A sad goodbye to Stevie Wright, Easybeats frontman, music legend 303



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TheEasybeats_wikiToday we say a sad goodbye to one of the greatest musicians our country ever saw and certainly one of the shining stars of our generation. Stevie Wright, frontman of the Easybeats and perhaps Australia’s original worldwide popstar has died over the weekend at the age of 68, after falling ill on Boxing Day.

He and the Easybeats paved the way for so many other Australians with the pioneering success of their song Friday On My Mind which climbed to number one in Australia, number six in Britain and onto the US top 20, unheard of at the time.

A member of the ARIA Hall of Fame, Wright was one of the shining stars of the 1960s music scene, and for years was known by the name “Little Stevie”.

Their hits were songs we all danced to, including “She’s so fine which reached number 3 in 1965; Wedding Ring, which reached number 7 in 1965; Women [Make you feel alright] which got to number 4 in 1966; “Come and See Her” which reached number 3 in 1966; “I’ll make you happy” which went to number 1 in 1966 and “Sorry” which also went to number one in 1966.

A number of songs were covered prominently by worldwide stars decades on, such as David Bowie who recorded Friday on my mind INXS who covered Good Times.

The Easybeats later disbanded in 1969, after which 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)”.

For many years Wright battled with alcohol and drug addiction, with word he eventually beat the addiction in a hard won fight.


Stevie Wright died in Moruya Hospital on the New South Wales south coast on Sunday night and will be sorely missed.

Vale Little Stevie, you’ve left such an amazing legacy for music, for everyone!  Share your memories today.


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. RIP Stevie so many memories watching and dancing to your music at Miranda …..when I was a teenager ….

  2. So sad another part of my youth gone. RIP Stevie.

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  3. RIP stevie one of the best bands this country has produced……..lets remember him for all the right reasons he was a australian icon and always will be so sad

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