Stevie Wright, UK-born, was an Australian musician and songwriter who has been called Australia's first international pop star. From 1965-1969 he was the lead singer for The Easybeats.
Popularly and affectionately known as "Little Stevie" he co-wrote many of their early hits (including "Sorry" and "I'll Make You Happy"), and was vocalist on "Friday on My Mind". The track reached Top 20 in UK and USA as well as numerous European countries during 1967 and in 2001 was voted the Best Australian Song of All Time. Stevie was also renowned for his energetic stage performance which included acrobatic back-flips and mod dance moves.
Returning to Sydney after The Easybeats breakup Stevie won national acclaim for his performance as Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar. He achieved solo success when his old Easybeats band-mates Harry Vanda and George Young wrote and produced the single "Evie (Let Your Hair Hang Down Evie, I’m Losing You)". It became a hit (the only 11-minute song to chart at #1 anywhere in the world) and is now regarded as an Australian rock classic. Two Vanda and Young produced LPs followed: Hard Road and Black-eyed Bruiser.
In later years Stevie suffered the debilitating effects of earlier drug and alcohol problems which were further exacerbated by his self-admission to the notorious Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney. A highly controversial treatment known as "deep sleep therapy" left many patients, including Stevie, with lifelong after-effects. Stevie was pulled back from the brink by his wife Faye and by 2002 was well enough to perform as part of the all-star "Long Way To The Top" national concert tour. His biography, Hard Road, was published in 2004.