Bon Scott (Ronald Belford Scott)
Bon Scott was born in Kirriemuir Scotland on July 9th 1946. He moved with his family to Australia in 1952.
Of course, he's most famous for being the lead vocalist for AC/DC, but before AC/DC, Bon Scott had been in several other bands including, The Spektors, The Valentines and Fraternity. In September 1974 after the Youngs had a falling out with their front man Dave Evans, Bon Scott became AC/DC's lead singer. In February 1975 they released their first studio album, 'High Voltage'. From 'High Voltage' to 'Let There be Rock' (1977), AC/DC became one of the most popular bands in Australia.
Atlantic Records signed them in 1976 and they toured extensively in Europe, expanding their audience. In 1979 'Highway to Hell' was released and was their first album to break into the USA's top 100. 'Highway to Hell' would eventually break into the USA's top 20, reaching number 17. However, 'Highway to Hell' would be AC/DC's last album with Bon Scott. After a night of heavy drinking at a club named The Music Machine, Bon Scott was left in a car by a friend where he died of pulmonary aspiration of vomit with the cause listed as 'acute alcohol poisoning' and 'death by misadventure'. So, on February 19th 1980, Bon Scott was no more.
AC/DC hired Brian Johnson to replace Bon Scott
as their lead singer. Just 5 months after Bon Scott's death they recorded
the album 'Back in Black' which would become AC/DC's biggest selling album,
reaching #1 in the UK and #4 in the USA.
Notice in these next two shots, you can see Pabst Blue Ribbon and then Budweiser in the background.
I love 'Back in Black' and think AC/DC was very fortunate to find a talent like Brian Johnson, but man, sometimes, I just need to hear that slightly sinister Bon Scott sound. I love driving down the road listening to TNT.