"The Easybeats" were a rock and roll band in the 1960s from Australia. They formed in Sydney in late 1964 and split at the end of 1969. They are widely regarded as the greatest Australian pop band of the Sixties and were the first Australian rock act to score an international pop hit with their classic 1966 single "Friday on My Mind" (Note: the folk-pop group The Seekers had international hits in 1965)
Their manager was former Sydney real estate agent, Mike Vaughan.
The band's lineup exemplifies the influence of postwar migration on Australian society. All five members were from families who had migrated to Australia from Europe. Lead singer Stevie Wright was from London, rhythm guitarist George Young was from Glasgow, lead guitarist Harry Vanda and bassist Dick Diamonde were from The Netherlands, and drummer Gordon "Snowy" Henry Fleet was from Bootle, Liverpool, England.
Beginning their career in Sydney in late 1964, the boys were inspired by the "British Invasion" spearheaded by The Beatles. They quickly rose to become one of the most popular groups in the city. They were signed to a production contract with Albert Productions, one of Australia's first indepe...