|Born||(1975-11-15) 15 November 1975
Hackney, London, England
|Residence||South West London, England|
|Occupation||TV presenter, Radio presenter and writer|
A Place in the Sun: Home or Away?
|Spouse(s)||Jon Boast (m. 2009)|
|Children||Joy (b. October 2013)
Albion (b. December 2015)
|Parent(s)||Vasoulla Savvidou, Pete Harman|
Jasmine Isabelle Harman (born 15 November 1975) is a British television presenter, best known for co-presenting the Channel 4 series A Place in the Sun: Home or Away? since 2004, alongside Jonnie Irwin.
Harman had a career in the health and fitness industry and later moved into television. She is a qualified fitness instructor and lived in the Algarve for several years, working as marketing manager for a health resort. It was here that she began writing professionally and hosted her own twice-weekly live magazine show on the Algarve radio station, Kiss FM, where she worked with DJ Sir Owen Gee.
In 2004, Harman was selected from hundreds of applicants to present Channel 4‘s show A Place in the Sun – Home or Away, alongside Jonnie Irwin and has filmed over 200 episodes worldwide, and has recorded more episodes than any other presenter.
The programme is also broadcast daily on More4, Discovery Real Time and Discovery Travel & Living, as well as channels in Europe and beyond, including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. She has also featured in property, travel, health and lifestyle programmes for This Morning, GMTV and the Travel Channel.
On 16 August 2011 a BBC1 documentary, My Hoarder Mum and Me featuring her mother Vasoulla’s hoarding was broadcast, featuring Jasmine and her siblings trying to help. On 8 May 2012, the documentary was extended to include other hoarders as Britain’s Biggest Hoarders.
She was a presenter on the programme The Truth About Your Teeth which was broadcast on BBC One in June 2015.
Harman is a writer and commentator on topics such as overseas property, travel and homes, and has written for Company, Living Abroad, and My Travel magazines. She is the resident travel columnist at Look magazine, and a contributor to A Place in the Sun magazine.
She appears at A Place in the Sun Live giving presentations on her top tips for buying property abroad. Harman is also a regular on BBC Radio Kent where she joins PJ and Harris for the Sunday Supplement.
Harman is the eldest of seven children, with two half siblings on her father’s side, and one half sibling on her mother’s. She has Greek-Cypriot ancestry and many of her relatives reside in Cyprus, although her closer family live in England. Her hobbies include boxercise, salsa and savate. She has been a vegetarian since about the age of six, and a vegan since 2014.
In 2009 she married the television cameraman Jon Boast, and they live in London. In October 2013 she gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Joy Harman Boast, and in December 2015 she gave birth to her second child, a son, Albion.
Harman has supported a number of charity projects, including becoming a celebrity waiter in aid of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, trading billions of pounds on the stock market to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, and in March 2010 dog sledding in the Arctic in −31 °C for the Dogs Trust. In April 2010 Harman was one of a number of celebrities who participated in a nude photo shoot in aid of Cancer Research UK. Harman is a supporter of the children’s charity Dreamflight.org, which organises holidays to Orlando for ill and terminally ill children. She went on the trip in October 2010 and 2011.
George Young (rock musician)
|Birth name||George Redburn Young|
|Born||(1946-11-06)6 November 1946
|Died||23 October 2017(2017-10-23) (aged 70)|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, piano|
|Years active||1964–92 (as musician)|
|Associated acts||The Easybeats, Marcus Hook Roll Band, AC/DC, Flash and the Pan|
George Redburn Young (6 November 1946 – 23 October 2017) was an Australian musician, songwriter and record producer. Born in Scotland, he moved to Australia with his family as a teenager, and became a naturalised citizen. He was a member of the 1960s Australian rock band the Easybeats, and with band mate, Harry Vanda, he was a co-writer of the international hits “Friday on My Mind” and “Love Is in the Air“, the latter recorded by John Paul Young (no relation). Young and Vanda were also the producers of some work by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, formed by his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Vanda & Young were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Easybeats in 2005. Young died on 23 October 2017, aged 70.
George Young was born in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland. His father was William Young, and his mother Margaret (her maiden name was also Young); his parents and two younger brothers, Malcolm and Angus, emigrated to Australia in May 1963. His eldest brother Stephen, who remained in Scotland, was the father of Stevie Young, who joined AC/DC in 2014. Another elder brother, Alex, also remained in Scotland, was later a member of the group Grapefruit.
Starting his career in Sydney, and attending Sefton High School as his secondary school, George Young first achieved international success in the 1960s as the rhythm guitarist in the band The Easybeats; Young co-wrote nearly all of their songs, first with singer Stevie Wright, then later with lead guitarist Harry Vanda. In 2007, Australian Musician magazine selected the meeting of Vanda and Young at the Villawood migrant hostel in 1964 as the most significant event in Australian pop and rock music history.
After the band dissolved in 1970, Vanda & Young concentrated on writing and producing pop and rock songs for other recording artists, and for themselves under various stage names, most notably Flash and the Pan. One such recording studio-based group was Marcus Hook Roll Band, with his brothers, Malcolm and Angus Young.
His death was announced via AC/DC’s social media accounts, as well as their website.
With Vanda and businessman Ted Albert, he formed Albert Productions in Sydney in 1973. He also helped his younger brothers with their AC/DC band project, that went on to become a massive success internationally. George Young famously declared to his younger brothers “that he didn’t believe a band can ever call itself a band until it’s done at least 200 gigs”. He became famous by co-producing AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, John Paul Young and many other acts. He co-produced AC/DC’s early albums, such as Let There Be Rock, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T., Powerage and High Voltage, and played as AC/DC’s bass guitarist for a short stint, early in their career. He produced AC/DC’s 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip.
In 1988 he was inducted, along with Harry Vanda, into the inaugural class of the ARIA Hall of Fame. After retiring from the music industry in the late 1990s, George Young resided mainly in Portugal with his family.
Selected list of Vanda and Young productions
Selected list of Vanda and Young songs
- “Friday On My Mind” – The Easybeats (1966) Aust #1, US #16, UK #6, also recorded by David Bowie and Gary Moore
- “Good Times” – The Easybeats, INXS with Jimmy Barnes
- “Love Is in the Air” – John Paul Young (1978) Aust #2, US #7, UK #5
- “Walking in the Rain” – Flash and the Pan, Grace Jones
- “Evie – Parts 1, 2 & 3” – Stevie Wright, Pat Travers Band, The Wrights
- “Hey St. Peter” – Flash and the Pan
- “Waiting for a Train” – Flash and the Pan (1983) UK #7
The Easybeats in 1966
|Years active||1964–1969, 1986|
|Labels||EMI, Parlophone, Albert|
|Associated acts||Vanda & Young, Flash and the Pan, AC/DC|
|Past members||Dick Diamonde
Gordon “Snowy” Fleet
The Easybeats were an Australian rock band which formed in Sydney, Australia, in late 1964, and disbanded at the end of 1969. They were the antipodean echo to the style and sound of the Beatles in Britain, and the first rock and roll act from Australia to score an international pop hit with the 1966 single, “Friday on My Mind“.
All five founding members were from families that had migrated to Australia from Europe: lead singer Stevie Wright and drummer Gordon “Snowy” Fleet were from England; rhythm guitarist George Young was from Scotland; lead guitarist Harry Vanda and bassist Dick Diamonde were from the Netherlands.
- 1 History
- 1.1 1964-1965: Formation, Albert Productions and early success
- 1.2 1965-1966: Rise to success and Easyfever
- 1.3 1966-1967: International Success
- 1.4 1967-1969: Decline in popularity and break-up
- 1.5 1969-present: Post break-up
- 2 Popular culture
- 3 Discography
- 4 Members
- 5 TV series
- 6 References
- 7 External links
1964-1965: Formation, Albert Productions and early success
The band formed at the former Villawood Migrant Hostel, later renamed the Villawood Detention Centre. The families of the band members spent their first years in Australia housed at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in the early and mid-sixties.
The Easybeats began their career in late 1964 at the little-known teen hangout, Beatle Village, located in the basement of a pub at Taylor Square on Oxford Street, in Darlinghurst, Sydney. The band was inspired by the “British Invasion” spearheaded by the Beatles. The Easybeats quickly rose to become one of the most popular groups in the city.[who?] Real estate agent turned pop music entrepreneur Mike Vaughan took over as their manager. Through his efforts, they were signed to a contract with Albert Productions, one of Australia’s first independent record production companies. The company was established by Ted Albert whose family owned J. Albert & Sons, a prominent music publishing company. Albert signed the band to a recording contract with EMI‘s Parlophone label. The group recorded a number of songs at the abandoned 2UW Theatre, owned by the parent company of Albert Productions, J. Albert and Son. They chose the bluesy “For My Woman” as their first single. It was picked up by local radio Sydney radio and proved to be a minor hit, reaching #33 on the charts.
1965-1966: Rise to success and Easyfever
“She’s So Fine”, Easy and It’s 2 Easy
Although “For My Woman” gained them some attention, the band felt they needed a more uptempo song to break through commercially. Their next single, “She’s So Fine“, gave them that commercial success, reaching #3 on the Australian charts, and launching them to national stardom. Their concerts and public appearances were regularly marked by intense fan hysteria similar to ‘Beatlemania, soon dubbed by the Australian press as ‘Easyfever’.
The band’s follow-up single, the high-energy “Wedding Ring,” released on 26 August, was also a hit, reaching #7. On 23 September 1965, the group released their first album Easy. It was one of the earliest albums of all original material that was written by an Australia rock group.[who?] Most of the songs were written by the group’s already established songwriters, vocalist Stevie Wright and guitarist George Young.
For the next single, “Sad and Lonely and Blue”, the band returned to the blues based feel of “For My Woman”. However, like “For My Woman”, it failed to make the top 10, only reaching #21. Both “Wedding Ring” and “Sad and Lonely and Blue” were included on the group’s second album, It’s 2 Easy, released 24 March 1966. The lead singles from that album, “Women (Make You Fell Alright)” and “Come and See Her”, put the group back in the top 10, reaching #4 and #3 respectively on the Australian charts. The Wright-Young song-writing team also wrote songs for other artists, including “Step Back”, which became a #1 hit for Johnny Young (no relation) in 1966.
United Artists Records and Volume 3
In early 1966, while the group were still touring Australia, their manager, Mike Vaughan, flew to New York City to attempt to secure an American recording contract for the band. Despite an initial lack of interest, Vaughan was able to convince United Artists Records to sign the band. Just before relocating to London in 1966, they recorded a farewell TV special for the Seven Network, titled The Easybeats, more commonly known as The Coca-Cola Special), one of the few surviving appearances from the band’s career during this period. The group left for the UK on 10 July 1966.
In August 1966, Albert Productions released an E.P. of material recorded before the group left Australia. Titled Easyfever, it reach #1 on the Australian singles charts. Albert Productions then released an entire album of material titled Volume 3 on 3 November 1966. This too was a commercial success and its lead single “Sorry” topped the Australian charts.
1966-1967: International Success
Shel Talmy, Vanda & Young and “Friday On My Mind”
After arriving in London the band recorded a number of songs with Ted Albert at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, but these were deemed unsuitable by United Artists Records and Albert was removed as producer. The band was then teamed with freelance producer Shel Talmy, who had achieved great success with his production for The Who and The Kinks. United Artists also felt that the band’s song writing was too “unsophisticated” for the competitive UK market. The label had already released the Wright/Young composed “Come And See Her” as a single in the UK on 15 July and it had performed commercially poor. With Dutch-born Vanda now having a stronger grasp of English, he replaced Wright as Young’s song writing partner from this point on.
An excerpt from “Friday On My Mind”
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After auditioning several titles for Talmy, it was a “Friday On My Mind” that caught the producer’s ear as their next single. The band recorded the song with Talmy at IBC Studios, London in September. “Friday On My Mind” was released in the UK on 14 October 1966. It reached #6 on the UK Charts making it the group’s first big international hit as it charted in multiple countries: #1 in Australia, #13 in Canada, #16 in the US, and the Top 10 in Germany, the Netherlands, France. The song sold over one million copies worldwide and was awarded a gold disc.
1967-1969: Decline in popularity and break-up
Following up “Friday On My Mind”, Easy Come, Easy Go and the scrapped album
On 17 March 1967, United Artists released the follow-up single to “Friday On My Mind”; “Who’ll Be The One”. The single was a commercial failure and did not make the UK charts (although it was #14 in Australia). The band was against releasing the single to begin with, as they felt it was not a strong enough track to follow “Friday On My Mind”. Later that month, they toured Europe in support of The Rolling Stones.
During this period, the band would be filmed by Australian director Peter Clifton for a proposed documentary for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Filmed under the title Between Heaven and Hell (which was later changed to Easy Come, Easy Go), the documentary was lost for nearly 42 years. It was restored, reedited and shown at film festivals in 2012.
In May, their first album for United Artists was released; Good Friday (re titled Friday On My Mind in the US). That same month, they returned to Australia for a nationwide tour. After the tour, drummer Snowy Fleet decided to quit the band. Fleet was unhappy at the amount of time he had to spend away from his wife and young children. Returning to the UK without a drummer, the group began several recordings with a session drummer, Glaswegian Freddie Smith (who had played with George Young’s older brother Alex Young aka George Alexander of Grapefruit fame in Bobby Patrick & The Big Six).
During this period, the band recorded their next single. “Heaven and Hell” marked a turning point for the group, with its sophisticated song-writing and arrangements. Vanda and Young were influenced by the current psychedelic pop, popular in the UK and US. The single was produced by Glyn Johns, who had worked as an engineer on the Shel Talmy sessions. The band also began work on a new album with Johns, most of which was recorded and prepared for issue but was never released because of the band’s complicated financial and contractual problems.
“Heaven and Hell” was released in June and, like the previous single, it also failed to make a mark on the UK charts. This was due, in part, to the song being banned by the BBC. The single also ran into problems in the US, where a censored version titled “Heaven”, replaced the offensive lyric “Discovering someone else in your bed” with “discovering that her love has gone dead”. In Australia the single did much better; reaching #8.
After extensive auditions in London a replacement drummer was found in Tony Cahill (born 20 December 1941) who formerly played with the Purple Hearts. With Cahill, the band toured the US in August, supporting Gene Pitney. During their US visit, they recorded their next single, “Falling Off The Edge Of The World“, in New York. The single received moderate airplay in the US, but did not chart.
The band returned to London and continued to work in the studio. Their next single, “The Music Goes ‘Round My Head”, was Vanda and Young’s first foray into the emerging UK Rocksteady/Ska scene. In late 1967, Vanda and Young began writing for other artists. Two of their songs, “Bring a Little Lovin'” and “Come In, You’ll Get Pneumonia”, were covered by Los Bravos (and later by Ricky Martin as “Dime Que me Quieres”) and Paul Revere and the Raiders, respectively. Still trying to get back into the UK charts, the band moved to a more pop friendly sound and released the soft rock, ballad “Hello, How Are You” on 8 March 1968. The plan worked and the song reached #20 in the UK charts. However, in retrospect, the band have cited the change in sound as a mistake, stating it alienated its long term fans.
In May, the band finally released their second album for United Artists; Vigil (or Falling off the Edge of the World in the US). The album was a mixture of current singles, new recordings and out-takes from the scrapped 1967 album. Two of those songs recorded for the abandoned LP; “Land of Make Believe” and “Good Times” were released as singles. The baroque pop ballad “Land of Make Believe” was released in the UK on 5 July and in Australia on the 18 July. Failing to chart in the UK, it did reach #18 on the Australian Charts. The B-side to the Australian single was the next UK single; “Good Times”. Released 13 September, “Good Times” again failed to chart in the UK. An often told story about the song; is when the track was broadcast on BBC radio, it was reputedly heard by Paul McCartney on his car radio; McCartney apparently rang the station immediately to request a repeat playing. The song featured Steve Marriott of the Small Faces on backing vocals and Nicky Hopkins on piano. In November, Albert Productions released the UK B-side to “Good Times”, the instrumental track “Lay Me Down and Die”, as a single in Australia. The single was slammed by critics and would only climb as high as #59 on the Australian Charts; their lowest charting single to date.
Through late 1968, the formerly tight-knit band began to drift apart. Drugs were a factor, but the growing independence of the Vanda and Young team as a creative unit was also a major catalyst. By this time the duo were working substantially on their own and between them they could now play almost any instrument needed for recordings and had become skilled in engineering and producing their own recordings. They wrote prolifically, but many of their songs from this period remained unreleased for many years. They were also reluctant to do more than a few gigs per month, and so the band only came together for occasional performances or for ‘demo’ sessions at Central Sound Studios in Denmark Street.
New contract with Polydor and “St. Louis”
In 1969, the band had parted ways with United Artists and their production company Albert Productions to sign with Polydor Records. In April, the group returned to Olympic Studios to record their first single for Polydor. They teamed up with producer Ray Singer, a former member of UK band Nirvana, who had made a name for himself as a producer with Peter Sarstedt‘s “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)“. “St. Louis” was released 27 June 1969, but failed to chart in the UK, but reached #21 on the Go-Set charts in Australia. In July 1969, it was announced that the working relationship between manager Vaughan and the group would come to an end.
To continue their work as songwriters for hire, Vanda and Young took over a flat on Moscow Road in London, which had previously been used as a jingle studio for pirate radio stations. With modifications, it became a 4-track home studio and Vanda and Young began producing demos, working mostly on their own. As with their Central Sound records, Vanda and Young would play most of the instruments on their recordings with the other Easybeats members occasionally contributing. Nine of these demo recordings (with single “St. Louis” and “Can’t Find Love”) would eventually be released by Polydor as an album under The Easybeats name as Friends. This album would be released after their break-up.
The final Australian tour and break-up
In September, the band undertook a short European tour and then reluctantly accepted the offer of a five-week Australian tour. The tour was reported as a last-ditch attempt to bail the group out of its mounting pool of debts.
A number of factors made the Australian tour less than successful. Rather than playing larger venues as they did on the 1967 tour, the band were booked to play mainly smaller clubs and dance halls. Having reverted to ‘no frills’ hard rock, while the Australian pop scene was preoccupied with progressive rock, soul, and bubblegum pop.
The situation was further complicated by Albert Productions’ unwelcome release (against the band’s wishes) several lo-fi demo recordings on The Best of The Easybeats Volume 2. The recordings were songwriter demos sent to Albert Productions in 1967 and 1968 for other artists to record. “Peculiar Hole in the Sky” from that album was released as a single, it was originally recorded by Australian band the Valentines.
In October the band made a valedictory TV appearance in the ATN-7 Easybeats Special (which would be broadcast after the tour on 2 November). After their performance at Caesar’s Place Disco, Sydney on 25 October, a wedding was held for Diamonde and actress Charlene Collins. The following day, The Easybeats travelled to the rural town of Orange, New South Wales. There they made a television appearance at CBN-TV studios and performed a show at the Amoco Centre. However, the show was interrupted by hostile audience members and was cancelled after only 20 minutes. This would be The Easybeats final performance. After the tour, the band would go their separate ways.
1969-present: Post break-up
Vanda and Young
Vanda and Young remained in the UK for three years, working to pay off debts incurred during the Easybeats years (and recording under various names like Paintbox, Band of Hope, Grapefruit, Haffy’s Whisky Sour and Marcus Hook Roll Band). They returned to Australia in 1973 and reunited with Ted Albert and became the house producers for his new Albert Productions record label, writing for and/or producing many chart-topping acts including Stevie Wright, Rose Tattoo, Cheetah, and the Angels.
They wrote and produced several major hits for John Paul Young including “Love Is in the Air” and “Yesterday’s Hero”, which was also a hit for Bay City Rollers, and produced the first six albums for AC/DC (which featured George’s younger brothers Angus Young and Malcolm Young).
Vanda and Young also recorded several Australian hit singles under the pseudonym Flash and the Pan, including “Hey St. Peter” and “Down Among the Dead Men”. They had even more success in Europe with hits such as “Waiting for a Train”, “Midnight Man”, “Early Morning Wake Up Call”, and “Ayla”, from the number 1 albums Early Morning Wake Up Call, Headlines, and Nights in France. Singer-model-actress Grace Jones also recorded a successful cover version of their song “Walking in the Rain”.
Stevie Wright went on to become a cast member of the original Australian stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar (1972–73) and then launched a successful but short-lived solo career with the hit single “Evie” and the album Hard Road in 1974, which reunited him with Vanda and Young, who produced the records and wrote many of the songs, including “Evie”, an ambitious three-part suite split over two sides of a single.
In later years Wright suffered debilitating drug and alcohol problems which were further exacerbated by his self-admission to the notorious Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney. Its director, Dr Harry Bailey, administered a highly controversial treatment known as “deep sleep therapy” which allegedly cured drug addiction with a combination of drug-induced coma and electroshock.[page needed] Many patients, including Wright, suffered brain damage and lifelong after-effects, while others died as a result of the treatments.
Snowy Fleet, Tony Cahill and Dick Diamonde
Original drummer Snowy Fleet became a successful builder in Perth, Western Australia, and now runs a rehearsal studio based in Jandakot, Western Australia. His replacement, Tony Cahill, remained in the UK for a time, briefly joining the final studio lineup of Python Lee Jackson as a bassist, before moving to the United States.
Dick Diamonde moved to the New South Wales North Coast and retired from performing, after some years of singing and playing in local pubs.
In 1980, Flash and the Pan released their second album Lights in the Night. Their next album, Headlines was released in August 1982. This featured the singles “Waiting for a Train” which reached #7 on the UK Charts and “Where Were You”. The music video for “Where Were You” featured Stevie Wright as a futuristic rock star miming to George Young’s vocals. Wright would also provide vocals for the album. That same year there was talk of an Easybeats’ reunion. Wright told Juke Magazine in 1983 “we had our lawyers working out the deal” because there was a venue interested in having them “but at the last minute they tried to change the venue and we just said ‘forget it’.”
In 1983, there was a talk of a solo album with work done again with Vanda and Young. Wright said the album would best be described as “classy rock ‘n’ roll” and the songs were about “a wide spectrum of all the experiences I’ve been through”. He said the love songs he had were optimistic. This interview gives a good idea as to how Wright worked in the studio with Vanda and Young:
“Well, it’s a three way thing. They’ll sit down and say ‘we’ve got this sort of song’ and we’ll discuss how we’ll approach it. Obviously after this long we do have a very strong bond. I’ve written a couple of songs but since they’re far better at it than I am, I’ll let them handle that.”
According to the Juke Magazine article it was “due for release later that year” however, this never happened.
In January 1984, Wright was charged with attempted housebreaking days after attending Westmount drug rehabilitation centre. He was arrested for heroin use later that month. He had been using heroin since about 1973, and, according to Wright, he remained an addict for 20 years. Also that year, Flash and the Pan’s next album, Early Morning Wake Up Call.
In November 1986, the original line-up reunited for an Australian tour. The tour would be warmly received by critics and fans. Wright would reform the Stevie Wright Band and relaunch is live career, gigging around Australia in hotels and clubs between 1986–88. In 1987, Flash and the Pan would release their fifth album, Nights in France.
Vanda and Young would return to producing AC/DC on their 1988 album Blow Up Your Video.
1990s and beyond
In 1992 Flash and the Pan would release their final album Burning up the Night.
Wright’s substance abuse problems spiralled out of control in the 1980s and 1990s and he came close to death on several occasions, but was pulled back from the brink by his current partner, Faye.
In 1999 journalist Jack Marx published a much-anticipated book about Wright, entitled Sorry – The Wretched Tale of Little Stevie Wright. It was critically applauded by some reviewers – Australian music historian Clinton Walker calling it “gonzo journalism at its best”, while The Bulletin later referred to Sorry as “one of the most harrowing rock books ever written”. Nevertheless, Sorry earned the disdain of its subject, Wright’s many fans and other critics. Internet reviewer Ken Grady (Luna Cafe, 1999) described Marx as “a self serving hypocrite” and concluded his review by observing: “The only thing that Marx has achieved is to depict himself as a very unlikeable, morally bankrupt leech.”
The 2000s saw a band calling itself “The Easybeats” tour and make TV appearances around Europe. No members were in any line-up of the Australian band or played on any of the records, despite the lead singer using a similar name.
In 2000, George Young would produce AC/DC’s Stiff Upper Lip album. It was the first time he would work with the group without Harry Vanda co-producing.
Due to his health, Wright would only perform a small number of shows in the 2000s. 2002, Wright was well enough to perform as part of the all-star Long Way To The Top national concert tour. His autobiography, Hard Road, was published in 2004. In 2007, Stevie Wright performed at the Gathering Festival in Yandina, Sunshine Coast. On 31 January 2009, Wright closed the Legends of Rock festival in Byron Bay, Australia.
On 14 July 2005, The Easybeats would be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Wright, Vanda and Snowy Fleet would attend the ceremony.
After falling ill on Boxing Day 2015, Wright was admitted to hospital on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. He didn’t recover and died on the evening of 27 December 2015.
George Young passed away on 22 October 2017. 
In 1973 David Bowie covered “Friday On My Mind” on his Pin Ups album, and in 1977 the punk band London introduced the song to a new generation on a four-track EP for MCA Records; the London version, produced by Simon Napier-Bell, was recorded in the same studio (IBC Studios in Portland Place) in which the Easybeats had cut the original.
A cover version of “Good Times” by INXS and Jimmy Barnes became a #47 hit in USA after being featured on the soundtrack of the film The Lost Boys in 1987 and a #2 in Australia as well the previous year, becoming the biggest selling single on Mushroom Records.
In 1998 Australia Post issued a special edition set of twelve stamps celebrating the early years of Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll, featuring Australian hit songs of the late ’50s, the ’60s and the early ’70s. “Each of them said something about us, and told the rest of the world this is what popular culture sounds like, and it has an Australian accent.” One of the stamps featured was the ‘She’s So Fine’ stamp.
Australian Rock duo Divinyls recorded a cover of “I’ll Make You Happy” on the B-side of the single “Science Fiction” in 1982 which later appeared on the album Desperate. However, since the vocalist was a female, the lyrics “If you don’t think I’m your man, Find somebody if you can, And ask them to hold your hand, Not me.” were changed to “If you don’t wanna be my man, Pass the bottle and the empty cans, I just want to hold your hand, Just me.”
In 1982, Los Angeles California’s the Three O’Clock released a version of “Sorry” on their Baroque Hoedown EP on Frontier Records.
In 1993, New Jersey mod/power poppers the Insomniacs released a version of “Goin’ Out Of My Mind” on their German only four song EP for Outer Limits Records.
In 2011, punk rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released a version of “Friday On My Mind” on their Australian-themed 7″, Go Down Under.
In 2014, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band covered “Friday On My Mind” on their tour of Australia.
In 2015, San Diego mod/power pop quintet Manual Scan released a version of “She’s So Fine” on their 10″ EP, The Pyles Sessions, released in Spain.
- Easy (1965)
- It’s 2 Easy (1966)
- Volume 3 (1966)
- Good Friday / Friday On My Mind (1967) (not released in Australia)
- Vigil / Falling Off The Edge of the World (1968)
- Friends (1969)
- Stevie Wright (vocals) (1964-1969, 1986)
- George Young (guitar) (1964-1969, 1986)
- Harry Vanda (guitar) (1964-1969, 1986)
- Dick Diamonde (bass) (1964-1969, 1986)
- Snowy Fleet (drums) (1964-1967, 1986)
- Tony Cahill (drums) (1967-1969)
Garraway at a gala screening of Turbo in London, November 2013
|Born||Kathryn Mary Garraway
(1967-05-04) 4 May 1967
Abingdon-on-Thames, Berkshire, England
|Occupation||Journalist and presenter|
The Biggest Loser (2009)
The National Lottery Draws (2014–2016)
Good Morning Britain (2014—)
Loose Women (2017–)
|Spouse(s)||Ian Rumsey (m. 1998–2002)
Derek Draper (m. 2005)
|Children||Darcey (b. 2006)
William (b. 2009)
Garraway presents a mid-morning show on Smooth Radio on weekdays as well as the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. Previously, she hosted various daytime programmes including Daybreak (2010–2014), Lorraine (2010–2014) and GMTV (2000–2010).
Garraway’s father was a civil servant and her mother was a teacher. She attended Dunmore Primary School and Fitzharrys School in Abingdon. She then graduated from Bath College of Higher Education with a BA in English and History.
In 1994, Garraway joined the South edition of ITV News Central on ITV Central as a production journalist, reporter and news presenter. In 1996, she became co-presenter of the South East edition of ITV News Meridian on ITV Meridian after she was “talent spotted” by a boss who viewed her presenting a three-minute bulletin on ITV Central.
Garraway joined GMTV in September 2000, co-presenting GMTV Today with Andrew Castle each Friday (and Thursdays later on). Garraway eventually went on to share presenting duties with Fiona Phillips and Emma Crosby. In 2009, when GMTV relaunched, she co-hosted the programme with Ben Shephard, presenting on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. During Garraway’s time at GMTV, she had also co-presented with Eamonn Holmes, John Stapleton and Dan Lobb. She presented her final show on 31 August 2010.
She presented one series of Too Many Cooks in 2004. In 2007, she was the questioner on The People’s Quiz. In 2009, Garraway presented The Biggest Loser for ITV. She was later replaced by Davina McCall. Garraway was a regular panellist on Wall of Fame, hosted by David Walliams.
She became entertainment editor of Daybreak on ITV Breakfast (the successor to GMTV) in September 2010. On 6 December 2011, she took over from Christine Bleakley as the main presenter on an interim basis. On 4 May 2012, it was announced Lorraine Kelly would become the permanent replacement for Bleakley in September 2012. On 3 August 2012, it was revealed that Garraway had signed a new contract to present each Friday in Kelly’s absence. On 15 February 2014, it was announced Kelly would additionally front the Friday edition of Lorraine.
On 3 March 2014, it was revealed that Daybreak would be axed and replaced with Good Morning Britain, initially as newsreader on Fridays.  However, with these changes, came the news that Lorraine Kelly would be presenting Lorraine five days a week, meaning that Garraway no longer continued to present Kelly’s show on Fridays. She hosted her final Daybreak and Lorraine shows on 25 April 2014 ahead of joining Good Morning Britain the following month. Since joining Good Morning Britain, Garraway’s appearances on Lorraine have become more less frequent.  Garraway once again became interim main presenter on ITV Breakfast when Ben Shepherd cut his appearances each week to just 2; which meant Garraway was hosted four times a week until Piers Morgan joined the show later that year.
Strictly Come Dancing
Garraway appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Anton du Beke. Garraway finished 8th of the 14 couples despite receiving the lowest score from the judges in every week but one, as she was repeatedly saved by the public vote, prior to her elimination in week seven.
In February 2008, Garraway launched legal action against the Sunday Mirror after it published a photograph of her embracing du Beke, insinuating that they were having an affair, which the pair both denied.
|2||Quickstep / “Love Machine“||2||4||5||4||15||Safe|
|3||Tango / “They“||4||5||5||5||19||Safe|
|4||Samba / “Dancing Queen“||3||3||6||4||16||Safe|
|5||Foxtrot / “I Could Write a Book“||5||7||7||7||26||Safe|
|6||Salsa / “Peanut Vendor“||3||4||6||5||18||Safe|
|7||Paso Doble / “Somebody Told Me“||4||5||7||5||21||Eliminated|
On 18 and 19 August 2012, Garraway co-presented two episodes of ‘Weekend Breakfast’ (with Colin Paterson). Over the weekend of 8 September, Garraway again presented ‘Weekend Breakfast’ with Colin Patterson. On 6 October 2013, she stood in for Andrew Castle for a show on LBC Radio.
In September 2005, Garraway married Derek Draper in Camden, London. Draper was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, and was at the centre of the scandal known as “Lobbygate”. The couple’s first child, a daughter, was born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, on 10 March 2006.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Garraway built an extension to her north London home without planning permission from the local council. She attempted to put in a retrospective planning application but it failed to appease them and she was told to scale down the extension.
She released her first book on 9 March 2017, entitled “The Joy of Big Knickers (or learning to love the rest of your life)”.
|2003–2014, 2017—||Loose Women||Stand-in anchor||14 episodes|
|Guest panellist||3 episodes|
|2004||Too Many Cooks||Presenter||1 series|
|2005||This Morning||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2007||Strictly Come Dancing||Participant||Series 5|
|The People’s Quiz||Questioner||1 series (12 episodes)|
|2009||The Biggest Loser||Presenter||1 series (40 episodes)|
|2010–2014||Daybreak||Presenter||Entertainment editor (2010–2011)|
|Acting Monday–Friday presenter (2011–2012)|
|Friday presenter (2012–2014)|
|2010–2014||Lorraine||Presenter||Relief presenter (2010–2011, 2014)|
|Friday presenter (2012–2014)|
|2011||Wall of Fame||Regular panellist||1 series (10 episodes)|
|2011||Carols from Bucklebury||Presenter||One-off episode|
|2014–2016||The National Lottery Draws||Presenter||Occasional episodes|
|2014—||Good Morning Britain||Presenter/newsreader||Thursday and Friday|
- Guest appearances
- Have I Got News for You (2003)
- The Wright Stuff (2003)
- 8 Out of 10 Cats (5 August 2005)
- Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2006)
- The F Word (2008)
- Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong (2008)
- Shooting Stars (2008)
- As Seen on TV (2009)
- Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (2011)
- All Star Family Fortunes (2012)
- Pointless Celebrities (2012, 2014, 2015)
- Paddy’s 2012 Show & Telly (2012)
- This Morning (2012; 5 episodes)
- Celebrity Juice (2013)
- Tricked (2013)
- The Chase: Celebrity Special (2013)
- The Guess List (2014)
- Celebrity Fifteen to One (2014)
- Pointless Celebrities (2015)
- James Martin: Home Comforts (2016)
- The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (2016; 2 episodes)
- The TV That Made Me (2016)
- Safeword (2016)
- Through the Keyhole (2017)
- Hollyoaks (2017)
|2017||Sharknado 5… Earth 0||Herself||Cameo role|
|The Lego Ninjago Movie||Herself (voice only)||Cameo role|
(1980-08-02) 2 August 1980
King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England
|Occupation||Weather presenter, TV presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||ITV Racing
Early life and education
Verasamy was born in Norfolk and attended Silfield Primary School in King’s Lynn, Framlingham College Junior School in Suffolk and King Edward VII School in King’s Lynn where she studied A-Level Geography. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography from Brunel University in 2001.
Having previously completed a work experience placement at the Sky Weather Centre before becoming a weather forecaster, Verasamy joined Sky  and became the regular weather presenter on the Sky News breakfast show Sunrise. In 2007 the Sky News website started a feature entitled Climate Clinic – Ask Lucy as part of their Green Britain campaign, where Verasamy answered questions put forward by members of the public regarding climate change. She also contributed to Sky News’s The Weather Girls blog.
On 6 September 2010, she joined the newly launched ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak, as a weather forecaster and environment correspondent, alongside Kirsty McCabe. On 7 February 2012, McCabe left the programme, leaving Verasamy the sole weather forecaster. On 2 August 2012, she too left the programme.
|Born||Susanna Victoria Reid
(1970-12-10) 10 December 1970
Croydon, Greater London, England
|Residence||Lambeth, South London|
|Education||University of Bristol
|Notable credit(s)||BBC Breakfast (2004–14)
Sunday Morning Live (2010–11)
Good Morning Britain (2014–)
|Partner(s)||Dominic Cotton (1998–2014)|
Susanna Victoria Reid (born 10 December 1970) is an English journalist and presenter best known as a co-presenter of Good Morning Britain since 2014. Having started out as an anchor woman, presenting news face on, it was not until 2006 that Reid finally came into the more mainstream spotlight when she began to appear on the sofa on BBC Breakfast – now interviewing celebrities, and taking part in more viewer-friendly tasks.
Early life and education
The youngest of three children, Reid was born in Croydon, south London. She was educated at the independent Croham Hurst School, from 1975 to 1981, followed by the independent Croydon High School (1981–87) and St Paul’s Girls’ School (1987–89) in London. Her parents separated and divorced when she was aged 9. Her father was a management consultant, her mother, who was born in 1941, worked as a nurse. Reid studied Politics, Philosophy and Law at the University of Bristol (1989–92), where she was editor of Epigram, the student newspaper, which was short-listed in 1991 as “Best Student Newspaper” in The Guardian/NUS student journalism awards. She then undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the Cardiff School of Journalism.
Reid appeared as an actress while an adolescent, in a stage production of Agatha Christie‘s Spider’s Web (1982) with Shirley-Anne Field, and then alongside Peter Barkworth and Harriet Walter in The Price (1985) on Channel 4.
Reid began her career at BBC Radio Bristol and then became a reporter for Radio 5 Live, as well as a producer. She then joined BBC News 24, where she spent two years as a reporter. When the 23:00 presenter didn’t turn up one night, Reid became a stand-in presenter for an hour (while three months pregnant with her first child), which turned into a permanent position. Before going on maternity leave, she presented on the BBC’s online interactive service. Reid became a reporter for Breakfast News in 1998. After a second maternity break, she became a presenter on the BBC News Channel.
Reid was one of the main presenters on BBC Breakfast, presenting with Bill Turnbull on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and previously presenting with Charlie Stayt on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. She held that role from 2012, when she replaced lead presenter Sian Williams. In 2010, Reid stepped down from presenting Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays to take a role on a new programme Sunday Morning Live. As of the final episode of the first series on 21 November 2010, she resumed her weekend presenting duties on BBC Breakfast within 2 weeks. When BBC Breakfast moved to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, the existing lead presenter presenter, Sian Williams decided to stay in London on other programmes so she could remain close to her children. In April 2012, Reid took Williams’ lead presenter role as the main weekday presenter opposite Bill Turnbull.
Reid was also previously the regular newsreader during the headlines on The Andrew Marr Show. On 16 May 2010, she stood in briefly for Andrew Marr for the Sunday newspaper review, when he arrived late for the programme after interviewing the new Prime Minister David Cameron. Reid handed back to Marr following the paper review. Reid presented the main show for the first time on 10 March 2013 following Marr’s extended absence after suffering a stroke in January 2013. On 22 February 2009, Reid presented the BBC’s live coverage of the 2009 Oscars from Los Angeles and also presented coverage of the 2010 Oscars on 7 March.
In December 2013, Reid was a runner-up in the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was Kevin Clifton. She previously participated in the Children in Need special of the show, pairing with Robin Windsor and eventually winning it in November 2011.
On 31 December 2013, Reid presented the New Year Live programme on BBC One, replacing Gabby Logan. Reid was joined in presenting duties by Take That lead singer Gary Barlow, who performed a concert at Westminster Central Hall at the same time.
In February 2014, it was reported that ITV were attempting to recruit Reid for their new breakfast programme, with a £1 million salary. Reid had previously rejected claims of moving to ITV in December 2013, during her Strictly Come Dancing stint, claiming she would “bleed BBC” if cut open. On 3 March 2014, the BBC confirmed Reid’s move to ITV to front rival breakfast programme Good Morning Britain, which replaced its former breakfast show Daybreak. She co-hosts the show alongside Ben Shephard and Piers Morgan every Monday to Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. It was not until she began working with Morgan that Reid “understood the real definition of a love-hate relationship!”
On 19 December 2014, Reid appeared on a special Text Santa episode of Tipping Point with fellow Good Morning Britain presenters. In 2017, Reid co-presented Save Money: Good Food alongside Matt Tebbutt.
Reid lives in Balham, south London. Between 1998 and their separation in February 2014 her partner was the former sports correspondent Dominic Cotton. They still live in the same house, even though Cotton has a girlfriend and Reid is single. They have three sons. Reid is a supporter of Crystal Palace, visiting the club’s Selhurst Park ground with her dance partner while taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, in 2013.
Reid is a pescetarian, something she used to discuss occasionally in her Saturday morning banter with chef James Martin when commenting on the dishes on his following programme, Saturday Kitchen. Reid has also been voted into Zoo Weekly ‘s top ten of “Britain’s sexiest mums”, and in 2013 was voted 96th in FHM ‘s “100 sexiest women” list.
Reid is a regular contributor to Media Trust, a charity linking other charities to the media industry, and has hosted events for the Myotubular Trust and Voluntary Arts England. In 1998, just before she became a reporter for Breakfast News, she worked for three months in Sri Lanka as a voluntary media consultant for a charity which counsels victims of the civil war and operates orphanages and social development programmes.
|2003–2014||Breakfast||BBC One||Co-presenter||With Bill Turnbull|
|2003–2010||TV Bingo||BBC Two||Presenter|
|2010–2011||Sunday Morning Live||BBC One||Presenter|
|2013||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant||Runner-up|
|New Year Live||Co-presenter||With Gary Barlow|
|2014–||Good Morning Britain||ITV||Co-presenter||Monday–Thursday|
|2017–||Save Money: Good Food||Co-presenter||Primetime series|
|2017||The Murder of Becky Watts – Inside the Investigation||Presenter||One-off documentary|
|2016||Trolls||Grandma Rosiepuff||UK release only|
Bowen in 2009
|Born||(1990-03-04) March 4, 1990
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Life and career
Bowen is of Welsh descent and made her Broadway debut in 1996 as Young Cosette/Young Eponine in Les Misérables. At six, she was the youngest actress ever to play the role. From 1996 to 2001 Bowen was a consistent presence on Broadway. She appeared in the original company of the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music as Marta, and in 2000, created the role of Adele in the musical version of Jane Eyre. Bowen was also a member of The Broadway Kids concert group. Several of Bowen’s siblings have also been heavily involved in musical theatre, performing roles in various other Broadway shows.
From 2004 to 2012, Bowen portrayed Julie Mayer on Desperate Housewives. She currently models for Miss Selfridge. She has also had recurring or guest starring roles on such shows as One Tree Hill (with friend Sophia Bush), Boston Public and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In the film Red Riding Hood she appears as one of “The Three Ashleys.” Most recently[when?], she played the role of Candace in the esoteric adventure film Eye of the Dolphin. She also starred in the Lifetime Original film Girl, Positive, an experience that allowed her to help spread the message among youth that “HIV is something you can protect yourself from.” 
Bowen is the younger sister of Graham Bowen, Alex Bowen, Cameron Bowen, Jessica Bowen, and Jillian Bowen, who are also actors.
|1996||New York Crossing||Child||Television film|
|2004||Luckey’s Quarter||Patsy||Short film|
|2004||Party Wagon||Billie Bartley / Manifest Destiny (voice)||Television film|
|2006||Final Fantasy VII Advent Children||Moogle Girl (voice)||English version|
|2006||Bambi II||Faline (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Red Riding Hood||Ashley #2|
|2006||Eye of the Dolphin||Candace|
|2007||Girl, Positive||Rachel Sandler||Television film|
|2010||After the Fall||Jenna Danville||Television film|
|2012||Twinkle Toes||Pretty Tall (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2013||The Preacher’s Daughter||Hannah White||Television film|
|2014||Zoe Gone||Tammy Roberts|
|2016||Who Killed My Husband?||Sophie Howell||Television film|
|2016||Pretty Little Addict||Jennifer Philips||Television film|
|2017||Jonny’s Sweet Revenge||Nikki|
|2017||A Winter Wedding||Hailey Reynolds|
|1996–1997||Law & Order||Rankin Toddler, Bess||2 episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sophie Douglas||Episode: “Countdown”|
|2001||Third Watch||Rachel||Episode: “Adam 55-3”|
|2002||Arliss||Ginny||Episode: “In with the News”|
|2002||That Was Then||Zooey Glass||3 episodes|
|2003||Boston Public||Riley Ellis||3 episodes|
|2003||One Tree Hill||Stella||Episode: “With Arms Outstretched” (deleted scenes only)|
|2003||Strong Medicine||Sara Buck||Episode: “Seize the Day”|
|2004–2012||Desperate Housewives||Julie Mayer||95 episodes|
|2006, 2007, 2009||King of the Hill||Sandy, Teen Girl (voice)||3 episodes|
|2005||Without a Trace||Becky Grolnick||Episode: “A Day in the Life”|
|2008||The Closer||Michelle Clark||Episode: “Cherry Bomb”|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Rebecca Kelly||Episode: “Greek Tragedy”|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Talia al Ghul (voice)||Episode: “Sidekicks Assemble!”|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Amy||Episode: “Ho’ohuli Na’au”|
|2012||Secret Life of the American Teenager||Jackie||Episode: “Allies”|
|2013||Scandal||Maybell Doyle||Episode: “Snake in the Garden“|
|2000||The Longest Journey||Young April, Alatien Child||English version|
|2003||Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure|
|2003||The Cat in the Hat||Sally|
|2008||Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII||Aerith Gainsborough||English version|
|2011||Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy||Aerith Gainsborough||English version|
|2016||Final Fantasy Explorers||Aerith Gainsborough||English version|
- The Night of the Hunter, concept album
- The Sound of Music original Broadway revival cast recording, 1998
- Jane Eyre original Broadway cast recording, 2001
- Sugar Beats
- The Broadway Kids
- Preachers Daughter (2011)
Bowen has 3 wins and 4 nominations
- 2005 Screen Actors Guild Award for * Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (won)
- 2005 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress (nominated)
- 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (won)
- 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (nominated)
- 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (nominated)
- 2008 Prism Award for Best TV Actress (won)
- 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (nominated)