In the mid and late 1960s, the Easybeats were to Australia what the Beatles were to the United States and Europe. But success eluded them in the U.S., where they notched only one hit, the 1966 single “Friday on My Mind.”
All five founding members had ties to the U.K. and the Netherlands. They met in a migrant camp outside Sydney, signed with EMI , and became the most popular band in Australia, producing a dozen Top 40 singles between 1965 and 1967. The Easybeats spent those years in Great Britain, recording at the Abbey Road studios with producer Shel Talmy.
By the time the band split up in 1969, founding members Harry Vanda and George Young had become an established songwriting team. They wrote “Love Is in the Air” and “Yesterday’s Hero”, which was a hit for Bay City Rollers, and produced the first six albums for AC/DC, which featured George’s younger brothers Angus and Malcolm Young.
Vanda & Young helped write Meat Loaf’s “Runnin’ for the Red Light,” which was released in 1995 as the third single from the album Welcome to the Neighborhood. While the single failed to meet expectations, the parent album itself did well, hitting #17 on the Billboard 200.
Young produced AC/DC’s 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip. Vanda left his long time partnership with Albert Productions in 2005 and started Flashpoint Music as a private recording studio.
“Friday on My Mind,” performed live, 1966