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The Easybeats and their hit “Friday on My Mind”, are the standard bearers of Beat and Australian Pop of the 60’s. Known as the Australian Beatles, the group is also considered by many to be a precursor to Powerpop.

The Easybeats were formed in Sydney in the early 1960s, and were originally called “Starfighters”. They were formed by George Young (Rhythmic Guitar and Piano), Harry Vanda (Lead Guitar), Dick Diamonte (Bass), Gordon “Snowy” Fleet (Drums), Stevie Wright (Voice).

None of the members of the group were actually Australian, George was from Scotland, Harry and Dick were from the Netherlands, Stevie and Gordon were English, Gordon was from Liverpool and had been part of The Mojos, a great Merseybeat band that was very well known between 1963-64, he was the one who invented the name of the group and the one who had the clearest idea of the path to follow for the band and the sound they had to have to succeed.

In 1964 the group was hired by Albert Productions, the Australian division of the EMI Parlophone label. In 1965 their debut album appeared, the magnificent lp “Easy”. From this album they became the kings of the Australian Beatles and began to be known as the Australian Beatles. This album, in particular, is strongly influenced by The Hollies and not so much by The Beatles. Between 1965 and 1966 they released more than half a dozen singles, and the lp’s “It’s 2 Easy” and “Volume 3”, all with great success.the group managed to have 8 tracks in the Top Ten of singles, in just a year and a half.

The climax of their meteoric career came in 1966, with the opportunity to record in London. Produced by Shel Talmy, they recorded the monumental “Friday On My Mind”

This song, by Vanda and Young would be a resounding success reaching number 1 in Australia, 6 in the UK and 16 in the USA. Top 10 in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy, and sold over a million copies worldwide. This was his only success in the USA.

The band was active until 1969. Young, older brother of Malcolm and Angus (AC/DC), together with Vanda focused their career on music production, they are responsible for the production of all AC/DC albums between 1974 and 1978.

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