Ronald Belford Scott (Kirriemuir, Scotland, July 9, 1946 - London, 19 February 1980), better known as Bon Scott was the singer, frontman and main songwriter of Australian hard rock band AC / DC.
After his first band, The Spektors, formed The Valentines as co-singer with Vince Lovegrove. The Valentines recorded several songs written by George Young of the Easybeats including "Every Day I Have To Cry" which entered the top 5 local. During his stay in the group, Bon was one of the first Australian rockers to be charged with possession of marijuana. Scott moved to Adelaide where he joined the band Fraternity at which recorded (after moving to Sydney) two LPs, "My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man" and "Flaming Galah", and toured Europe in 1971.
In 1973, shortly after returning from their tour to England, the Fraternity entered a phase of stagnation. During this period, Scott began playing with a band called Peter Head's Mount Lofty Rangers, was just as he was returning from a session with them that Scott had a motorcycle accident in which he was severely wounded. Fraternity I ended up getting together, but without Scott.
The following year, Bon played some casual work in the music scene in Adelaide, and met for the first time the members of AC / DC while working as a driver. The leader of the band were the brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, younger siblings of the friend of Scott, George Young. Scott was immediately impressed by the energy and power expressed by the band, and the young AC / DC were, in turn, fascinated by the expert frontman. When AC / DC fired their original singer (Dave Evans), Scott replaced him.
At the head of AC / DC, Bon was, for better or for worse, the most charismatic frontman that Australia had ever had. His way of being on stage hard and insolent, made him an icon from the "macho" who admired the boys and the girls loved.
Scott did not live to see his 34th birthday. He died in London on 19 February 1980, by asphyxiation, suffocated by his own vomit after a night of excess, it was said that he had drunk 7 Jack Daniel's double. Was found in the backseat of a car (a Renault 5), where it was left by his friend to recover from the night before.
After his death, the English singer Brian Johnson took his place and AC / DC recorded the album Back in Black, which became the biggest selling hard rock album of all time.
Scott is buried in the cemetery of the picturesque Fremantle.
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