Evie (song)

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"Evie"
Single by Stevie Wright
from the album Hard Road
A-side "Evie" (part one)
B-side "Evie" (part two and three)
Released 1974
Format 7 inch
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, (Part 1) soft rock, (Part 2) rock. (Part 3)
Length 11:11
Label Albert
Writer(s) Harry Vanda, George Young
Producer(s) Harry Vanda, George Young
"Evie"
Song by The Wrights
Released 2005
Genre Rock
Writer(s) Harry Vanda, George Young

"Evie" is an Australian rock song released as a single in 1974 by Australian singer and former frontman of The Easybeats, Stevie Wright. It was written by Harry Vanda and George Young. It has been suggested that it is the first 11-minute song to chart at #1 anywhere in the world.[1]

The song features three parts and some critics consider it as one of the most perfect rock n' roll songs ever,[2] encapsulating the three basic themes of all love songs:

  • (I) Baby it'll be great once we're together (Let Your Hair Hang Down)
  • (II) Baby, it's so great now that we're together (Oh Evie... I'm nothing without you)
  • (III) Baby, it's so bad since you left me (I'm Losing You). However, the loss in this case is more tragic than the usual "boy loses girl" scenario - it describes the singer's emotions following Evie's death in childbirth.

Part One is a guitar driven, hard rocking and bluesy, swaggering and swayful song. Part Two is more piano and string based, a much softer emotional ballad style. Part Three is more of a disco-rock style, being quicker, relatively urgent and guitar driven track with a great vocal.

Background[edit]

In 1973 Harry Vanda and George Young returned to Australia from the UK. Stevie Wright had found life difficult since the Easybeats disbanded and had developed a heroin addiction.[3]

"Stevie was still a great performer, still a great singer," Young says. "So Harry and I got to work to see if we could come up with something that could put him back in the charts."[4]

Vanda and Young signed Stevie Wright and began working on the Hard Road album together.[5]

The song features Malcolm Young of AC/DC on guitar. Young plays the guitar solo in Part One, while the solo in Part Three is played by Harry Vanda.[1]

Reception[edit]

The song was released in April 1974. The single version was divided across the A and B sides and went on it peaked nationally during July.[5] It remained in the charts for 26 weeks, the biggest Australian single of the year and the only pop song over six minutes to reach No 1.[4]

Famous performances[edit]

In June 1974 Stevie Wright performed the song at Sydney Opera House in front of 2,500 people, with over 10,000 having been turned away.[4] For this performance Wright's band included Harry Vanda, George Young and Malcolm Young. This was the first time that Stevie, George and Harry had appeared together post-Easybeats.[5]

On 4 November 1979 Stevie Wright took part in the Concert of the Decade. He performed the song on the steps of the Opera House in front of 100,000 people.[3]

Wright also performed the song during the 2002 Long Way to the Top tour.

Cover versions[edit]

Suzi Quatro recorded a cover version of the song that appeared on the European version of her album If You Knew Suzi... in 1978.

The Wrights recorded a cover version of the song in 2005.

Pat Travers Band recorded a shortened version for their 1978 album, "Heat In The Street".

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tait, John (2010). Vanda & Young. University of New South Wales Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-74223-217-1. 
  2. ^ "MILESAGO - Groups & Solo Artists - Stevie Wright". Milesago.com. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Australian Story - So Much To Say - Transcript". Abc.net.au. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Stevie was still a great performer, still a great singer," Young says. "So Harry and I got to work to see if we could come up with something that could put him back in the charts."
  5. ^ a b c "It's All About The Song ..."Evie" | News | Alberts". Albertmusic.com. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 

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Preceded by
"Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Paper Lace
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
12 August 1974
Succeeded by
"The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace