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The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UP FRONT - FRI­DAY ON MY MIND THE EASY­BEATS, 1966

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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