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The Easybeats
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The Easybeats in 1966. Clockwise from left: Dick Diamonde, Harry Vanda, Snowy Fleet, George Young and Stevie Wright.
Background information
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Rock, pop
Years active 1964–1969, 1986
Labels EMI, Parlophone, Albert
Associated acts Vanda & Young, Flash and the Pan, AC/DC
Past members Dick Diamonde
Harry Vanda
Stevie Wright
George Young
Snowy Fleet
Tony Cahill

The Easybeats were an Australian rock band that formed in Sydney in late 1964. Considered one of the most important rock acts in Australia during the 1960s, they enjoyed a level of success that in Australia rivalled The Beatles. They became the first Australian rock act to score an international hit, with the 1966 single "Friday on My Mind", as well as one of the few in Australia to exclusively write and record original material.

During their six-year run, they scored 15 top 40 hits in Australia, including "She's So Fine" and "Women (Make You Feel Alright)", with other No. 1 hits including "Friday on My Mind" and "Sorry". They broke up in 1969 despite no official announcement; singer Stevie Wright died in 2015 and rhythm guitarist George Young (brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC) died in 2017.

Discography

The Easybeats 1986
The Easybeats at a press conference at the Sebel Townhouse Hotel before embarking on a reunion tour of Australia in 1986.

Studio albums

  • Easy (1965)
  • It's 2 Easy (1966)
  • Volume 3 (1966)
  • Good Friday / Friday on My Mind (1967)
  • Vigil / Falling Off the Edge of the World (1968)
  • Friends (1969)

Members

  • Stevie Wright (vocals) (1964-1969, 1986)
  • George Young (guitar) (1964-1969, 1986)
  • Harry Vanda (guitar) (1964-1969, 1986)
  • Dick Diamonde (bass) (1964-1969, 1986)
  • Gordon "Snowy" Fleet (drums) (1964-1967, 1986)
  • Tony Cahill (drums) (1967-1969)

TV series

Friday on My Mind is an Australian television drama mini series first screened on ABC in 2017, based on the history of the band from its formation at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in 1964 to the 1969 breakup.

Awards and nominations

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987. The Easybeats were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Year Nominated work Award Result
ARIA Music Awards of 2005 The Easybeats ARIA Hall of Fame inductee

Go-Set Pop Poll

The Go-Set Pop Poll was coordinated by teen-oriented pop music newspaper, Go-Set and was established in February 1966 and conducted an annual poll during 1966 to 1972 of its readers to determine the most popular personalities.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1966 themselves Best Australian Group 1st
Best International Group 3rd
1967 themselves Top Australian Group 1st
Top International Group 4th
1968 themselves Best Australian Group 5th
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