stating it alienated its long term fans. The album was a mixture of current singles, new recordings and out-takes Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series the scrapped album. Failing to chart in the UK, it did reach 18 on the Australian Charts. An often told story about the song; is when the track was broadcast on BBC radioit was reputedly heard by Paul McCartney on his car radio; McCartney apparently rang the station immediately to request a repeat playing.
The single was slammed by critics and reached 59 on the Australian chart; their lowest charting single to date. Through latethe formerly tight-knit band began to drift apart.
Drugs were a factor, but the growing independence of the Vanda and Young team as a creative unit was also a major catalyst. By this time the duo were working substantially on their own and between them they could now play almost any instrument needed for recordings and had become skilled in engineering and producing their own recordings.
They wrote prolifically, but many of their songs from this period remained unreleased for many years. They were also reluctant to do more than a few gigs per month, and so the band only came together for occasional performances or for 'demo' sessions at Central Sound Studios in Denmark Street. Inthe band had parted ways with United Artists and their production company Albert Productions to sign with Polydor Records. In April, the group returned to Olympic Studios to record their first single for Polydor.
In Julyit was announced that the working relationship between manager Vaughan and the group had come to an end. To continue their work as songwriters for hire, Vanda and Young took over a flat on Moscow Road in London, which had previously been used as a jingle studio for pirate radio stations. With modifications, it became a 4-track home studio and Vanda and Young began producing demos, working mostly on their own.
As with their Central Sound records, Vanda and Young played most of the instruments on their recordings with the other Easybeats members occasionally contributing. Nine of these demo recordings with single "St. This album was released after their break-up. In September, the band undertook a short European tour and then reluctantly accepted the offer of a five-week Australian tour. The tour was reported as a last-ditch attempt to bail the group out of its mounting pool of debts.
Born Crazy - Various - Garage Punk Rock number of factors made the Australian tour less than successful. Rather than playing larger venues as they did Act III (Conclusion) - Jules Massenet - Cendrillon the tour, the band was booked to play mainly smaller clubs and dance halls.
Also, the band had reverted to 'no frills' hard rock whereas the Australian pop scene was preoccupied with progressive rock, soul, and bubblegum pop. The recordings were songwriter demos sent to Albert Productions in and for other artists to record. However, the show was interrupted by hostile audience members and was cancelled after only 20 minutes.
This was the Easybeats final performance. After the tour, the band went their separate ways. Vanda and Young also recorded several Australian hit singles under the pseudonym Flash and the Panincluding "Hey St. Peter" and "Down Among the Dead Men". Singer-model-actress Grace Jones also recorded a successful cover version of their song " Walking in the Rain ".
Stevie Wright went on to become a cast member of the original Australian stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar —73 and then launched a successful but short-lived solo career with the hit single " Evie " and the album Hard Road inwhich reunited him with Vanda and Young, who produced the records and wrote many of the songs, including "Evie", an ambitious three-part Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series split over two sides of a single.
In later years Wright suffered debilitating drug and alcohol problems which were further exacerbated by his self-admission to the notorious Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney. Its director, Dr Harry Baileyadministered a highly controversial treatment known as " deep sleep therapy " Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series allegedly cured drug addiction with Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series combination of drug-induced coma and electroshock.
His replacement, Tony Cahill, remained in the UK for a time, briefly joining the final studio lineup of Python Lee Jackson as a bassist, before moving to Shes So Fine - The Easybeats - The Definitive Series United States. Dick Diamonde moved to the New South Wales North Coast and retired from performing, after some years of singing and playing in local pubs.
InFlash and the Pan released their second album Lights in the Night. Their next album, Headlines was released in August Wright also provided vocals for the album.
Wright told Juke Magazine in "we had our lawyers working out the deal" because there was a venue interested in having them "but at the last minute they tried to change the venue and we just said 'forget it'. Inthere was a talk of a solo album with work done again with Vanda and Young.
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