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Bon Scott

Bon Scott

Ronald Belford Scott (1946-1980) is remembered as Bon Scott, the lead vocalist of the Australian band AC/DC. Scott was born in Angus, Scotland but moved with his family to Australia in 1952. The family lived in Melbourne for 4 years and then relocated to Fremantle in Western Australia. He was nicknamed Bon while at North Fremantle Primary School. Following in the footsteps of his father, Bon joined the Fremantle Scots Pipe band where he learned to play drums and the rudiments of the pipes. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and took up a number of working jobs labouring jobs. In 1963, Bon Scott was sentenced to 9 months at the Riverbank Juvenile Institution for a number of offences. After his release, Scott was focused on becoming a rock star and set up his first band, the Spektors, in 1964. In 1970, he moved to Adelaide and joined the Fraternity. After returning to Australia from a tour of the UK in 1973 the band had a break and Scott sang with other groups around country South Australia. He then replaced Dave Evans the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974 and the band became highly successful. He died on 19 February 1980 not long after AC/DC's Highway to Hell tour.