|Brith Name: Ronald Belford Scott|
Born: 9 July 1946
Died: 19 February 1980 (aged 33)
|Genre(S): Hard Rock, Blues-Rock,Rock And Roll,Heavy-Metal,Progressive Rock|
|Years Active: 1964 - 1980|
|Associated acts: AC/DC, Fraternity, The Valentimes, The Spektors|
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) Was An Australian Rock Musican, Best Known For Being The Lead Singer And Lyricist Of Australian Hard Eock Band AC/DC Form 1974 Until His Death In 1980. He Was Bron In Kirriemuir, Scotland, And Emigrated To Melbourne, Australia With His Family In 1952 At The Age Of Six.
Scott formed his first band,The Spektors , in 1964 and became the band's Drummer and occasional lead vocalist. He performed in several other bands including The Valentimes and Fraternity before replacing Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974.
AC/DC's popularity grew throughout the 1970s, initially in Australia, and then internationally. Their 1979 album Highway To Hell reached the top twenty in the United States, and the band seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. However, on 19 February 1980, Scott died after a night of partying in London. AC/DC briefly considered disbanding, but the group quickly recruited vocalist Brian Johnson of the British Glam Rock Band Geordie. AC/DC's subsequent album, Back In Black, was released only five months later, and was a tribute to Scott. It went on to become the Second Best Selling Album In History.
Bon Scott was born in Kirriermuir Scotland on the 9th of July 1946 to Charles and Isabelle Scott. A younger brother Derek was born in 1949.The Scott family emigrated to Australia in 1952 where they initially lived in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. It was at Sunshine Primary School that he received his nickname; there was already a classmate with the name Ronald and as he had recently arrived from Bonnie Scotland he was dubbed "Bon" and the name stuck. A second brother, Graeme, was born in 1953.
In 1956, the family moved to Fremantel, Westem Australia and Bon joined the associated Fremantle Scots Pipe Band, learning the drums. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and spent a short time in Fremantle Poison'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 Kowleage and stealing twelve gallons of petrol. He attempted to join the Australian Army but was rejected for being deemed as "socially maladjusted.
Early career Edit
After working as a postman, bartender and truck packer, Scott started his first band, The Spektors, in 1964 as drummer and occasional lead singer,Two years later the Spektors merged with another local band, The Winstons, and formed The Valentimes, in which Scott was co-lead singer with Vince Lovegrove. The Valentines recorded several songs written by George Young Of The Easybeats including "Every Day I Have to Cry" which made the local Top 5. In 1970, 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.
Scott moved to Abelaide in 1970 and joined the Progressive Rock band Fraternity. Fraternity released the LPs Livestock and Flaiming Galah before touring the U.K. in 1971, where they changed their name to "Fang". During this time they played support slots for Status Quo And Geordie, whose front man, Brian Johnson , became the lead singer of AC/DC after Scott's death.
In 1973, just after returning to Australia from another tour of the UK, Fraternity went on hiatus. In this period, Scott began singing in a band named "Mount Lofty Rangers" which was formed by other ex-Fraternity members. However, after leaving a Rehearsal with Mount Lofty Rangers, Scott suffered serious injuries from a motorcycle accident and subsequently left the band. Fraternity however, later reformed and replaced Scott with Jimmy Barnes
With AC/DC Edit
In 1974 Scott was working as a driver and general hand in Abelide. He then met the touring members of AC/DC, including brothers Angus And Malcom Young . At that time, AC/DC's lead singer was Dave Evans , but soon the Young brothers decided that Evans was not a suitable frontman for the group as they felt he was more of a Galm Rocker Like Gary Glitter Scott, who had become the band's driver, expressed an interest in becoming their drummer, but the band kept telling him they didn't need a drummer, they needed a singer.
Bon Scott replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in September 1974. With the Young brothers as Lead And Rhythm guitarists, drummer Tony Currenti (see AC/DC Lineup) and George Young as a temporary Bassist, AC/DC released High Voltage, their first LP in Australia in February 1975. The song Its a long way to the top (If you wanna rock and roll) on the High Voltage album is the only AC/DC song used with bag pipes by Bon Scott and other bag pipe players. 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 was a compilation of tracks from the first two albums, also entitled High Voltage, and 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 U.K. and in March 1981 in the U.S., with a different tracklist. 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 (who had replaced Mark Evans), and with its harder riffs , followed the blueprint set by Let There Be Rock. The album was the last produced by Harry Vanda and George Young with Bon Scott on vocals and is claimed to be AC/DC's most underrated album. Only one single was released for Powerage — "Rock 'N Roll Dammation" — and gave AC/DC their highest chart position at the time, reaching #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) 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 U.S. top 100, eventually reaching #17, and it propelled AC/DC into the top ranks of hard rock acts
On 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, 33 at the time, passed out after a night of heavy drinking in a London club called the Music Machine (hosted at the Camden Palace currently known as the KOKO). He was left to sleep in a car owned by an acquaintance named Alistair Kinnear, at 67 Overhill Road in East Dulwich South London. The following afternoon, Kinnear found Scott lifeless, and alerted the authorities. Scott was rushed to King's College Hospital In Camberwell where he was pronounced Dead On Arrival. Pulmonary Pulmonary aspiration of vomit was the of Scott's death, and the official cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure".Scott was cremated and his ashes were interred by his family in Fremantle, Western Australia, the area to which they had moved when he was a boy.
Inconsistencies in media accounts of Scott's death (incorrect spelling of Alistair Kinnear's first name, amongst others) have been cited in conspiracy theories, which suggest that Scott died of a heroin overdose, or was killed by exhaust fumes redirected into the car, or that Kinnear did not exist. Additionally, Scott was asthmatic, and the temperature was below freezing on the morning of his death. Ozzy Osbourne states in the documentary Don't Blame Me that Scott actually died of hypothermia. The coroner had no such doubts based on the medical facts.
Shortly after his death,AC/DC briefly considered quitting, but later felt that Scott would have wanted them to continue and, after the blessings of Bon's family, hired Brian Johnson as the new vocalist. Angus Young stated in an interview with VH1 that Scott's mother, whom all the band members personally knew, heartily approved of the band continuing, and felt that it was the only way to properly remember her son and their bandmate. Five months after Scott's death, AC/DC recorded Back In Black as a tribute to him. Two tracks from the album, "Hells Bells" and "Back in Black (Song)" were also dedicated to his memory. The French rock band Trust wrote their hit song "Antisocial" in memory of Scott in 1980. Ozzy dedicated "Suicide Solution" to him. This song is known for alleged subliminal messages about suicide, but Ozzy stated it was only a tribute to the singer.
Scott's ashes were interred in Fremantle Cemetery and his grave site has become a cultural landmark; more than 28 years after Scott's death, the National Trust of Australia decreed his grave important enough to be included on the list of classified heritage places. It is reportedly the most visited grave in Australia. On 9 July 2006, the plaque was stolen from the site.
Posthumous events Edit
AC/DC released a box set named Bonfire as a tribute to Scott on 18 November 1997. It contains four albums; a remastered version of Back In Black; a "rarities" album with alternate takes, outtakes, and stray live cuts, Volts; and two live albums, Live from the Atlantic Studios and Let There Be Rock: The Movie Live In Paris.
Let There Be Rock: The Movie Live In Paris. is a double album which was recorded on December 9, 1979 at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, and was the soundtrack of the motion picture, AC/DC: Let There Be Rock.
AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Members of Scott's family joined the band at the podium to accept the honour in his place.
In 2003 Bon Scott's final studio album with AC/DC, 1979's Highway to Hell ranked 199 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Also in 2003 Bon Scott was added to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame despite not being in the band at the time.
In 2004 the song "Highway to Hell" that Bon Scott cowrote with Malcolm and Angus Young ranked 254 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In the July 2004 issue of UK magazine Classic Rock, Scott was rated as number one in a list of the "100 Greatest Frontmen," ahead of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.On 6 May 2006, the town of Kirriemuir in Scotland held a service and unveiled a Caithness stone slab commemorating the singer. A message was read from long time friend and fellow member of The Valentines, Vince Lovegrove in which he said:
On 24 February 2008, a bronze statue of Bon Scott was unveiled in Perth, Western Australia. The statue which portrays Scott atop a Marshall amplifier was installed at Fremantle fishing boat harbour in October 2008.
On 4 December 2008, Undercover.com reported that a Bon Scott movie was in the works. AC/DC representatives confirmed this report via their record company's band website.