George Young (rock musician)
|Birth name||George Redburn Young|
6 November 1946 |
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, piano|
|Years active||1964–92 (as musician)|
|Associated acts||The Easybeats, Marcus Hook Roll Band, AC/DC, Flash and the Pan|
George Redburn Young (born 6 November 1946) is an Australian musician, songwriter and record producer. Born in Scotland, he moved to Australia with his family as a teenager, and became a naturalised citizen. He is best known as a member of the 1960s Australian rock band The Easybeats, and as a co-writer of the international hits "Friday on My Mind" and "Love Is in the Air", the latter recorded by John Paul Young (no relation). Young was also the producer of some work by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, formed by his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.
George Young was born in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland. His father was William Young, and his mother Margaret (her maiden name was also Young); the family emigrated to Australia in 1963. George's elder brother Alex was later a member of the group Grapefruit. His eldest brother Stephen was the father of Stevie Young, who joined AC/DC in 2014.
Starting his career in Sydney, and attending Sefton High School as his secondary school, George Young first achieved international success in the 1960s as the rhythm guitarist in the band The Easybeats; Young co-wrote nearly all of their songs, first with singer Stevie Wright, then later with lead guitarist Harry Vanda. In 2007, Australian Musician magazine selected the meeting of Vanda and Young in a Sydney migrants hostel in 1964 as the most significant event in Australian pop and rock music history.
After the band dissolved in 1970, Vanda & Young concentrated on writing and producing pop and rock songs for other recording artists, and for themselves under various stage names, most notably Flash and the Pan. One such recording studio-based group was Marcus Hook Roll Band, with his brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.
With Vanda and businessman Ted Albert, he formed Albert Productions in Sydney in 1973. He also helped his younger brothers with their AC/DC band project, that went on to become a massive success internationally. George Young famously declared to his younger brothers "that he didn't believe a band can ever call itself a band until it's done at least 200 gigs". He became famous by co-producing AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, John Paul Young and many other acts. He co-produced AC/DC's early albums, such as Let There Be Rock, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T., Powerage and High Voltage, and played as AC/DC's bass guitarist for a short stint, early in their career. He produced AC/DC's 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip.
In 1988 he was inducted, along with Harry Vanda, into the inaugural class of the ARIA Hall of Fame. After retiring from the music industry in the late 1990s, George Young resides mainly in Portugal with his family.
Selected list of Vanda and Young productions
Selected list of Vanda and Young songs
- "Friday On My Mind" – The Easybeats (1966) Aust #1, US #16, UK #6, also recorded by David Bowie and Gary Moore
- "Good Times" – The Easybeats, INXS with Jimmy Barnes
- "Love Is in the Air" – John Paul Young (1978) Aust #2, US #7, UK #5
- "Walking in the Rain" – Flash and the Pan, Grace Jones
- "Evie - Parts 1, 2 & 3" – Stevie Wright, Pat Travers Band, The Wrights
- "Hey St. Peter" – Flash and the Pan
- "Waiting for a Train" – Flash and the Pan (1983) UK #7
- Wall, Mick (2012). AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be. London: Orion Publishing group. ISBN 9781409115359.
- Australia's great rock moments
- Clinton Walker. Highway To Hell. - Chapter 8 - "The Young's". (ISBN 0 330 36377 8).
- Hall of Fame Archived 26 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- John Tait. Vanda & Young, Inside Australia's Hit Factory. UNSW Press, Australia, 2010. (ISBN 978 1 74223 217 1)