STEVIE Wright, who fronted rock outfit The Easybeats in the 1960s and is widely regarded as Australia's first international pop star, has died at the age of 68.
The ARIA hall of famer became ill on Boxing Day and was taken to Moruya Hospital on the New South Wales south coast, where he died on Sunday night.
Wright was born in Leeds, England in 1947, and migrated to Australia at the age of nine.
In Sydney he met his fellow bandmates Harry Vanda, Dick Diamonde, George Young and Gordon Fleet.
The band's hit Friday On My Mind was a huge success, reaching number one in Australia, number six in Britain and making it into the top 20 in the US.
The song was later covered by David Bowie on his Pin-Ups album.
They recorded several more hits including Sorry, She's So Fine, Wedding Ring, and Good Times, which was covered in the late-1990s by INXS and Jimmy Barnes.
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