Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC producer George Young — brother of Malcolm and Angus Young — has died at the age of 70, according to Rolling Stone. Young, who briefly played bass for the band, co-produced with fellow Easybeat Harry Vanda, such timeless AC/DC albums as High Voltage (1975), T.N.T. (1975), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976), Let There Be Rock (1977), Powerage (1978), and If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978). Vanda and Young returned to fold to produce 1987’s Blow Up Your Video, and George alone produced 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip.
AC/DC released a statement regarding George’s death, which reads: “It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC. As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.”
Malcolm Young told us a while back that his brother George’s success with the Easybeats took him and Angus by surprise: “We never really listened, ’cause they’d just go off and practice. Y’know, it wasn’t until I heard a record — he came home with it, and it was really good. It sorta happened without us seeing it growing, y’know what I mean? The next thing, it was Number One (laughs) in Australia, y’know? We thought, ‘Geez, how did this happen?'” .”
Harry Vanda and George Young also wrote and produced John Paul Young’s 1978 Top 10 pop hit “Love Is In The Air” and “Yesterday’s Hero” — which was covered by the Bay City Rollers.
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