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AC/DC


1946

AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott is born.

1947

AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson is born.

1953

Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, is born.

1959

Angus Young, lead guitarist for AC/DC, is born.

1973

Scottish-born brothers Angus and Malcolm Young perform their first show together at a Sydney, Australia, nightclub. They will select the name AC/DC for their band.

1975

AC/DC releases its first album, High Voltage, in its Australian homeland. The group’s second Aussie album, T.N.T., will be released before the year is out.

1976

AC/DC play their first live shows in England. The outing is dubbed the Lock Up Your Daughters Tour and includes an appearance at the Reading Rock festival.

1976

Having signed a worldwide contract with Atlantic Records, AC/DC’s first American album - High Voltage, a compendium of their first two Australian albums - is released.

1976

AC/DC’s third album, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, is released everywhere but the United States, where it will not see the light of day until 1981.

1977

AC/DC begins a marathon summer tour, opening for Black Sabbath in Europe, as a new album, Let There Be Rock, is released. Cliff Williams replaces Mark Evans on bass.

1978

AC/DC’s unleashes its fifth album, Powerage, followed less than half a year later by the group’s first live album, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It.

1978

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” becomes AC/DC’s first British hit single, reaching #24.

1979

AC/DC issues its breakthrough album, Highway to Hell, which becomes their first to sell over a million copies.

1980

Bon Scott, original vocalist for AC/DC, dies in London of asphyxiation after an all-night drinking binge. He is replaced in April by Brian Johnson.

1980

AC/DC’s Back in Black enters the Billboard chart for what will be a 131-week run. To date, the album has sold 19 million copies in the U.S.

1980

AC/DC cracks the U.S. Top Forty with “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

1981

AC/DC headlines the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donnington, England.

1981

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), featuring the anthemic title track, is released. It will be the first and only AC/DC album to top the U.S. chart - which it does for three weeks.

1984

AC/DC’s tenth anniversary is celebrated with the release of ’74 Jailbreak, a five-track mini-album that collects archival early songs unreleased in the U.S.

1986

AC/DC’s Who Made Who - a compendium of new and classic tracks, and the official soundtrack for the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive - is released.

1988

Blow Up Your Video, which reunites AC/DC with producers Harry Vanda and George Young, is released. “Heatseeker” becomes a sizable British hit, reaching #12.

1990

“Moneytalks,” AC/DC’s biggest American hit, enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #23. It’s from the album The Razors Edge, released in September.

1995

AC/DC releases Ballbreaker, their first studio album in five years. It marks the return of drummer Phil Rudd, who’d last played with them on 1983’s Flick of the Switch.

1997

The box set Bonfire, by AC/DC, appears. Containing live and unreleased material, it pays tribute to AC/DC’s early years, when the late Bon Scott was their singer.

2000

Stiff Upper Lip is released. The album, their first in five years, is among the strongest albums of their career.

2002

AC/DC signed a new deal with Sony Music, which commences with a comprehensive reissue series.

2003

AC/DC is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eighteenth annual induction dinner. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is their presenter.

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