This Day In Music 31.03.2016
Angus McKinnon Young was born on March 31st, 1955, in Glasgow, Scotland and in 1963 he emigrated to Australia. His first guitar was an old banjo he restrung like a guitar. He played guitar- a real guitar- when he visited his friend's house. He once saw a guitar catalog, saw the Gibson SG, and said "That's my guitar!".
His first real guitar was an Hofner guitar he inherited from Malcolm Young, his brother. George Young, his other older brother, taught Malcolm and Angus guitar on his breaks from touring with his band, the Easybeats.
Prior to forming AC/DC, Young played in a local group called Kantuckee. This was the first band to record demo takes for Stevie Wrights classic "Evie" at the request of George Young. The band split and was later called Tantrum. He was 18 when he and his 20 year old brother Malcolm formed AC/DC in 1973 with Angus on lead guitar, Malcolm on rhythm guitar, Colin Burgess on drums, Larry Van Kriedt on bass and Dave Evans on vocals. Can I Sit Next To You Girl, their first single, was later re-recorded with Bon Scott as their vocalist.
AC/DC – Can I Sit Next To You Girl, 1973 (on vocals Dave Evans)
AC/DC - Can I Sit Next To You Girl, 1974 (on vocals Bon Scott)
Many say they got the name AC/DC after seeing the letters "AC/DC" on the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret. Others credit the name to George Young's wife, Sandra. Angus tried a number of stage costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang, before settling on his signature schoolboy look. To match this image the press and public were told that Young was born in 1959, not 1955. The original uniform was from his secondary school, Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney. By 1973, Angus had long left school. His sister Margaret suggested he wear the uniform after Malcolm asked each band member to come up with their own gimmick.
Angus Young was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 as a member of AC/DC. Watch below their induction performance
AC/DC - Highway To Hell, live
On 24 August 2006, Young received Kerrang! magazine's Legend Award from the editor, Paul Brannigan. Brannigan called AC/DC "one of the most important and influential rock bands in history.