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.
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.
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.
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.