Bon Scott Autographs Signed ACDC Memorabilia
Authentic Bon Scott Autographs Signed ACDC Memorabilia. Genuine signed autographs of AC/DC front man Bon Scott.
Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian singer and songwriter, best known for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980.
Scott was born in Forfar in Angus, Scotland, and spent his early years in Kirriemuir. He moved to Australia with his family in 1952 at the age of six, living in Melbourne for four years before settling in Fremantle, Western Australia.
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. AC/DC’s popularity grew throughout the 1970s, initially in Australia, and then internationally. Their 1979 album Highway to Hell reached the top 20 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 out in London with former musician and alleged drug dealer Alistair Kinnear.
AC/DC briefly considered disbanding, but the group recruited vocalist Brian Johnson of the British glam rock band Geordie. AC/DC’s subsequent album, Back in Black; released only five months later, and was a tribute to Scott. It went on to become the second-best-selling album in history.
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”. Hit Parader ranked Scott as fifth on their 2006 list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of all time.
On 15 February 1980, Scott attended a session where Malcolm and Angus Young; were working on the beginnings of two songs that would later be recorded on the Back in Black album: “Have a Drink On Me” and “Let Me Put My Love Into You” with Scott accompanying on drums rather than singing or writing lyrics.
Days earlier, Scott had gone with Mick Cocks to visit their friends the French group Trust; in the Scorpio Sound studio in London where they recorded the album Répression; Scott was working on the English adaptation of texts by Bernie Bonvoisin for the English version of the album. During this visit, the musicians did a jam session of “Ride On”. This improvised session was Scott’s last recording.
Some time during the late evening of 18 February and early morning of 19 February, Scott passed out and died at the age of 33. He had just visited a London club called the Music Machine (currently known as KOKO). Left to sleep in a Renault 5 owned by his friend Alistair Kinnear, at 67 Overhill Road in East Dulwich. Later that day, Kinnear found Scott lifeless, and alerted the authorities. Scott, taken to King’s College Hospital in Camberwell, where pronounced dead on arrival. The official report of the coroner concluded that Scott had died of “acute alcohol poisoning” and classified it as “death by misadventure”.
The chronology of events on 19 February and when exactly Scott was found dead has been challenged by Jesse Fink’s 2017 book Bon; The Last Highway, which quotes late UFO guitarist Paul Chapman as having been informed early that morning by Scott’s friend Joe Fury that Scott is dead. Kinnear said he found Scott in the evening. Chapman claims Scott and Fury were with him the previous evening of 18 February; and Bon Scott autographs left his apartment to buy heroin, never to return.
Fink’s book also reveals Scott and Kinnear were not alone in East Dulwich but with a third person; Zena Kakoulli, who stayed over at Kinnear’s apartment while Scott remained in the parked Renault. An updated edition of Fink’s book released in 2018 produces new evidence that a fourth individual; Kakoulli’s husband the rock musician Peter Perrett, also with Bon Scott signed memorabilia, Kinnear and Kakoulli. Fink contends that pulmonary aspiration of vomit was the cause of Scott’s death via a suspected heroin overdose; but the official cause was listed on the death certificate as “acute alcohol poisoning” and classified as “death by misadventure”. As part of the funeral arrangements, Scott’s body embalmed by Desmond Henley; it was later cremated, and Scott’s ashes were interred by his family at Fremantle Cemetery in Fremantle.
Shortly after Scott’s death, the remaining members of AC/DC briefly considered quitting; however; eventually decided that Scott would have wanted them to continue, and, with the Scott family’s encouragement; the band hired Brian Johnson as their new vocalist. Five months after Scott’s death, AC/DC finished the work they began with Scott and released Back in Black as a tribute to him. The issue of whether Scott’s lyrics used, uncredited, on the album remains an enduring topic of debate. In Fink’s Bon: The Last Highway, Scott’s girlfriends Silver Smith (who died in 2016) and “Holly X” (a pseudonym) both claim Scott wrote the song “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
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