(New York Daily News) George Young, the decades-long music man known for producing his brothers in AC/DC, has died at 70.
The death of Young, born in Scotland but a longtime Australian who also led the 1960s group the Easybeats, was announced by record company Albert’s on Monday.
“A consummate songwriter, trailblazing producer, artist, mentor and extraordinary musician, George was above all else a gentleman who was unfailingly modest, charming, intelligent and loyal; a man with a wonderful sense of humour,” it said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear what caused Young’s death.
The Easybeats, which had a style similar to the Beatles, lasted until the late 1960s, though his departure paved the way for Young to begin working with his brother’s Malcolm and Angus on their upstart hard rock band and its first albums.
“Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC,” the group said Monday, adding that “you could not ask for a finer brother. “
Young also continued his music studio work as a songwriter, penning hits for various acts such as John Paul Young’s late 1970s song “Love is in the Air.”
Albert Productions, which he helped bring fame in the 1970s, continued to work until 2016, when it was sold to BMG.
George Redburn Young (6 November 1946 – 22 October 2017) was 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 was a member of the 1960s Australian rock band the Easybeats, and with band mate, Harry Vanda, he was 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 and Vanda were also the producers of some work by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, formed by his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Vanda & Young were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Easybeats in 2005. Young died on 22 October 2017, aged 70. – Wikipedia