RIP legendary The Easybeats singer Stevie Wright
Iconic Australian singer Stevie Wright has reportedly died.
Noise 11 reports that Wright passed away yesterday evening at Moruya hospital in NSW after taking ill on Saturday. He had just turned 68.
Wright was the lead singer of The Easybeats, one of Australia’s greatest ever rock acts and the first to score an international hit in 1966 with ‘Friday On My Mind’.
They recorded several more hits including ‘Sorry’, ‘She’s So Fine’, ‘Wedding Ring’, and ‘Good Times’, which was covered in the late-1990s by INXS and Jimmy Barnes.
Following The Easybeats’ disbanding in the late-1960s, Wright embarked on a solo career that yielded the epic 1974 single ‘Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’.
Wright battled alcohol and drug addiction for two decades, but told The Daily Telegraph he had been sober for the past 25 years in an interview in 2013. Wright and his Easybeats bandmates were inducted into the 2005 ARIA Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Split Enz, Hunters & Collectors and Renee Geyer.
His last known public appearance was at the Legends Of Rock Festival in Byron Bay on January 31 2009. None other than Bruce Springsteen covered The Easybeats’ ‘Friday On My Mind’ on his most recent Australian tour in February 2014.