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.

Easybeats Advert Oct1969 Taping
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.

The Easybeats

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.
Click to enlarge.

The special was savaged by the Sydney Morning Herald’s entertainment page Veritas, in a very conservative review 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.