Television Appearances (1968 -1969)

1968

Date: Unknown – filmed 15th June, 1968 at the Bratislava Song Festival.
Program: Unknown.
Station: Unknown, Czeckoslovak TV.
Survival Status: Clips.

A Report From the Festival

“The Easybeats got a fine reception and opened with “Friday On My Mind” but some spoil sport had their amplification down at the mains switch. For the first number we got a virtual drum solo from Tony and a belting vocal from Stevie. This was remedied by the group who realised they were being done and turned up their amps for “Good Times.” With all the guitars a-go-go it was a first rate sound. The excellent Czechoslovakian orchestra was brought in to augment the group under the direction of Norrie Paramor and we got first class renditions of “What In The World,” “Hello How Are You” and “Sha La La” which Stevie managed to turn into a singalong. To their credit they seemed to please not only the young but also the adults who kept their places for once.” – New Musical Express,  22nd June, 1968.

Date: 27th August
Program:
Time For Blackburn.
Station: 
ITV, London, UK.
Survival Status: 
Unknown.
Host: Tony Blackburn.

Date:  11th August 
Program: Unknown (Broadcast of the 2nd Yugoslav International Song Festival [1968 Spilt Festival].
Station: Unknown, Yugoslavia (Croatia).
Survival Status: Unknown.

Date: 12th October
Program: Beat Club.
Station: ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Hello, How Are You”.

Date: 16th November
Program: Beat Club.
Station: ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Good Times”.

1969

Date: Unknown – filmed mid 1969.
Program: Was ist Beat? – Keine Musiksendung!
Station: ARD, Germany.
Survival Status: Survived.

The Easybeats featured in a segment (7:50 mins to 13:00 mins) on the German TV music program Was ist Beat? (What Is Beat?).  The clip was filmed during one of their shows on their final European Tour.

Date: September 1969.
Program: GTK.
Station: ABC-TV, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Survived.

Interview with the group during their Australian Tour at Caser’s Place Nightclub, Sydney.

Date: Unknown – filmed 26th October, 1969. 
Program: Unknown.
Station: CBN-8, Orange, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown – Presumed wiped.

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A colour photograph from The Easybeats appearance at CBN-8 studios. 26th October 1969. Photograph taken by Newsreader Stephen Fleay (special thanks).

Date: 2nd November
Program: The Easybeats Special.
Station: ATN-7, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown.

See the Television Specials page for more details.

Television Appearances (1967)

1967

Date: 5th January 1967
Program: Top Of The Pops (Season 4: Episode 1)
Station: BBCTV, London, UK.
Survival Status: Unknown/Believed wiped.

Repeat Performance. Presenter: Pete Murray

Date: 10th February 
Program: Beat! Beat! Beat!
Station: Hessischer Rundfunk Network (Channel Three), West Germany.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “River Deep, Mountain High”, “Made My Bed, Gonna Lie In It”, “Lovin’ Machine/Batman/Lovin’ Machine (reprise)”, “Friday On My Mind”.

Also appearing on the show: The Hollies, Carol Friday, Paul Jones, The Thoughts.

Date: 5th March
ProgramTilt Magazine
Station: Unknown, France

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Date: 10th/11th March 
Program: Unknown
Station: Unknown, France.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind”.

Date: 15th March 
Program: Twien
Station: Unknown, Holland.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind”.

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Date: 18th May 
Program: The Don Lane Show.
Station: TCN9, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown.

Date: July 
Program: Dim Dam Dom.
Station: ORTF, Paris, France.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind” and “Heaven and Hell”.

Date: 5th August 
Program: Upbeat.
Station: WEWS-TV, Clevland, Ohio, USA.
Survival Status: Unknown.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind” and “Heaven and Hell”.

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Also appearing on the show: Janis Ian, Stevie Wonder, Jon & Robin and the In Crowd, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Gene Krupa.

Before the tour, the group video taped two performances for broadcast on the syndicated U.S. music program Upbeat. This would be the group’s only US TV appearance ever.

Introduced by host Don Webster as: “The Pride of Australia, singing their new hit single ‘Heaven’!” – the band lip-synced to the newly censored version of ‘Heaven and Hell’ and the current hit ‘Friday On My Mind’. The members of the group wore their matching black suits, except for Tony who wears a white t-shirt with a handkerchief. Stevie is so animated that the director gives up on close-ups and instead switches to long shots for the remainder of the performance.

Date: August 
Program: Unknown.
Station: Unknown, Philadelphia, USA.
Survival Status: Unknown.

An appearance on an unnamed program was mention by Mike Vaughan in a interview for Trouser Press Magazine in 1976.

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“Garbage television. A guy in Philadelphia who got dressed up in a witch’s outfit. Nothing like “Bandstand” or “Upbeat”…”. – Mike Vaughan.  Trouser Press. 1976.

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Since the band left the U.S.A before Halloween – the show Vaughan may be referring to is Disc-O-Teen which was hosted by “The Cool Ghoul” John Zacherle.  The show was broadcast on WNJU-TV out of the Channel 47 Studios
Newark, New Jersey.

Notice: The Cool Ghoul gives away a copy of the Friday On My Mind LP at 2:30.

Date4th September 1967
ProgramTilt Magazine
Station: Unknown, France

Date: 24th September 1967
Program: Music-hall de France
Station: ORTF, France
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind” and “Pretty Girl”.

Available on DVD through Ina Botique

http://boutique.ina.fr/video/CPF86613114/music-hall-de-france-a-provins.fr.html

Television Appearances (1966)

1966

Date: 13rd February
Program: Ten At Ten
Station: TEN-10, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: March or April
Program: Club Seventeen
Station: TVW-7, Perth, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: 3rd March
Program: It’s All Happening
Station: ATN-7, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: 9th March
Program: Saturday Date
Station: TCN-9, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “She’s So Fine”

The footage of this mimed performance has been used by Albert Productions as a promo video for “She’s So Fine”.

Released officially in Australia on the DVD set Bandstand Presents: The Easybeats Live In Australia.

Date: 14th March
Program: Go!! Show Special – The First Australian Nation Record Awards. Melbourne, Myer Music Bowl
Station: ATV-0, Melbourne, Australia.
Survival Status: Program believed to be wiped.  Audio survived.

A live broadcast of the awards show.  All that survives from this show is the audio from the broadcast.  ‘She’s So Fine (live)’ recorded this date and released on Alberts Archives, Easy (as a bonus track) and Good Times: Celebrating 50 Years of Albert Productions.

Date: May
Program: Dance Party
Station: TVT6, Hobart, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: 22nd May
Program: It’s All Happening
Station: ATN-7, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: 19th June
Program: Bandstand
Station: TCN9, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Survived.  Released officially in Australia on the DVD set The Best of Bandstand Volume 3: 1965- 1965 and Bandstand Presents: The Easybeats Live In Australia. 

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The opening titles to Brian Henderson's Bandstand.  19th June, 1966.
The opening titles to Brian Henderson’s Bandstand. 19th June, 1966.

Date: 20th June
Program: Go!! Show
Station: ATV-0, Melbourne, Australia.
Survival Status: Believed to be wiped.

Date: 26th June
Program:
Kommotion Weekend Special
Station: ATV-0, Melbourne, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: Sunday 3rd July
Program: Action
Station: SAS-10 (Seven Network), Adelaide, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Hosted by “Big” Bob Francis.

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A screenshot from The Easybeats appearance on ACTION.

Date: 8th October
Program:
The Easybeats (also known unofficially as The Coca-Cola special)
Station: ATN7, Syndey, Australia.
Survival Status: Survived.  Currently unreleased officially.  The mimed performance of “Sorry” is used by Albert Productions as a promo video.
Songs performed: “Wedding Ring”, “I’ll Make You Happy”, “I Can See”, “We’re Doing Fine” (performed by Janice Slater), “Sorry”, “Easy As Can Be”, “Someday, Somewhere”, “In My Book”, “Raining In My Heart (performed by Tony Worsley), “Knocking On Wood” (performed by Tony Worsley), “Come And See Her”, “Come And See Her” (Coke Jingle Version), “Women”, “Too Much”, “If You Don’t Think” (performed by Janice Slater),  “Coke Jingle (Make Life Swing)”, “For My Woman”, “A Very Special Man”, “She’s So Fine”.

See the Television Specials page for more details.

Date: October
Program: Scene At 6.30
Station: Granada TV, Granada Television Centre’s Studio Four, Manchester, UK.
Survival Status: Unknown.

Date: November
Program: Ready, Steady, Go!
Station: ITV, Studio 5, Wembley, UK.
Survival Status: Unknown.

Date: 24th November 1966  (Season 3: Episode 45)
Program: Top Of The Pops
Station: BBCTV, London, UK.
Survival Status: Unknown/Believed wiped.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind”.

1st Appearance. Presenter: Simon Dee

Date: 8th December 1966 (Season 3: Episode 47)
Program: Top Of The Pops 
Station: BBCTV, London, UK.
Survival Status: Unknown/Believed wiped.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind”.

2nd Appearance. Presenter: Pete Murray

Date: 31st December
Program: Beat Club
Station: ARD, West Germany.
Survival Status: Survived.
Songs performed: “Friday On My Mind” and “Lovin’ Machine”.

Recorded: December 1966 in Marquee Club, London.

Television Appearances (1963 -1965)

Very few of The Easybeats television appearances have been released to the public (or survived).  Most footage that is circulating comes from their European TV performances.

1963

Month Unknown: Desmond Tester’s Channel 9 Pins. – TCN9, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

Stevie performed ‘Dream Lover’.  The first known Australian television appearance of a Easybeats member.

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Desmond Tester.  Host of Channel 9 Pins.

1965

Date: March or April
Program: Sing, Sing, Sing
Station: ATN-7, Sydney, Australia.
Survival Status: Unknown

The bands first know television appearance.  Photos of the group preforming on set were later used as the cover to their debut album Easy and on the She’s So Fine E.P.

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The cover art to the LP Easy (1965)

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Date: 19th April
Program: Go!! Show 
Station: ATV-0, Melbourne, Australia.
Survival Status: Believed to be wiped.

Date: May 1965
Program:
Sing, Sing, Sing – ATN-7, Sydney
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: 5th July
Program: Go!! Show – ATV-0, Melbourne, Australia.
Survival Status: Believed to be wiped.

Date: 1st November
Program: Go!! Show
Station: ATV-0, Melbourne, Australia.
Survival Status: Believed to be wiped.

Date: 28th December
Program: On The Town
Station: TEN-10 – Sydney, Australia. Also broadcast on CTC-7 in Canberra.
Survival Status: Unknown

Date: 11th January
Program: On The Town
Station: TEN-10 – Sydney, Australia. Also broadcast on CTC-7 in Canberra.
Survival Status: Unknown

Demo Recordings 1964 – 1966

“The Lonley Surfer”

In the early days of The Easybeats – it was just Stevie Wright, Harry Vanda, Dick Diamonde and John Gamage.  During this time, the band would mostly play songs from The Starfighters (Harry Vanda’s former group back home in Holland) play-list with some covers by The Shadows and The Hollies thrown in.  After saving up enough money, they managed to record an original song that Stevie had written.  In a small recording studio in Pitt Street, Sydney, they cut an acetate recording of “The Lonley Surfer”.  According to the Stevie Wright biography Hard Road, the lyrics went:

“When I walk along the sand,
I got no one to hold my hand.
My hair is blonde, my skin is brown,
But the girls wont have me around.”

It is unknown how many discs were made of this recording or if it still survives today.  Nothing has ever surfaced either officially or unofficially.

The 2UW Demos

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Signing with J. Albert & Sons. January 1965. (Top Left to Right) Dick Diamonde, George Young, Harry Vanda, Stevie Wright, Snowy Fleet. (Bottom Left to Right) Mike Vaughn, Ted Albert.

Cashing in on the booming teenage music market, Ted Albert (the 27 year old who joined the family owned music publishing company J. Albert & Son in the mid-1950’s), formed Albert Productions as the company’s artist and repertoire department in 1964. Manager of The Easybeats, Mike Vaughn was a mutual friend of Ted’s. Eager to show his band to Albert, he convinced him to let the group audition for his new company. Seeing the potential in the young band, it was just a few days later that they were signed to Albert Productions.

At the time, Albert Productions lacked any professional recording facilities. However, J. Albert & Son owned and operated the Sydney radio station 2UW. This included; the old radio theatre in George Street, Sydney which was no longer used for broadcast but for used for auditions, rehearsals and demo recordings.

The 2UW Theatre while it was still operating. Date: Unknown

Before The Easybeats began work on their first single, Ted had the band run through the current repertoire of material. This was in the hope that an original song would be the first single (to which J. Albert & Son Publishing would have the rights). A make shift recording studio was set up in the 2UW theatre space with the control room being the old ticket booth. According to music historian Glenn A. Baker, The Easybeats recorded approximately 40 songs for these demos. Of these demos – only five of these songs have been released to the public on the Raven Records E.P. Mean Old Lovin’, while others have appeared on the bootleg album Steady On. It has also been said that their first single “For My Woman” was recorded during these sessions at the 2UW Theatre. However the rough quality of the demos recordings on the E.P. and Steady On are at odds with the much superior audio quality of “For My Woman” and its B-Side “Say That You’re Mine”.

Songwriting Demos

During the band’s Australian Years, Stevie Wright and George Young would continually write new material for both themselves and other Australian artists. These would commonly be written and recorded either at the Young family home’s living room piano or during rehearsals at 2UW theatre with the band.

But in one case; a song written for singer Johnny Young, “Step Back”, was written and demoed in the band’s hotel room.  This came about after an appearance The Easybeats made on  TVW-7 Perth’s teen music show ‘Club Seventeen’, which was hosted by Johnny Young.  Johnny plucked up the courage to ask George if he could have a song written for him. Young told Johnny that he’d been working on a song but the lyrics were still incomplete. He told Johnny to come around the hotel room the next day when he might have something for him.

Martin Clarke, head of Clarion Records: “Johnny came down to the studio in a mad rush, a million miles an hour saying “The Easybeats are here and they are going to write a song for us!”. They were staying in the hotel at the other end of Hay Street. So I gave him a tape machine to record the song in their hotel room”.

An over-enthusiastic Johnny knocked on the hotel room door at 7am the next morning. The door opened to reveal half a dozen naked girls. Clearly no further work on the song had occurred on the song, but a drowsy Stevie went off to his favourite room for writing lyrics. A short time later he came out of the toilet with verses to ‘Step Back’ written on a notepad, after which he went back to bed.

That original demo recorded in the hotel room with George, Stevie, Harry and Johnny survived and was released in 2003 on the UK compilation The Clarion Call.

The  song was released officially in 1966 d as a double A-side with ‘Cara-lyn’ and went to #1 in Sydney and Adelaide.

Another demo for a song Johnny Young written by Wright, Young and Harry Vanda was “Good Evening Girl”.  The has yet to surface either officially or unofficially.  However Johnny Young’s version was released as a B-Side to his single “Lady” in 1967.

Demo Recordings Officially Released

Released on the Mean Old Lovin’ EP
  • Mean Old Lovin’
  • I’m Happy
  • Hey Babe
  • I Don’t Agree
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Released on the The Clarion Call compilation
  • Step Back (with Johnny Young)

Demo Recordings Released on Unofficial Bootlegs

  • Steady On
  • Mama
  • I Know Something (That You Don’t Know)
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
  • Every Night (also known as “Nothing Happens”)
  • Woe Is Me
  • I Believe In You
  • I Can Still See The Sun

Demo Recordings logged in the Albert Productions vaults, but still unreleased in any format

These titles were published by Glenn A. Baker in BOMP Magazine, 1978.

  • Away With The Wind
  • Lindy
  • You Talk To Much
  • What Do You Want, Babe (demo)
  • Shout Your House Down (often listed as “Shut Your House Down”)
  • Anytime
  • Her
  • Not In Here With You
  • Crowded City
  • Need a Little Bit of Lovin’
  • Insight
  • Good Evening Girl
  • Skinny Minnie
  • Hold Me
  • Oh No No No
  • Going Out of My Mind (demo)
  • Yes, You Did
  • Nothing In Particular
  • Farewell
  • Paradise
  • So Many Things
  • Memories
  • Everything You Got Babe (the demo for “You Got It Off Me”)
  • Some Other Guy’s Gonna See My Baby

Easybeats Manager Mike Vaughan Passes Away at Age 78.

Some sad news.  The Easybeats Manager Mike Vaughan, passed away yesterday (8th September 2015), in Yonkers, New York, from a massive stroke.Mike2

Vaughan, a young real estate agent from Sydney, first spotted The Easybeats at the famous Beatle Village nightclub (one of Sydney’s first discotheques).  Even during their early days, he saw the potential in the group and was instrumental in getting them their recording contract with Albert Productions in 1965.  That year, the band’s popularity exploded in Australia when the single “She’s So Fine” was released.  The press, comparing the mania to the Beatles popularity, called it “Easyfever”.

In 1966, he traveled to the U.S. to secure The Easybeats a U.S. recording deal.  After meeting with nearly every label in the business, he eventually succeed by landing a deal with United Artists Records.  This led to Mike and the group moving to England where The Easybeats would record their international hit song “Friday On My Mind”.   He continued to book shows and even co-producing for the group as they toured the U.S., Europe and Australia between 1966 and 1969.

Mike in 1966. Being interviewed on the Coca-Cola Special.
Mike Vaughan in 1966. Being interviewed on the Coca-Cola Special.

In 1969, he married the former Jaine Anne Higson and, after the group broke -up in November of that year, relocated to New York City.  Shortly after his move to New York, he would own and operate two restaurants.  In recent years; he would found a successful company that sells satellite TV systems to bars and restaurants for televising sporting events.

Mike had two children, Lainie and her brother Chad.  Jaine Vaughan passed away from cancer last year.  He will be missed.

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Mike (centre right) in the control room at EMI Studios in Sydney. During an Easybeats recording session.

The Easybeats Special (1969)

The Easybeats Special (1969)

Broadcast Date: 2nd November 1969 at 6.30pm EST.
Show Taping: 21st October, 1969 at ATN-7’s Epping Studios.
Station: ATN-7, Sydney, Australia.
Songs Performed: Set-list unknown however one article confirms that “Hound Dog” was performed by The Easybeats.
Survival Status: Unknown.

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An advert printed in a October 1969 issue of the Sydney TV Week.

To promote the current Australian tour, The Easybeats recorded their second special for ATN-7.  According to TV Week, taping for the show took place at ATN-7’s Epping Studios, after the group had returned from the Queensland leg of the tour.  The taping session with the group took place in front of a studio audience.  It began at 6.30pm and was scheduled to finish that evening at 9.30pm.

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The special was broadcast on Sunday night at 6.30pm (the Australian prime time slot then).  Hosted by the “King of Aussie Rock ‘n’ Roll” Johnny O’ Keefe, the special included appearances from The Flying Circus, Johnny Farnham, The Valentines, The Dave Miller Set, Mike Furber, The Children of Tomorrow and “Little” Pattie.

A news paper shot from the special.
Stevie Wright.  Photo taken from the special.
A damning review about the long-hair's in Veritas. Published in the Sydney Morning Herald. 9th Nov, 1969. Click to enlarge.
A damning review about the long-hair’s in Veritas. Published in the Sydney Morning Herald. 9th Nov, 1969.
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The special was savaged by a conservative reviewer in the Sydney Morning Herald’s entertainment page Veritas.  The review was titled “Scruffiest Mob I’ve Seen”:

“Merlie, the make-up girl, must have been away the day Channel 7 recorded its Easybeats special.  Otherwise I’m certain Little Stevie and his long-haired mob would have appeared before the cameras with their hair trimmed or at least permed.” 

The “reviewer” doesn’t so much critique the special on its own merits, but instead simply objects to having long-haired rockers on their TV at 6.30 on a Sunday.

To date, no footage has surface as of the initial airing of the special. A picture in the Absolute Anthology LP liner notes is said to be a screen shot from the special. The photo has the band are both dressed and on a set very similar to the album cover of the Friends LP.

Special thanks to Stephen Thomas for his research.

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“The Easybeats were the scruffiest mob I’ve ever seen on television…”
The photo from The Easybeats special in 1969. As featured on the front cover of the Absolute Anthology album.
The photo from The Easybeats special in 1969. As featured on the front cover of the Absolute Anthology album.  The original special would have been a black and white broadcast.
Another shot from the same photo session. This was used as the front cover to the Friends album.
Another shot from the same photo session. This was used as the front cover to the Friends album.
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A bio of the group printed in the Sydney TV Week.
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Sydney TV Week listing for November 1969.

The Easybeats [a.k.a The Coca-Cola Special] (1966).

The Easybeats [a.k.a The Coca-Cola Special] (1966).

Broadcast Date: 8th October, 1966 at 6.30pm (ATV-7 Sydney), 19th November 1966 at 5.50pm (ADS-7 Adelaide)
Taping: July 1966 at the ATN-7 Studios in Sydney.
Station: ATN7, Syndey, Australia.
Survival Status: Survived but currently unreleased officially.  The mimed performance of “Sorry” is used by Albert Productions as a promo video as well as footage in the Friday On My Mind:The Story of The Easybeats
documentary.
Songs performed: “Wedding Ring”, “I’ll Make You Happy”, “I Can See”, “We’re Doing Fine” (performed by Janice Slater), “Sorry”, “Easy As Can Be”, “Someday, Somewhere”, “In My Book”, “Raining In My Heart (performed by Tony Worsley), “Knocking On Wood” (performed by Tony Worsley), “Come And See Her”, “Come And See Her” (Coke Jingle Version), “Women”, “Too Much”, “If You Don’t Think” (performed by Janice Slater),  “Coke Jingle (Make Life Swing)”, “For My Woman”, “A Very Special Man”, “She’s So Fine”.

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If you every needed to show somebody the effect Easyfever had on mid 1960’s Australia, then you would only need to show them their Australian “farewell” television special. Although completely mimed, the bands energy is absolutely electrifying as the storm through their set list in front of a studio audience of screaming teenagers complete with go-go dancers and pop idol Billy Thorpe to compère.

Special guests of the program included Janice Slater performing her then current release ‘We’re Doin’ Fine’ with it’s flip side ‘If You Don’t Think’ and Tony Worsley with ‘Raining in My Heart’ and ‘Knocking On Wood’ (released that month on Sunshine).

Coca-Cola sponsored the program and the product placement is so blatant, that you would think it was satire. Thorpe holds a coke bottle facing camera while introducing the band. The Easybeats perform two “Coke Jingles” (the second with some awkwardly scripted opening banter from Stevie). It really shows the a unique period in rock history; there were no cries from fans of “selling out” it’s just what artists did.

The closing credits show us the hysteria of the band boarding their QANTAS jet to the mother land. Next stop – London and Abbey Road Studios.

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Promotion for the special in TV Week, South Australia (Nov 19, 1966).

Currently, the special is still unreleased in its entirety.  The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia does have a 16mm kinescope of the program in its archive.  This print has been used in various documentaries on the group and the performance of “Sorry” was used be Albert Productions as a promotional video.

Easy Come, Easy Go (completed 1967 but re-edited and released in 2012)

Easy Come Easy Go

Broadcast Date: NOT BROADCAST
Filmed: 1967, various locations in the U.K. and Australia (1966).
Station: ABC2, Australia.
Survival Status: the complete original 16mm colour negative is believed to be destroyed.  A 16mm Black and White copy partly survived.  Two sequences were damaged during film processing.  Some of the work print was rediscovered in 2009.  This would be re-edited into a new 33 minute cut of the film.
Songs performed: “Maybe It’s Because I’m an Easybeat”, “Heaven and Hell” (rehearsal, recording and finished song), “Wedding Ring”, “Loch Lomond”, “Who’ll Be The One”, “Saturday Night”, “Friday On My Mind”.
Availability: Released on DVD in Australia – 2nd September 2015.

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George Young during the “Heaven and Hell” sessions. Captured on the film Easy Come, Easy Go.

With The Easybeats abroad, Australia’s national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commissioned a television documentary on the group which would be screened later that year. Young film-maker Peter Clifton was given the task of documenting the groups efforts in the mother country. The main focus of the film would be the writing and recording of the group’s next single – the mini-epic: ‘Heaven and Hell’. The footage captured is a fascinating look into the behind the scenes of the group in the recording studio mixed with various fantasy sequences and interviews married with Stevie Wright’s narration.

Sadly the finished project was not to be and the film would be burdened with problems after it’s initial completion. The ABC took issue with the films original title: Between Heaven and Hell, so Clifton re-titled it after one of his favourite poems by Brian Patten; Somewhere Between Heaven and Woolworths. This didn’t fare with the ABC either as they felt that title was too close to the Woolworths company and in breach of their anti-advertisement policy. In the end, the ABC suggested the film be re-titled Easy Come Easy Go (in despite of an Elvis Presley film of the same title was released the same year). Clifton agreed with the change and sent the negatives back to Australia to be processed as Black and White print for Australian television. But fate would have its way – and a error in the lab would destroy two entire sequences of the 1 hour documentary, dramatically reducing its running time. The ABC were not impressed, nor at this stage enthused to screen a shorter feature so in the end they cancelled the entire project.

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The band performing “Saturday Night” in Easy Come, Easy Go.

What remained of that black and white print, went missing very soon after.  In 1969 Clifton would re-edit the colour footage of the band performing “Friday On Mind” with other scenes from the film, into a concert film In The Summertime…The Beat Goes On.  This film road-showed across Australia until 1970.    An unnamed Alberts employee has claimed that Easy Come, Easy Go was screened in the outer Sydney suburb of Wallacia in 1970, however it is more likely that it was the sequence from In The Summertime…The Beat Goes On.  According to Clifton, his partner and producer Peter Ryan “threw out all the film components while I was in London and have never been found.”.  Sequences from In The Summertime…The Beat Goes On were later reused in Clifton concert film Popcorn.  The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, where the 16mm print of the original 1967 version of Easy Come, Easy Go is kept, lists a 16mm colour film reel that goes for 3 minutes.  At this stage, the content of that reel is unknown.

An article about In The Summertime... The Beat Goes On (1969). This early concert film by Peter Clifton feature the colour footage from Easy Come, Easy Go. Go-Set magazine. January 15, 1969.
An article about In The Summertime… The Beat Goes On (1969). This early concert film by Peter Clifton feature the colour footage from Easy Come, Easy Go.
Go-Set magazine. January 15, 1969. Click image to enlarge.

 

For years the film was lost until, it was found by an act of chance.  In September 2009, cult-movie distributors Oddball Film+Video held a screening of rare rock films in San Francisco titled:Friday on My Mind: Beat Group and British Invasion on Film. Part of the program was a 16mm print of the lost documentary. As luck would have it – around the same time author John Tait was researching his book on the Vanda and Young songwriting team (which would be released in 2010 as Vanda & Young: Inside Australia’s Hit Factory). Tait’s research partner, Mike Griffiths, discovered the festival by coincidence, when researching information on Easybeats cover songs for Tait’s book.   Oddball Film+Video’s festival came up in one of his Google searches.  Knowing how valuable the film was, Griffiths contacted Peter Clifton and Oddball about retrieving the lost film. How the film made it to the U.S. is still remains a mystery. The 16mm print was returned to Clifton back in Australia for a restoration by the National Film and Sound Archive. The completed film (with the title Easy Come, Easy Go) was finally screened at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012.

The film has made two other appearances since it’s 2012 screening. One at the St. Kilda Film Festival and the other with a performance of the bio-play Stevie: The Life and Music of Stevie Wright & The Easybeats.  It was eventually released on DVD on 2nd September 2015 through Australian DVD label, Umbrella Entertainment (region free as well!).

The DVD release.
The 2015 DVD release.

Cover art for Easy Come, Easy Go released with Rollings Stones in Oz 1966 as a bonus feature.

9344256012525 This cover image is now doing the rounds of Australian DVD retailers.  From the look of it, they’ll be additional content about The Rolling Stones’ Australian tour of 1966.  Most likely, this will feature the Bandstand footage of the group from Feburary 1966.

The Bandstand performance.

Newsreel footage from that tour.

UPDATE: since this post, further press releases have been issued.  The Rolling Stones feature is What’s On The Flip Side a documentary feature by Chris McCullough covering the band’s 1966 tour of Australia.