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AC/DC with Bon Scott - The Original Lead Singer

Updated on October 24, 2014

Bon Scott or Brian Johnson?

Many AC/DC fans still remember Bon Scott the lead vocalist before Brian Johnson. When Bon Scott died, in 1980, many fans felt like no one could have replaced him, and some are still missing Bon in the band after so many years, and so many great albums. Who knows what the band would have become, if he was still alive today.

I personally love some of AC/DCs hits better in Bon Scotts interpretation, than Brians, although their stage voices were quite similar. But Ill have to admit, Brians voice is better for other songs.

Many fans believe Bon was the original lead singer of the AC/DC, but in fact he was the second, having replaced the founding member Dave Evans in 1974.

Photo credit: Elfast via Wikimedia.org

Highway to Hell Album with Bon Scott

Highway to Hell
Highway to Hell

Many AC/DC fans wonder why Back in Black is considered their best album. They question this not because Back in Black is not a great album, but because Highway to Hell is even better. So what if the former had 50 million copies sold, for hardcore AC/DC fans Highway to Hell is the best album. I think that this might have something to do with Bon Scott being the vocalist ta that time, but I can't be sure.

 
Bon Scott - Ac/Dc
Bon Scott - Ac/Dc

Who Is Bon Scott?

Bonn Scott's name actually is Ronald Belford Scott, and he was born in 1946 in Scotland. Bon Scott had a troubled youth, dropping out of the school at 15, paying a couple of visits to penitentiary institutions. One of the charges was that he had "unlawful carnal knowledge".

He started singing with The Spektors, and then sang with The Valentines, and The Fraternity, to end up with the AC/DC in 1974. He replaced Dave Evans, who never tasted the fame with the band, having recorded only one single before his departure. Soon after Bon Scott joined the band, AC/DC had a tremendous success, releasing High Voltage, the band's first LP.

The story behind Dave Evans's departure is cloudy, however there are two versions of the reason. One reason is that Evans missed a show, story that is dismissed by the original lead singer. The other version is that Dave Evans was not fit as a frontman for the group, as his musical direction was different that the band's one. I'll let you be the judge of this by listening "Can I Sit Next To You Girl?", performed by the two singers.

Rock publications consider Bon Scott in the top ten list of the greatest rock lead singers. In many AC/DC fans' opinion he is the one and only frontman. He used to refer about himself as the lightning between the AC and DC, and many of AC/DC fans believed so.

Bon Scott or Brian Johnson?

Which AC/DC Frontman Do You Prefer, Bon Scott or Brian Johnson?

AC/DC with Dave Evans - Can I Sit Next To You Girl Video

AC/DC - Can I Sit Next To You Girl the Bon Scott version

Back in Black

Back in Black
Back in Black

Back in Black is the second most sold music album in the history. This tells you something about the album. It is the best hard-rock music, period, and the best rock music album. With lyrics that can be categorized as juvenile, and puerile, with screaming arrogance all over, it is absolutely contagious, even for people who listen AC/DC for the first time.Written soon after Bon Scott's death, Back in Black was immensely influenced by him, and it is a tribute brought to the former frontman, and a statement of the new lead vocalist.Even though the album was launched months after Bon's death, we can say that he participated to its release.

 
Brian Johnson - Photo Credit: MATT BECKER
Brian Johnson - Photo Credit: MATT BECKER

Bon Scott Died In 1980

Brian Johnson the New Frontman of AC/DC

Bon loved life, and he was known to party a lot, he usually left parties heavily intoxicated with alcohol. 19 February 1980 was no exception to his usual life, except this time it was fatal. After returning from the London's club Music Machine with his friend, he slept in the car rather than going in the house. In the next morning Bon Scott was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The cause of his death is unclear, a few reasons being vehiculated. No matter the real cause of his death, it looks like it was due to the alcohol poisoning.

When Bon died, AC/DC was working at their new album Back in Black. He actually helped with two of the songs on the album that was going to be the second best selling album in the world. The album was a tribute to Bon Scott.

After his death, Brian Johnson replaced Scott in the band, interestingly enough, it was Scott who spoke to the other members of the band about Brian Johnson.

She's Got The Jack Video

She's Got The Jack with Bon Scott first video and with Brian Johnson the second video.

The song seems to be about a poker game, but in fact it about an STD, which is called in the Australian slang "The Jack". The story says that AC/DC was living in the house with a bunch of friendly ladies, and all the band got the jack. This inspired Bon to write the lyrics. The story goes that the ladies from the gang were at the concert when "The Jack" was first played, and obviously, they had first row seats. When Bon sang the song, and it was the part where he had to repeat "She's got the jack", he started to point at all of the gang's ladies, one after the other. After that concert, all the girls would run to the back whenever "The Jack" was sung.

High Voltage (Original Recording Remastered)

High Voltage is maybe one of the greatest albums, yet not enough known to the public. Any one of the nine pieces in the album is a great tune by itself. The American release of the album is actually a compilation of the High Voltage the Australian version and TNT the Australian version. The result is an extremely high quality condensed album, that you can play on forever without getting bored.

High Voltage
High Voltage

Track ListIt's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll) Rock'n'Roll Singer The Jack Live Wire T.N.T. Can I Sit Next To You Girl Little Lover She's Got Balls High Voltage

 

AC/DC - T.N.T.

Here are two interpretations of TNT, first one with Bon Scott, second one with Brian Johnson.

I actually like more the Brian Johnson's version, although Bon sings it great too.

Bon Scott Documentary

Rock Genesis in AC/DC's View - Let there be rock on YouTube

Interview with Bon Scott - 15 Minutes with Bon Scott - 1977

A 15 minutes interview with Bon Scott in two parts.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @AbuHuraira_93: Thanks for reading. I love it too. LOL

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      AbuHuraira_93 4 years ago

      Really Good Page .... :)

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting Karin. It bring great memories for me too.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @Rhonda Lytle: Added on the list, the list is public though, you should be able to add items.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @buffychester: Added to the list, thanks for the suggestion.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great fun page - brought back some great memories!

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      Bigwas 4 years ago from Philippines

      I am not into rock thing, but this lens seems pretty nice to me.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Love ACDC. Here's another, "If You Want Blood."

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      buffychester 4 years ago

      you forgot my favorite in your list, 'Big Balls"

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I was not familiar with individual members of this band. I do recognize many of the songs that were popular.