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Monday, December 28, 2015

Stevie Wright 1947-2015 RIP - Former Easybeats vocalist dies aged 68. Tribute post.

From ABC news: Stevie Wright, who fronted rock outfit The Easybeats in the 1960's, and is widely regarded as Australia's first international pop star, has died at the age of 68. The ARIA hall of famer became ill on Boxing Day and was taken to Moruya Hospital on the New South Wales south coast, where he died on Sunday night with his son Nick by his side. Rock historian Glenn A Baker said Wright "was a dynamo on stage". Read full article HERE.

Stephen Carlton "Stevie" Wright (20 December 1947– 27 December 2015), formerly billed as Little Stevie, was an Australian musician and songwriter who has been called Australia's first international pop star. During 1964–1969 he was lead singer of Sydney-based pop/beat/rock and roll band The Easybeats, widely regarded as the greatest Australian pop band of the 1960's (see original post on this blog about The Easybeats HERE).

After The Easybeats disbanded in 1969, Wright fronted numerous groups including The Stevie Wright Band and Stevie Wright and 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. (See original post on this blog HERE).

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 alongside Renée Geyer, Hunters & Collectors, Smoky Dawson, Split Enz and Normie Rowe.


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  1. Sad News, We are losing so many of the sixties greats, I was 18 when i first heard the Easybeats & Friday on my mind was one of my favourite songs at the time (it still is) I am currently playing an Easybeats album & looking back with pleasure that i lived during the greatest period for music ever.
    RIP Stevie


  2. This is indeed a sad loss, although not exactly surprising. Little Stevie had the kind of charisma, talent and energy you rarely see in today's so-called 'stars'. Not only were The Easybeats were my NYE soundtrack last night, they've been central to the soundtrack of my life! As a child of the awful 80s, they were one of my salvations....RIP Stevie, you legend