born on 6/11/1947 in Cranhill, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
died on 23/10/2017
George Young (rock musician)
|George Young (rock musician)|
George Redburn Young (born 6 November 1946) is a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as a member of the Australian 1960s band The Easybeats, a co-writer of the international hits "Friday on My Mind" plus "Love Is in the Air". Young was also the producer of the hard rock band AC/DC, which features his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.
Born in the east end of Glasgow, Scotland, his father was William Young (1911-1985), and his mother Margaret (1913-1988) (her maiden name was also Young); emigrated to Australia in 1963. George's older brother Alex was later a member of the group Grapefruit. When the Young family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1963, Alex Young chose to remain in Britain to pursue musical interests. In 1967, Alexander formed and played bass in the London-based band Grapefruitinitially called "The Grapefruit"with three former members of Tony Rivers and the Castaways, John Perry, Geoff Swettenham, and Pete Swettenham.
Starting his career in Sydney, and attending Sefton High School as his secondary school, George Young first achieved international success in the 1960s as the rhythm guitarist in the band The Easybeats; Young co-wrote nearly all of their songs, first with singer Stevie Wright, then later with lead guitarist, Harry Vanda. In 2007, the Australian Musician magazine selected the meeting of Vanda and Young in a Sydney migrants hostel in 1964 as the most significant event in Australian pop and rock music history.
After the band dissolved in 1970, Vanda & Young concentrated on writing and producing pop and rock songs for other recording artists, and under various stage names, most notably Flash and the Pan. One such recording studio based group was their own Marcus Hook Roll Band, with brothers, Malcolm and Angus Young.
With Vanda and businessman Ted Albert, they formed Albert Productions in Sydney in 1973. He also helped his younger brothers with their AC/DC band/project that went on to become a massive success internationally. George Young famously declared to his younger brothers "that he didn't believe a band can ever call itself a band until it's done at least 200 gigs". He became famous by co-producing AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, John Paul Young and many other acts. He co-produced AC/DC's early albums, such as Let There Be Rock, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T., Powerage and High Voltage, and played as AC/DC's bass guitarist for a short stint, early in their career. He produced AC/DC's 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip.
In 1988 he was inducted, along with Harry Vanda, into the inaugural class of the ARIA Hall of Fame. After retiring from the music industry in the late 1990s, George Young resides mainly in Portugal with his family.
Selected list of Vanda and Young productions
Selected list of Vanda and Young songs
- "Friday On My Mind" - The Easybeats (1966) Aust #1, US #16, UK #6, also recorded by David Bowie and Gary Moore
- "Good Times" - The Easybeats, INXS with Jimmy Barnes
- "Love Is in the Air" - John Paul Young (1978) Aust #2, US #7, UK #5
- "Walking in the Rain" - Flash and the Pan, Grace Jones
- "Evie - Parts 1, 2 & 3" - Stevie Wright, Pat Travers Band, The Wrights
- "Hey St. Peter" - Flash and the Pan
- "Waiting for a Train" - Flash and the Pan (1983) UK #7
- 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Wall, Mick (2012). AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be, London: Orion Publishing group.
- Australia's great rock moments
- Clinton Walker. Highway To Hell. - Chapter 8 - "The Young's". (ISBN 0 330 36377 8).
- Hall of Fame
- John Tait. Vanda & Young, Inside Australia's Hit Factory. UNSW Press, Australia, 2010. (ISBN 978 1 74223 217 1)
- Albert Music: Easybeats Facts
|Brian Johnson Cliff Williams Angus Young Malcolm Young Phil Rudd|
|Bon Scott Dave Evans Mark Evans Chris Slade Simon Wright|
|Albums and videos|
|Studio albums: High Voltage (Aus.) T.N.T. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Aus.) High Voltage Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Let There Be Rock (Aus.) Let There Be Rock Powerage Highway To Hell Back in Black For Those About to Rock Flick of the Switch '74 Jailbreak Fly on the Wall Who Made Who Blow Up Your Video The Razors Edge Ballbreaker Bonfire Volts Stiff Upper Lip|
|Live albums: If You Want Blood Live Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition Live from the Atlantic Studios Let There Be Rock: The Movie|
|Films and videos: AC/DC: Let There Be Rock Fly on the Wall Who Made Who AC/DC Clipped Live At Donington For Those About To Rock No Bull Stiff Upper Lip Live Live '77 Toronto Rocks Family Jewels|
|Harry Vanda George Young Robert John "Mutt" Lange Bruce Fairbairn Rick Rubin|
|Past members of AC/DC ACDC Lane AC/DC remasters List of rare AC/DC songs List of tributes to AC/DC in popular culture Bon Scott Rarities In the Beginning|
Stevie Wright · Harry Vanda · George Young · Dick Diamonde · Snowy Fleet|
(Albert Productions, Aus)
|"For My Woman" · She's So Fine" · "Wedding Ring" · "Sad, Lonely and Blue " (1965) · "Women" · "Come and See Her" · "Sorry" · "Friday on My Mind" (1966) · "Do You Have a Soul" · "Heaven and Hell" · "The Music Goes Round My Head" (1967) · "Hello How Are You?" · "Good Times" · "Lay Me Down and Die" (1968) · " St. Louis" · "H.P. Man" (1969)|
|Studio albums||Easy · It's 2 Easy · Volume 3 · Vigil · Friends|
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