One Day in Your Life – 19 February 1980

On this day, when we were in Year 7, the rock world lost a legend.  Bon Scott, frontman of AC/DC, was found dead in a friend’s car in London after a typical hard night of drinking.

Ronald Belford Scott was born on 9 July 1946 in Scotland, the first child of Charles (Chick) and Isabelle (Isa) Scott.  The family emigrated to Australia in 1952 and took up residence in Sunshine, Melbourne. Bon attended Sunshine Primary School and it was there he received his nickname.  There was already a boy  named Ronald and, as he had recently arrived from Bonnie Scotland,  he was dubbed “Bon” and the name stuck.

In 1956, the family moved to Fremantle, WA where Bon joined the associated Fremantle Scots Pipe Band, learning the drums.  After being a member of  a couple of other groups, including The Spektors (1964) and The Valentines (1966),  Bon moved to Adelaide SA in 1970 and joined the progressive rock band Fraternity. Before touring the UK in 1971, the band changed its name to “Fang”. It was during this time they supported Status Quo and Geordie.  Interestingly it was Geordie’s  front man Brian Johnson who became the lead singer of AC/DC after Bon’s death.  In 1974 Bon auditioned for AC/DC with the idea of becoming the band’s drummer.  He was chosen to replace vocalist Dave Evans, who was more of  glam rocker in style. While the band wasn’t immediately successful, after they played their first gig with Bon at Brighton-le-Sands Masonic Hall, the rest (as they say) is history.

Bon Scott’s grave is the most visited grave in Australia and has  been classified by the National Trust of Austalia.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/people/bon-scott-lives-on/2006/02/16/1140037818219.html

In October 2008 a statue of Bon standing on top of  a Marshall amp was installed at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

This link – http://imageevent.com/publicgallery/events/bonscotttribute000?p=11&n=1&m=-1&c=3&l=0&w=4&s=0&z=3 shows the text of the inscription

I am really enjoying the hype surrounding AC/DC’s first concerts in Australia in eight years.  This afternoon Triple M played a compilation of classic Acca Dacca tracks in Bon’s honour on this 30th anniversary of his death.  I don’t know who enjoyed it more – me or my rock guitarist son, who asked that we play our vinyl copy of Back in Black first when we got a new turntable last year!

RIP Bon and thanks for the rock

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