1967 Easybeats – Friday On My Mind
Five European families that immigrated to Australia in the mid-sixties were housed in the Villawood Migrant Hostel. Five teenagers from those families soon formed their own band, calling themselves The Easybeats.
The band signed with Albert Productions and began recording for EMI’s Parlophone label. Members of the band wrote almost all of their music.
Their first single reached #33 on the Australian charts in 1965 and seven of the band’s next eight singles all reached the top ten. When Sorry topped the charts, the band moved to London and began recording there.
Members Harry Vanda and George Young wrote Friday On My Mind. The song became the band’s second chart-topping single in Australia. The single also reached the top ten in the UK and #16 on the Hot 100 in the US.
Although the band had another half-dozen top forty singles in Australia, they only reached the US chart with one other record: St. Louis reached #21 in Australia and spent a single week at #100 on the Hot 100 in 1969.
The Easybeats could not score another hit after that, and financial difficulties and poor audience receptions led to the end of the band by 1969.
Harry and George returned to Australia and continued to work together as songwriters and producers. Two of George’s younger brothers became members of AC/DC, and Harry and George produced six albums for that band. They also wrote and produced Love Is In The Air for John Paul Young.
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