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Bon Scott

Bands: Fraternity, AC, DC

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Bon Scott died aged thirty-three on nineteenth of February 1980 from acute alcohol poisoning whilst in East Dulwich, London, U.K.photo of Bon Scott
On 15th February 1980, Bon Scott attended a session where Malcolm and Angus Young were working on the beginnings of two songs that would later be recorded on the Back in Black album; "Have a Drink On Me" and "Let Me Put My Love Into You" with Bon Scott accompanying on drums.
Shortly after Bon Scott's death, the remaining members of AC/DC briefly considered quitting; however, it was eventually decided that Bon Scott would have wanted them to continue and with the Bon Scott family's encouragement, the band hired Brian Johnson as their new vocalist. Five months after Bon Scott's death, AC/DC finished the work they began with Bon Scott and released Back in Black as a tribute to him. .
Bon Scott was born on ninth July 1946 at Fyfe Jamieson Maternity Hospital in Forfar, Scotland, U.K. The Scott family moved from Scotland to Australia in 1952. They initially lived in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine, and Bon Scott attended nearby Sunshine Primary School. The nickname "Bon" was acquired shortly after starting school; because there was another Ronald in the class, his classmates played on the phrase "Bonnie Scotland". A fourth child, Graeme, was born in 1953. In addition, Bon Scott had a younger sister named Valerie.
In 1956, the family moved to Fremantle. Bon Scott joined the associated Fremantle Scots Pipe Band, learning the drums. He attended North Fremantle Primary School and later John Curtin College of the Arts until he dropped out at the age of fifteen; he spent a short time in Fremantle Prison's assessment centre and nine months at the Riverbank Juvenile Institution, relating to charges of giving a false name and address to the police, having escaped legal custody, having unlawful carnal knowledge, and stealing twelve gallons of petrol. He attempted to join the Australian Army, but was rejected and deemed "socially maladjusted".
Bon Scott's vocals were inspired by his idol, Little Richard. After working as a postman, bartender and truck packer, Bon Scott started his first band, The Spektors, in 1966 as drummer and occasional lead singer. One year later the Spektors merged with another local band, the Winstons, and formed The Valentines, in which Bon Scott was co-lead singer with Vince Lovegrove. The Valentines recorded several songs written by George Young of The Easybeats. "Every Day I Have to Cry" (a song originally written and sung by Arthur Alexander) made the local record chart. In nineteen-seventy, after gaining a place on the National Top 30 with their single "Juliette", the Valentines disbanded due to artistic differences after a much-publicised drug scandal.
Bon Scott moved to Adelaide in 1970 and joined the progressive rock band Fraternity. Fraternity released the LPs Livestock and Flaming Galah before touring the UK in 1973, where they changed their name to Fang. During this time they played support slots for Status Quo and Geordie, whose front man Brian Johnson would eventually succeed Bon Scott as the lead singer of AC/DC after his death. During this time, on 24th January 1972, Bon Scott married Irene Thornton.
In 1973, just after returning to Australia from the tour of the UK, Fraternity went on hiatus. Bon Scott took a day job at the Wallaroo fertiliser plant and began singing with the Mount Lofty Rangers, a loose collective of musicians helmed by Peter Head from Headband, who explained, "Headband and Fraternity were in the same management stable and we both split about the same time so the logical thing was to take members from both bands and create a new one ... the purpose of the band was for songwriters to relate to each other and experiment with songs, so it was a hotbed of creativity". Other ex-Fraternity members also played with the band as did Glenn Shorrock pre Little River Band. During this time, Head also helped Bon Scott with his original compositions.
In return, Bon Scott recorded vocals for Mount Lofty Rangers songs "Round & Round" and "Carey Gully". Head released these original recordings in 1996, also teaming up with producer Ted Yanni, another old friend of Bon Scott's, to create an entirely new backing for Round & Round & Round that more accurately reflected the original intentions Head had. Long out of print, and massively bootlegged, this EP finally got an official digital release in June 2010. Unrecorded original compositions of Bon Scott's, "Been Up In The Hills Too Long" and "Clarissa" have been recorded by Head on his Peter Head & The Mount Lofty Rangers "Lofty" album, also released in digital format only in 2011.
On 3rd May 1974, at the Old Lion Hotel in North Adelaide, during a rehearsal with the Mount Lofty Rangers, a very drunk, distressed and belligerent Bon Scott had a raging argument with a member of the band. Bon Scott stormed out of the venue, threw a bottle of Jack Daniel's on to the ground, then sped off on his Suzuki GT550 motorbike. Bon Scott suffered serious injuries from the ensuing motorcycle accident, spending three days in a coma and a further eighteen days in hospital. Vince Lovegrove and his wife, by then running a booking/management agency, gave Bon Scott odd jobs, such as putting up posters and painting the office during his recovery, and shortly after introduced him to AC/DC who were on the lookout for a new lead singer.
Like Bon Scott, Malcolm Young and his younger brother Angus Young of AC/DC were born in Scotland before emigrating to Australia in their childhood with their family.
Bon Scott replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC on 24th October 1974, when it became obvious the band and Evans were heading in different directions, with Evans having personal clashes with band members and management. Bon Scott's appointment coincided with him working as a chauffeur for the band at the time until an audition promoted him to lead singer.
With the Young brothers as lead and rhythm guitarists, session drummer Tony Currenti and George Young as a temporary bassist, AC/DC released High Voltage, their first LP in Australia in February 1975. Within a few months Currenti was replaced by Phil Rudd and Mark Evans was hired as a permanent bassist, and AC/DC began recording their second album T.N.T., which was released in Australia in December 1975. The first AC/DC album to gain international distribution however was a compilation of tracks from the first two albums, also entitled High Voltage, which was released in May 1976. Another studio album, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap was released in the same year, but only in Australia; the international version of the album was released in November 1976 in the UK and in March 1981 in the USA, with a different track listing.
In the following years, AC/DC gained further success with their albums Let There Be Rock and Powerage. The 1978 release of Powerage marked the debut of bassist Cliff Williams, and with its harder riffs, followed the blueprint set by Let There Be Rock. Only one single was released from Powerage – "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" – which gave AC/DC their highest chart position at the time, reaching number 24. An appearance at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow during the Powerage tour was recorded and released as If You Want Blood You've Got It. image of Bon Scott
The band's sixth album, Highway To Hell, was produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange and was released in 1979. It became AC/DC's first LP to break the US top 100, eventually reaching number 17, and it propelled AC/DC into the higher ranks of hard rock acts.

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song:'Seasons of Change' by Bon Scott