George Young, who produced a number of AC/DC’s early albums and was the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young, has died. He was 70.
George Young’s death was confirmed via AC/DC’s website and released the following statement:
“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.”
At the time of publishing, a cause of death had not been released.
George was a member of the Easybeats, who are best known for their hits “Friday on My Mind” and “Love Is In The Air,” both of which he co-wrote. George, however, made his biggest musical impact behind the scenes with AC/DC.
Along with Harry Vanda, George would co-produce AC/DC’s beloved Bon Scott-fronted albums High Voltage (1976), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976), Let There Be Rock (1977) and Powerage (1978.) George would return to produce Blow Up Your Video (1988) and Stiff Upper Lip (2000.)
George Young’s immeasurable influence helped give the world AC/DC, and for that, there are not nearly enough cannons in the world to salute him.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.