Bon Scott

Ronald Belford "Bon " Scott ( born July 9, 1946 in Forfar, Angus, Scotland, † February 19, 1980 in London) was a British- Australian singer and songwriter. He achieved fame as the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC / DC from 1974 until his death in February 1980. Nickname "Bon " has its origins in the Scottish song Bonny Scotland, also known as instrumental to the AC/DC-Live- album is included. After his death, AC / DC dedicated to him with new singer Brian Johnson album Back in Black, which became known as the third most sold album in the music history.


Scott lived with his parents Charles and Isabelle Scott in Kirriemuir Scotland ( near Forfar ) until the family emigrated to Australia in 1952. First, they moved to Sunshine / Melbourne and 1956 to Fremantle, where Scott drums and bagpipes in the Coastal Scottish Pipe Band WA learned. He left school at the age of 15 and then slapped with various jobs as a postman, truck driver and bartender by.

His first artistic engagement with the band The Spektors, in which he sang both also played drums. In 1967 he moved to The Valentines, where he was co-lead singer and had his first chart success. After moving to Adelaide, he went to the psychedelic blues band Fraternity, where he sang and played flute. With this band he recorded two albums. In 1971, the band played a concert with Geordie, the volume of his later successor at AC / DC, Brian Johnson. In 1972, he married Irene Thornton, whom he had met after a concert. The marriage was childless and ended in divorce two years later. In early 1974, he survived a serious motorcycle accident.

Joining AC / DC

In 1974, Scott lead singer of AC / DC, replacing Dave Evans. According to the co- singer of Valentine, Vincent Lovegrove, he had Scott will give the band; but partly also to read, Scott became aware through a newspaper ad to AC / DC.

With successes like TNT, Whole Lotta Rosie and Highway to Hell Scott and AC / DC gained world fame.

Scott had a penchant for fast cars, like the Porsche 911 also notorious were his binge drinking. The extensive touring with AC / DC through Europe and the United States was Scott towards the end of the 1970s more and more often only with the help of stimulants and sedatives through. On the extended "Highway to Hell " world tour AC / DC played among others on September 1, 1979, together with the Scorpions, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet and The Who an open- air concert at the Nuremberg Zeppelin Field. Parts of the tour (including the concert in Paris) were filmed and released as a feature film " Let There Be Rock". The last live concert of AC / DC with Bon Scott was held in Southampton, England on 27 January 1980. There was even a television appearance in Madrid on 9 February 1980.

Last musical work and death

Only six days before his death, his last recording during a jam session with the band Trust in London, where she the AC / DC classic Ride On from 1976 was played.

In February 1980, while already started work on the new album in London, Scott went with his friend Alistair Kinnear on spree in London's Camden Town. When they ( the later " Camden Palace " ) from drove to the alcohol-rich evening of the Club " Music Machine " back home, Scott fell asleep in the back seat of Kinnear Renault 5. His friend wanted to Bon Scott in his apartment (15 Ashley Court, Westminster) bring, but could it not wake in the car and drove then to his home (67 Overhill Road, East Dulwich ), where he Scott overnight in the back seat of the car let her sleep. When he tried to wake him in the morning, he found the singer unconscious before - he was choking on his own vomit. In the nearby King's College Hospital, to which Alistair Kinnear Scott brought only his death could be diagnosed on arrival.

The official cause of death was given as " alcohol intoxication " or "accident." To some extent, however, argued that the death of Bon Scott by freezing in the car had occurred.


Scott was buried in Fremantle Cemetery 's Memorial Garden in Australia. The grave is now owned by the National Trust. Even thirty years after Scott's death, fans flock to his grave, hold there carousing and left in his memory the closures of their bottles on the grave plate ( see photo). Shortly before Scott's 60th birthday stolen Unknown end of June 2006, the plaque that had the family grave on the plate can be installed.