Songwriter, Easybeats member and ACDC producer dies aged 70 — George Young dead

George young of the EAsybeats dies

AC/DC shared the news of his death on Monday morning, with a touching statement posted on Facebook.

George Young's career in music took off as a rhythm guitarist in The Easybeats, who in the 1960s emerged from Sydney to find worldwide success as Australia's answer to The Beatles. He and fellow band alum Harry Vanda became two of Australia's best-known pop songwriters, before attracting still wider notice for their production work with AC/DC.

They were also successful songwriters, writing Love Is In The Air for John Paul Young in 1978 and Walking In The Rain for Flash And The Pan, a side project for Young and Vanda.

George Young, pioneering musician, producer, songwriter, and stone-cold genius, has passed away, aged 71.

George Young, the Scottish-born guitarist for Aussie rock icons The Easybeats and a member of the Vanda & Young songwriting duo, has died. "Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC", the statement reads.

He joined rock group The Easybeats as a rhythmic guitarist in the 1960s and co-wrote almost all of their songs.

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"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.

The Easybeats, whose hits included 1966 single Friday on My Mind, were Australia's first global rock'n'roll success story.

Young also played bass with AC/DC early in the band's career and went on to co-produce their albums High Voltage, T.N.T. He was again inducted as a member of The Easybeats in 2005. Their first single "For My Woman" was released in 1965.

"I love the story behind Hey St Peter, which Harry and George recorded as Flash and The Pan", John Paul Young said a year ago.

"George just picked up things you and I would say and turn them into songs".

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