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Reelin’ In the Years 117: Evie. RIP Stevie Wright

I’ve come to this late. Stevie Wright, lead singer of Australian band The Easybeats, whose Friday on my Mind I chose as the first song in my 1960s music category of the same name, died in December. I only saw his obituary in The Guardian earlier this week.

Evie was a solo no 1 hit for him in Australia, possibly the first 11 minute song to reach no 1 anywhere in the world.

The song manages to encompass the three main themes of the love song as a form. Its first two parts are reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well or Derek and the Dominos’ Layla in that it starts in an up tempo rocking style and then segues into quieter mode. Like Evie both those were split over two sides of the corresponding single release. Evie, however, returns to a higher tempo for its third part.

Stevie Wright: Evie

Stephen Carlton “Stevie” Wright: 20/12/1947 – 27/12/2015. So it goes.

Bob Holness

So. The man who at least latterly was more famous for something he didn’t do than for anything he actually did is dead.

But he was one of the first actors to play James Bond – in a radio version of Moonraker in 1956.

His most resonant appearances for someone of my generation were as host of the TV game show Blockbusters where he was subject to the recurring request, “Can I have a P please, Bob?” and was also the presenter of Call My Bluff when it was axed.

He played along with the urban myth that he was the saxophonist on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, apparently adding in for good measure that he also played lead guitar on Derek And The Dominos’ Layla.

Robert Wentworth John Holness 12/11/1928 – 6/1/12. So it goes.

Reelin’ In The Years 11: Layla

I include this not for Clapton’s guitar licks. Those are not what I like most about this track. The best bit is when it becomes less frenetic, slows down and moves into the piano dominated second part.

Derek And The Dominos: Layla

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