Music Diary – 19th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 19th February!

BonScottRIPOn the 19th February 1980, one of the most outstanding frontman in Rock passed away: AC/DC singer Ronald Belford „Bon“ Scott died after a heavy night’s drinking. He was found dead in the car of his friend Alistair Kinnear in East Dulwich, 67 Overhill Road, London (UK). Bon was 33 years old.

Alistair about this very sad and tragic night:
„The day before, we cruised in my car, a blue Renault 5, through London and attended several bars and discos. When we entered the club ‚Music Machine‘ it was appr. 1.30 a.m. and Bon was in a very good mood and had already some drinks. After two hours, he was completeley drunk and I took him to my car and we drove home. When we arrived at my place, it was 4 a.m. and I tried to wake him up. But he was in a very deep sleep. So I decided to leave him in the car sleeping. And I left him a note, that I am upstairs in my flat. When I woke up on the 19th February, Bon was not around. I watched outside my window and saw him still sleeping in my car. I walked downstairs and when I opened the car, Bon was lifeless and vomit was all around. I called the emergency doctor, who could not do anything for him anymore. Bon’s body was brought into the Kings Collage Hospital for an autopsy. It was too much boose for his body, it was out, it was finished.“

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Bon Scott was – like Angus and Malcolm Young – born in Scotland (9th July 1946) and moved with his family to Australia in 1952. He started his music career in 1964 as the drummer and singer of The Spektors. In 1966, Bon founded the pop band The Valentines. After the break up in 1970, Scott started his new group Fraternity, a Progressive Rock formation. And in 1974, Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC. „Highway to Hell“ (1979) is the last LP featuring Bon’s unique singing. After the tragic death, the Young brothers decided to go on and with new singer Brian Johnson the comeback album „Back in Black“ was recorded and released in July 1980. This LP is still the second best-selling album of all time, only behind Michael Jackson’s megaseller „Thriller„.

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Music Diary – 17th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 17th February!

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On the 17th February 1975, the AC/DC debut “High Voltage” was released in Australia. It’s still a collector’s item because the international version of this album is completely different, which features only the two songs “She’s got Balls” and “Little Lover”. Four more tracks were available later for the fans outside Australia on the EP “’74Jailbreak” in 1984. There you can find the rarities “You ain’t got a hold on me”, “Show Business”, “Soul Stripper” and the cover “Baby, please don’t go“. At least, the last two tunes from the Australian version of „High Voltage, the tunes “Stick around” and “Love Song”,  were finally released on the international compilation „Backtracks“ (2009).


All eight songs were recorded in November 1974 at the Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia. Produced by Vanda & Young (Harry Vanda and the older brother of Angus und Malcolm, George Young). The duo was a member of the successful popband The Easybeats and they were also the main songwriters for their big hit „Friday on My Mind“ (1966).


While recording „High Voltage“, the line up of AC/DC was a different one: Beside the founding members Angus and Malcolm Young and singer Bon Scott, the rhythm section was not really founded yet. Rob Bailey was the bass player and the drums part were played by Tony Currenti, Peter Clack and John Proud.

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Music Diary – 31st December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 31st December!

AC/DC (1973/1974)

AC/DC (1973/1974)

On the 31st December 1973 a historic perfomance happened in Sydney, Australia: AC/DC played their very first live show at the Chequers Bar!

Beside Malcolm and Angus Young, the line-up consisted of bassist and saxophone player Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans and Colin Burgess on drums. AC/DC was booked for several shows in the first week of 1974 and the band had to play at least three sets every evening.

Angus Young remembers about these first concerts (from the book „AC/DC: Maximum Rock’n’Roll“):
„I do think we played some Stones stuff, a lot of Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Songs like „Nadine„, „School Days“ and „No particular Place to go„. Also we had the Beatles track „I want you (She’s so heavy)“ on the setlist.“

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Music Diary – 20th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 20th September!

AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)

AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)

On the 20th September 1976 the third studio album „‚Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ by AC/DC was released. But NOT in the USA! The American fans had to wait until 27th March 1981 – one year after the passing of singer Bon Scott and during „Back in Black“ charted worldwide. So it’s not suprising that „‚Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ has been certified six times Platinum in the United States (sold more than six million copies) after the successful comeback album „Back in Black“ (one of the best selling albums in music history) with new singer Brian Johnson was released just one year earlier in Summer 1980. So „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ became the third highest sold AC/DC album in the USA (after „Highway To Hell‚ and ‚Back In Black“).

There are some interesting things about the release of „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ – read more about this (different covers, song listings etc.) in my AC/DC category here!

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AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

AC/DC (1976)

Malcolm Young, Mark Evans, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Phil Rudd

In 1976 the third AC/DC album was released. „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap„. And like the last LPs „High Voltage“ and „T.N.T.“ this one was also edited in two versions for Australia and the rest of the world.

The Australian album was released on the 20th September 1976. It features nine songs, two of them were only available on this version for a long time. These tracks are „R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)“ and „Jailbreak“.


The international version of „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ has also nine songs, but a different track listing. „Rocker“ from the „T.N.T.“ album is here included and also the song „Love at first Feel„. Interesting, because this tune was in Australia released one year later as a single with „Problem Child“ on the B-side.

Talking about delays:
It took almost five years that „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ was also finally available in the USA. The LP hit the stores on 27th March 1981 – one year after the tragic death of singer Bon Scott. So it is not a big surprise that many people were completely confused that time after the megaseller „Back in Black“ with the new singer Brian Johnson on vocals entered the charts worldwide.

Remarkable:
As already mentioned before, the cover of the two versions are completely different. The Australian edition features a comic drawing of Bon Scott and Angus Young (as you can see listed below). The international version has a cover from Hipgnoisis, an  English art design group based in London. This company did also remarkable sleeves for bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Genesis, just to name a few.

Lost song:
During the recording sessions for „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ the song „I’m a Rebel“ was recorded. The lyrics were written by the Young brothers Angus, Malcolm and Alex. Unfortunately this track was never released by AC/DC, but two versions appeared over the years: The German Metal band Accept covered this rarity for their album of the same name.


And finally also the version with Alex Young on lead vocals (backing by AC/DC and Bon Scott) can be found on the internet – here it is:


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AC/DC – High Voltage (International Release)

AC/DC (1976)

Mark Evans, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, Malcolm Young

On the 30th May 1976 the AC/DC debut for all fans outside Australia was released – the international version of „High Voltage„.

Seven from the nine songs were taken from the Australian release „T.N.T.“, the tracks „She’s got Balls“ (with Peter Clack on drums) and „Little Lover“ (John Proud on drums) are originally from the Australian debut album „High Voltage„.

Remarkable:
The LP was released in two different covers – the UK version features a drawing of Bon Scott and Angus Young (as you see listed below).


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AC/DC – High Voltage (Australian Edition)

AC/DC (1975)

Bon Scott, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young

On the 17th February 1975, the AC/DC debut “High Voltage” was released in Australia. It’s still a collector’s item because the international version of this album is completely different, which features only the two songs “She’s got Balls” and “Little Lover”. Four more tracks were available later for the fans outside Australia on the EP “’74Jailbreak” in 1984. There you can find the rarities “You ain’t got a hold on me”, “Show Business”, “Soul Stripper” and the cover “Baby, please don’t go“. At least, the last two tunes from the Australian version of “High Voltage, the tunes “Stick around” and “Love Song”,  were finally released on the international compilation “Backtracks” (2009).


All eight songs were recorded in November 1974 at the Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia. Produced by Vanda & Young (Harry Vanda and the older brother of Angus und Malcolm, George Young). The duo was a member of the successful popband The Easybeats and they were also the main songwriters for their big hit “Friday on My Mind” (1966).


While recording “High Voltage”, the line up of AC/DC was a different one: Beside the founding members Angus and Malcolm Young and singer Bon Scott, the rhythm section was not really founded yet. Rob Bailey was the bass player and the drums part were played by Tony Currenti, Peter Clack and John Proud.

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