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Stevie Wright Band - Live 1987

1h 15m Art, Music, Performance 1987

Stevie Wright, was an English-born Australian musician and songwriter who has been called Australia’s first international pop star. During 1964–69, he was lead singer of Sydney-based rock and roll band the Easybeats, widely regarded as the greatest Australian pop band of the 1960s.

Early hits for the Easybeats were co-written by Wright with bandmate George Young, including: “She’s So Fine” (1965), “Wedding Ring” (1965), “Women (Make You Feel Alright)” (1966), “Come and See Her” (1966), “I’ll Make You Happy” (1966), and “Sorry” (1966). He was lead vocalist on their only international hit, “Friday on My Mind”, which peaked at No. 1 in Australia in 1966. It also charted in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States.

After the Easybeats disbanded in 1969, Wright fronted numerous groups including Stevie Wright Band and Stevie Wright & the Allstars; his solo career included the 1974 single, “Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)”, which peaked at No. 1 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart.

Wright had problems with alcohol and drug addictions. By 1976 he was hospitalised and undertook methadone treatment. In the late 1970s he was treated at Chelmsford Private Hospital by Harry Bailey who administered deep sleep therapy with a combination of drug-induced coma and electroshock.

Wright’s life was detailed in two biographies, Sorry: The Wretched Tale of Little Stevie Wright by Jack Marx (1999) and Hard Road: The Life and Times of Stevie Wright by Glenn Goldsmith (2004). On 14 July 2005, the Easybeats, with Wright as a member, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Executive Producer

Phil Kean

Producer

Bob Potts

Sound Designer

Ian Mac McKenzie

Cinematographer

Kris Denton

Cinematographer

Laci Katsaparas

Cinematographer

Peter Hall

Cinematographer

Aaron Gully

Editor

Kym McEwen

Editor

Mike Lansley

Language

English

Country

Australia

Studio

unlicenced

Bonus Content

The Wrights - Evie 1, 2, 3 Live at WaveAid

12m

The Wrights were a one-off Australian rock music “supergroup”, consisting of Nic Cester (Jet), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Kram ( Spiderbait), Chris Cheney (The Living End), Davey Lane (You Am I and The Pictures) and Pat Bourke (Dallas Crane). They are named after Australian music legend and former Easybeats frontman Stevie Wright, the original performer of the song-trilogy “Evie” which was the group’s feature song.

Stevie Wright Story 2013

29m

Produced by Australian Story (ABC) this portrait of Stevie Wright tells of his highs and his lows throughout his career. (low quality-for educational purposes only).

Stevie Wright Rocktober Concert Opera House

13m

Recorded in October 1974 at the Sydney opera House, Stevie performs self-penned hit Evie Parts 1, 2, 3. Wright formed Stevie Wright & the Allstars for live performances. In April 1974 he released his debut solo LP, Hard Road, which featured the single “Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” released in May. The song was written and produced by Vanda & Young, it became a hit and is now regarded as an Australian rock classic. Wright performed three concerts at the Sydney Opera House with backing by Vanda, Young and AC/DC’s Malcolm Young (George Young’s brother).

Easybeats - Friday on My Mind

3m

Recorded for French TV in 1967, The Easybeats, fronted by Stevie Wright, perform their global hit “Friday On My Mind”.

Stevie Wright - Friday On My Mind 1988

4m

Recorded at an outdoor concert soundcheck in 1988, Stevie performs “Friday On My Mind” live with full band and backing vocalists.

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