The man widely regarded as Australia’s first international pop star, Stevie Wright, has died at the age of 68.
Wright is said to have fallen ill on Boxing Day and was taken to Moruya Hospital on the NSW south coast where he died on Sunday night.
Wright, who was also known as Little Stevie, was the lead singer of The Easybeats, regarded as the greatest Australian pop band of the 1960s.
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Their song Friday On My Mind was a number-one hit in Australia, number six in Britain and made the top 20 in the US and was later covered by David Bowie.
Following The Easybeats break-up in 1969, Wright launched a solo career which included his major hit ‘Evie’.
His battles with drug and alcohol addiction across two decades are widely known.
In 2005 he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame for his success with The Easybeats.
He last performed at the Legends of Rock Festival at Byron Bay in 2009.