Tuesday, February 19, 1980

AC/DC's Bon Scott died: February 19, 1980

Originally posted February 19, 2012.

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Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was born on July 9, 1946 in Scotland, but moved to Australia when he was 6. It was there he became known as the lead singer and songwriter for one of that country’s best known musical exports – rock group AC/DC.

From 1964 to 1974, Scott worked with various bands including The Spektors, The Valentines, Fraternity, Fang, and The Mount Lofty Rangers. In 1974, he replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC. A few Australian-only releases followed (1974’s High Voltage and 1975’s T.N.T.) before a 1976 compilation, also called High Voltage, was released internationally. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and Powerage followed over the next few years. The group’s real breakthrough came with 1979’s Highway to Hell, a top 20 album in the U.S. The group appeared primed for monster success.

However, On February 19, 1980, Scott passed out after a night of heavy drinking. The next day he was found lifeless and, after being rushed to the hospital, was pronounced dead, officially from acute alcohol poisoning. Initially the group considered disbanding, but instead opted to soldier on with new lead singer Brian Johnson. Before year’s end, they recorded and released Back in Black, a tribute to their fallen comrade and one of the best-selling albums in history.

filmed just 10 days before Bon Scott’s death


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