Anniversary of Bon Scott’s Death – February 19th, 1980
Posted 2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

Anniversary of Bon Scott’s Death – February 19th, 1980

Conversation Starters

  • It’s been 33 years since the death of Bon Scott. Which AC/DC song best sums up how much the late singer rocked?
  • Rock and Roll lost a true legend when Bon Scott passed away today in 1980. Do you think AC/DC had a better sound with Scott or with Johnson?

Fast Facts

  • Best known as the frontman of AC/DC
  • Drummer and lyricist
  • Inspired vocally by Little Richard
  • Started his first band in 1964; The Spektors
  • The Spektors merged with other local band, The Winstons, to form the Valentines; popular local band in Australia
  • The Valentines had a few local hits, reaching the Top 5; disbanded after a drug scandal
  • Joined Fraternity, a blues-rock band, in the early 1970s
  • In 1974, joined AC/DC, and recorded the group’s debut album a year later
  • Begged to lead the band, offering the Young brothers himself as a better frontman for the new group
  • Rose to international fame with Highway to Hell (1979); reached the Top 20 in the U.S.

Personal Life

  • Born July 9, 1946 in Scotland
  • Actual name: Ronald Belford Scott
  • Dropped out of school at 15 to play music
  • In 1973, hospitalized after a severe motorcycle accident
  • Died February 19, 1980, after an all-night drinking binge

Bon Scott Quotes

  • "No matter how long you play rock and roll, songs might change just as long as the balls are there, the rock balls. And that’s what’s important to us" (Interview with Record Review, 1979)
  • "It keeps you fit – the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food – it’s all very good for you." (When asked about touring. From Circus, January 1979)
  • "I'm more in love with Rock n Roll today than other things. It grows, you know? "
  • "All the songs we do are basically about one of three things: booze, sex or rock n roll."

 

Sources:

Ultimate Classic Rock posts the top 10 Bon Scott AC/DC lyrics

 

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