After almost 40 years of hits, lulls and comebacks, the business of AC/DC, Australia’s biggest ever rock export, is still in commanding shape.
Scottish immigrants to Aussie icons, AC/DC and its birth began in Australia, and before that Glasgow, Scotland, where Angus and Malcolm Young, the musical core of the band , were born (in 1958 and 1953, respectively).
In 1963, the Young family migrated to Sydney, Australia, where music would make its mark on the brothers. (As a member of the Easybeats, Angus and Malcolm's older sibling, George Young, was responsible for one of Australia's first international hits, "Friday On My Mind," in 1966. From 1974 through 2000, George and musical collaborator, Harry Vanda, produced a number of AC/DC albums including "High Voltage,," "T.N.T.," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Let There Be Rock," "If You Want Blood You've Got It," "Powerage," "'74 Jailbreak," "Who Made Who," "Blow Up Your Video," and "Stiff Upper Lip.")
The origin of the band's name came from the electrical safety plate on the Young family's vacuum cleaner.
Since forming in 1973, AC/DC's high voltage rock 'n' roll has flowed out into the world via consistently sold-out concert tours and global sales totaling more than 200 million albums and counting. Sony BMG Music Entertainment's #1 best-selling catalog act worldwide,
AC/DC has sold nearly 80 million albums in the U.S. alone, making AC/DC one of the five top-selling bands in American music history.
In 1980, the band began work on a new album that would eventually become Back in Black, but Bon Scott would not live to see the project being finished. On 19 February 1980, Scott passed out in the car on the way back to friend Alistair Kinnear's house after a night of heavy drinking at the Music Machine club in London. Pulmonary aspiration of vomit was the cause of Scott's death, and the official cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure".
Following Scott's death, the band briefly considered quitting; they eventually concluded, however, that Scott would have wanted AC/DC to continue, and various candidates were considered for his replacement, including Buzz Shearman, ex-Moxy member, who was not able to join because of voice problems, ex-Back Street Crawler vocalist Terry Slesser and ex-vocalist of Slade, Noddy Holder. The remaining AC/DC members finally decided on ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson.