Friday On My Mind held special meaning for its composers, the Easybeats' Harry Vanda and George Young. Along with the rest of the band, they'd spent their formative years in a Sydney migrant hostel, effectively locked up all week until their Friday night “release”. “We'd hang out for the end of the week because of the fun it brought,” Vanda said. He and Young wrote the song while the Easybeats were in England after outgrowing the mid-'60s Australian pop scene. They weren't working at the time, apart from striving for that elusive breakthrough – and Friday On My Mind would be it, a truly international hit written by a Dutchman (Vanda) and a Scot (Young), sung by an Englishman ( Stevie Wright), recorded in London and produced by an American (Shel Talmy), since hailed as the greatest Australian pop song of all time.
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