George Young, Former Member Of The Easybeats Dies Aged 70
The Easybeats guitarist and songwriter George Young has died.
The 70-year-old's death was confirmed by his Australian music publishing and recording house Alberts in an online statement on Monday.
"It is with great sadness that Alberts acknowledge the passing of George Young," the statement read.
ARIA would like to send its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fans of Easybeats guitarist/songwriter and record producer George Young, who has passed away, aged 70. pic.twitter.com/KmM617VbLp— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) October 23, 2017
AC/DC said in a statement the band wouldn't exist without Young's "help and guidance".
George Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland, with his family emigrating to Australia in 1963.
George shot to fame with The Easybeats in the mid 60's, he co-wrote almost all of their songs, first with singer Stevie Wright (who passed away in 2015) then later with lead guitarist Harry Vanda.
When the band broke up in 1970, Vanda & Young concentrated on writing and producing pop and rock songs for other recording artists, as well as occasionally for themselves under various stage names, most notably as Flash & The Pan.
He then helped his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus producing their fledgling group, the legendary AC/DC.
He also produced early hits for Rose Tattoo, The Angels, John Paul Young and many other acts.
George Young (far right) with the Easybeats in 1966
George Young RIP What a huge loss for music. A great songwriter, producer and a great human being— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) October 23, 2017