This Day In Hard Rock. AC/DC
Happy birthday to Brian Johnson, AC/DC’s sharp voice, 69 today!
Born on October 5, 1947, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, Johnson sang with a church choir as a youngster, but like zillions of other teenagers of the '60s, was taken by rock & roll. In early 1972, he formed his first serious rock band, USA. Just a few months later, the band changed their name to Geordie and focused on hitting it big in the then-thriving U.K. glam rock scene. The band scored several hits in their homeland, including the Top Ten ‘All Because of You’ and the Top 20 ‘Can You Do It’.
Although the glam scene was fading rapidly by the mid-'70s, Geordie continued to play around England, but ultimately decided to call it a day by 1976. Johnson spent the next few years away from music, but eventually re-formed Geordie in 1980. Just as the band had signed a new record contract, AC/DC asked Johnson if he'd like to try out for the vacant lead vocalist position (singer Bon Scott died in February 1980 from alcohol poisoning). Johnson quickly passed the audition and was offered the slot. Putting his Geordie days behind him. His first release with AC/DC, 1980's classic ‘Back in Black’, became a monster hit right away. The album has become one of hard rock's all-time best-sellers over the years and pushed the band over the top globally... "and the rest is rock and roll history".