Bon Scott

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Ronald Belford Scott (*July 91946; February 19 1980), better known as Bon Scott, was the lead singer and frontman of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC.

He was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland; his family relocated to Perth, Australia in 1952.

By 1970 Scott had already enjoyed some limited success in 60's rock and roll groups The Spektors and The Valentines, as a singer and sometimes a drummer as well. Both acts had started in Perth, far away from the Australian music industry centres of Sydney and Melbourne. The Valentines had toured Australia and also recorded songs by Harry Vanda and George Young of The Easybeats.

In the early 1970s Scott's Adelaide based progressive rock band Fraternity seemed to be well on its way to fame and fortune. In 1973, just after returning to Adelaide after touring England, Scott was seriously wounded in a motorcycle accident in which he lost his left testicle. Fraternity continued on without him but never achieved the kind of success Scott would enjoy with his next band.

The following year, while working as a roadie and part-time chauffeur in the Adelaide music scene, that Scott first met the members of AC/DC while they were on tour. The band was driven by the brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, younger siblings of Scott's friend George Young of The Easybeats. Scott was amazed by the band's energy and drive, and the naive bandmates were, in turn, quite taken with the experienced frontman. When singer Dave Evans got fired from AC/DC a few months later, the band knew who they wanted. Bon Scott joined AC/DC near the end of 1974.

Scott, known for his heavy drinking binges, was found dead in a friend's parked car outside his friend's apartment in south London. The official coroner's report stated that he had "Drunk himself to death." Meaning Bon suffocated on his own vomit, although the international press made false accusations about a drug overdose.

Scott is buried in Fremantle Cemetery's Memorial Garden in Australia, the town where he grew up. Template:Livedde:Bon Scott hu:Bon Scott sv:Bon Scott


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