Legendary Australian songwriter George Young dead at 70

Bessie Dean
October 24, 2017

Australian musician and songwriter George Young, who notched a long and distinguished career as a key creative force in the influential rock band the Easybeats and as co-producer of the career-defining albums of his brothers' hard rock group AC/DC, died early Monday at 70.

AC/DC said in a statement the band would not exist without Young's "help and guidance". During the next decade, Young launched his production company and worked with his brothers on their new band.

As brothers, Angus and Malcom wrote, "You could not ask for a finer brother".

Young was born November 6, 1946, in Glasgow, Scotland. The Easybeats were known as a down-under 60s counterpart to the Beatles and established him as a star before AC/DC took the rock world by storm in the 1970s.

The man with the Midas touch in the studio, Young helmed most of the early recordings for the legendary Albert Music including albums for AC/DC, The Angels, Rose Tattoo and Ted Mulry gang.

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AC/DC stated via their Facebook account, "It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young".

After confirming Young's death, an Australian publishing house, Alberts, released a statement referring to him as a prolific songwriter and innovative producer.

The two met while staying at Villawood, which was then a hostel for migrants awaiting placement in Sydney, according to the Guardian. The pair were inducted into the inaugural Aria hall of fame in 1988, and the Easybeats followed in 2005.

The first single Hey St Peter would reach the top 5 of the Australian charts.

Young will also be remembered as an immensely talented songwriter, and is responsible for dozens of 1970s hits such as John Paul Young's Love Is In The Air and Yesterday's Hero. "They were just so talented".

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