George Young – co-founder of The Easybeats, half of the legendary songwriting partnership with Harry Vanda and producer of early AC/DC albums – died on Monday, aged 70. He was the eldest brother of Malcolm and Angus Young.
George Young was born in Scotland in 1946 but emigrated to Australia with his family. In the ’60s he was a guitarist for the The Easybeats and co-wrote ‘Friday On My Mind’ with fellow Easybeat Harry Vanda. They became a formidable writing and production partnership and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988. Young also co-produced AC/DC’s early albums, including TNT, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap and Let There Be Rock.
A statement from AC/DC noted: “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.”