Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Claim to Fame
Singer and lyricist of AC/DC (1974 - 1980)
Place of Death
London, England, UK
Profile Bio Text
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, and moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family in 1952 at the age of six. Scott formed his first band, The Spektors, in 1964 and became the band`s drummer and occasional lead vocalist. He performed in several other bands including The Valentines and Fraternity before replacing Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974. In the July 2004 issue of Classic Rock, Scott was rated as number one in a list of the "100 Greatest Frontmen Of All Time" ahead of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.
AC/DC`s popularity grew throughout the 1970s, initially in Australia, and then internationally. Their 1979 album Highway to Hell reached the top twenty in the United States, and the band seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. However, on 19 February 1980, Scott died after a night of partying in London. AC/DC briefly considered disbanding, but the group quickly recruited vocalist Brian Johnson of the British glam rock band Geordie. AC/DC`s subsequent album, Back in Black, was released only five months later, and was a tribute to Scott. It went on to become the second best-selling album in history. Hit Parader ranked Scott as fifth on their 2006 list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of all time.
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Ronald Belford Scott
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Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams
Derek Belford, Graeme Belford, Sandy Scott (die at birth)
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 â€“ 19 February 1980) was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, with his family in 1952 at the age of six. The family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for four years before moving to Fremantle, Western Australia.
Cause of Death
Acute Alcohol Poisoning
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Music Genre (Text)
Rock and roll, blues rock, hard rock
Vocals, drums, bagpipes, recorder
AC/DC, Fraternity, The Valentines, The Spektors
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Date of Birth 9 July 1946, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, UK
Date of Death 19 February 1980, London, England, UK (asphyxiation)
Birth Name Ronald Belford Scott
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Ronald Belford Scott was born on July 9, 1946 in Kirriemuir, Scotland, UK. In 1952, the Scott family relocated to Australia. Bon's strong distaste for authority led him to quit his studies at the age of 15. Bon's earliest musical efforts were both on vocals and drums. His first "real" job in the music business was in a pop band called The Valentines, whose single "Every Day I Have To Cry" reached the top five of the local charts. On September 1969, however, The Valentines were arrested for dope possession which shattered their clean-cut image beyond repair, and the band officially called it quits a few months later. Within six months of The Valentine's dissolution, Bon joined a new blues-rock band called Fraternity; the efforts of the band to achieve some success in Europe were largely fruitless and they returned to Australia slightly disillusioned. After returning home, Bon was involved in a motorbike accident that left him in a coma for three days and in the hospital for several months, ending his association with Fraternity. Now based in Adelaide, Bon was reduced to taking on casual work until the day he was offered the chance to drive the bus for this new and really young rock band called AC/DC around. But Bon harboured ambitions to front the band. He persuaded the Young brothers that the band needed a better frontman and he suggested himself as the ideal replacement. And when former singer Dave Evans failed to turn up for a show, Bon seized his chance. With Bon Scott as a frontman, AC/DC got into sharp focus and the next five and a half years saw them getting more popular with each passing year, ultimately achieving world-wide success with their million-selling "Highway To Hell". The band's legendary status is believed to be largely due to the period spent with Bon Scott as the band's lead singer. Yet Bon Scott was also an excessive drinker and this would ultimately lead to tragedy. After a night of heavy drinking, Bon died in a car parked outside a friend's flat in South London sometime on February 19, 1980. He was prononced dead on arrival at Kings College Hospital. Bon Scott lies in the Fremantle Cemetery's Memorial Garden in Australia.
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Irene Thornton (24 January 1972 - 1978) (divorced)
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Distinctive raspy voice
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of AC/DC) on March 10, 2003.
Although it is widely believed that Bon was born in Kirriemuir, in reality, he came into this world some six miles away in the town of Forfar - at the Fyfe Jamieson Maternity Home to be precise.
Following his untimely death, he was cremated and his ashes were interred by his family at Fremantle Cemetery in Fremantle, Western Australia.
On February 24, 2008, a bronze statue of Scott was unveiled at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. The statue portrays Scott singing atop a Marshall amplifier.
Parents are Charles Belford "Chick" Scott and Isabella Cunningham Mitchell.
Has two younger brothers: Derek Scott (born 1949) and Graeme Scott (born 1953).
Personal Quotes (3)
[on the rock band AC/DC] I am the port with this band.
There was no vocal training in my background, just a lot of good whiskey.
I was married at the time when I first joined the band and my wife said: "Why don't you write a song about me?". So I wrote "She's got balls". Then she divorced me.
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