19 February 1980
On this day in 1980 the lifeless body of Ronald Belford Scott (Bon Scott), front man of iconic Australian Hard Rock outfit AC/DC, was found by Alistair Kinnear outside 67 Overhill Road, East Dulwich, South London in Kinnear’s Renault 5 having drowned in his own vomit after a night of heavy drinking at a London club, the Music Machine.
Ronald Belford Scott was born on 9 July 1946 in Forfar, Scotland. His family emigrated to Australia in 1952 and initially settled in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine before moving to Fremantle, Western Australia in 1956.
In 1974 Bon Scott, as he had been dubbed whilst at school in Sunshine, became the front man of legendary Australian rockers AC/DC. He took AC/DC from a band with regional popularity in Australia to international rock stardom appearing on the studio albums
- High Voltage
- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
- Let There Be Rock
- Powerage; and
- Highway to Hell
The band had just finished laying down tracks for their next album Back in Black when Scott died. It was not until 5 months later that the album was finally released in tribute to Scott with the tracks Hells Bells and Back in Black being dedicated to Bon Scott’s memory.
Since its release Back in Black has become the third biggest selling album of all time behind Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Each year on 18 February pilgrimages are made by AC/DC fans and fans of Bon Scott to Fremantle Cemetary in Western Australia to pay their respects to Bon Scott. His grave site has become a cultural landmark; the National Trust of Australia has decreed his grave important enough to be included on the list of classified heritage places. It is reportedly the most visited grave in Australia.
Rest in Peace Bon Scott – a true Australian Rock icon and dead set legend.