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Best remembered as the original frontman of the legendary hard rock band AC/DC}, singer Bon Scott} was born Ronald Belford Scott} in Kirriemuir, Scotland on July 9, 1946. As a child he began performing in his father's pipe band, and following the family's relocation to Australia in 1952 he quit school at age 15, later playing in a local rock outfit called the Spektors}. By 1967 Scott} had joined the Melbourne-based group the Valentines}, making his recorded debut with the single "Everyday I Have to Cry; " the band soon emerged as one of the most popular on the Aussie circuit, in mid-1969 issuing an EP, My Old Man's a Groovy Old Man}. A drug bust destroyed the Valentines'} public image, however, and after cracking the national Top 30 with their 1970 single "Juliette" the band dissolved; Scott} soon joined the Sydney blues-rock unit Fraternity}, issuing the LP Livestock} in 1971. Flaming Galah} followed a year later; in 1973, however, Scott} was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him comatose for several months, during which time Fraternity} disbanded. After recovering he worked a series of odd jobs before recording a demo as a member of the short-lived Mount Lofty Rangers}; finally, in 1974 Scott} joined AC/DC}, recording the group's debut LP High Voltage} a year later. AC/DC's} ascent to international stardom culminated in 1979 when their LP Highway to Hell} reached the U.S. Top 20; however, on February 19, 1980 Scott} died in the wake of an all-night drinking binge, with the surviving members of the band tapping new vocalist Brian Johnson} to record the classic Back in Black} just a few months later. The 1997 AC/DC box set Bonfire} celebrated Scott's} contributions to their legacy. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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