Bon Scott Would Have Been 71 Today -
Bon Scott, music news,

Bon Scott

Bon Scott Would Have Been 71 Today

by Paul Cashmere on July 9, 2017

in News

Bon Scott was born on this day in 1946. He would have been 71 years old today.

Bon Scott died in London on 19 February, 1980. He was 33.

Scott was born in Forfar, Scotland and moved to Australia with his family in 1952 at the age of six. The family lived in the outer Melbourne suburb of Sunshine for four years before moving to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Fremantle is Bon’s final resting place.

Bon had already been in two successful Australian bands, The Valentines then Fraternity, before he joined AC/DC as lead singer in 1974. Bon was replaced by Jimmy Barnes when he left. Jimmy was considered as lead singer of AC/DC after the death of Bon but did not take up the offer.

Bon replaced the band’s original singer Dave Evans after the band had recorded just one single ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’. AC/DC was more like a glam rock band with Evans.

Bon’s first single with AC/DC was ‘Love Song’ but it was the b-side ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ that became the hit.

The first album ‘High Voltage’ featured Angus and Malcolm Young and Bon Scott before the band consolidated on the next album ‘TNT’ with Mark Evans and Phil Rudd. That line-up created the string of hits that solidified AC/DC’s place in Australian rock history.

With Bon AC/DC generated hits in Australia with ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ (no 20, 1975), ‘High Voltage’ (no 10, 1976), ‘TNT’ (no 19, 1976) ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top’ (no 9, 1976), ‘Jailbreak’ (no 10, 1976), ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ (no 29, 1976) and ‘Highway To Hell’ (no 24, 1979).

At the time the albums ‘Let There Be Rock’ (1977 and ‘Powerage’ (1978) did not deliver any hits despite the now classics ‘Let There Be Rock’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ both being released as singles but failing to chart.

AC/DC broke in the USA finally with their sixth album ‘Highway To Hell’. It was also Bon’s last album with the band. The album reached no 17 in the USA.

AC/DC did consider disbanded after the death of Bon Scott but at his funeral Bon’s father insisted the band carry on.

Former singer for Geordie, Brian Johnson, was officially sworn in as the new AC/DC lead singer on 8 April, 1980. ‘Back In Black’, with Brian’s vocals, was released on 25 July, 1980, just five months after the death of Bon Scott.



Related Posts

Flamin Groovies
Roy Loney of Flamin’ Groovies Passes At Age 73

Roy Loney, the original frontman for San Francisco Power-Pop band Flamin’ Groovies, has died at the age of 73.

16 hours ago
Cold Chisel Blood Moon
Australian Charts: Cold Chisel ‘Blood Moon’ Debuts As No 1 Album

It's been 21+ years since Cold Chisel graced the top of the Australian Albums Chart, but this week their ninth studio album "Blood Moon" becomes their fifth overall No.1 album locally.

23 hours ago
Cold Chisel Blood Moon
Cold Chisel Blood Moon Is No 1 38 Years After Swingshift In 1981

Cold Chisel ‘Blood Moon’ is Australia’s number one album this week and that comes 38 years after Chisel first topped the chart with ‘Swingshift’ in 1981.

2 days ago
Talking Heads
Talking Heads “Official” Instagram Starts A Rumour Frenzy

Fans' ears perked up recently when an official-looking Talking Heads Instagram account popped up and hovered there idly like the alien spacecraft in District 9.

3 days ago
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Previews 2020 Album ‘From This Place’ With Two Tracks

Jazz legend Pat Metheny will release his next album ‘From This Place’ in February 2020. Fans can listen to a two-song sampler of the album now with the release of ‘You Are’ and ‘America Defined’.

3 days ago
Original Finch Line-up To Play Two Shows In January

70s rock band Finch will reunite for two shows in January.

3 days ago
Olivia Newton-John - Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Man Who Paid $243k For Olivia Newton-John Grease Jacket Gifts It Back To Her

An anonymous man who bid $243,200 for the leather Jackson worn by Olivia Newton-John in the movie Grease has given it back to her.

3 days ago