Brian Johnson’s first album with AC/DC – Back In Black is considered one of the greatest albums in rock history. Johnson’s voice is out of the ordinary and his performance with the Back in Black album stamped a milestone in the rock music timeline.
Johnson was in an English rock band called Geordie, formed in Newcastle in 1971. They had a couple of hit singles one of them made it in the UK Top 10 charts – All Because of You (1973) the band broke up in 1978. Check out Brian’s locks below
After the tragic death of legendary Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott, Johnson was taken aboard the AC/DC train. Bon Scott was well loved as the frontman of AC/DC and it would have been big shoes to fill for Brian. Bon Scott was the frontman and lyricist of AC/DC from 1974 to his tragic death in 1980.
It was a mysterious death for the late Bon Scott, after a night of heavy drinking he was left sitting in a car on a street on London, he was found dead the next day. The official death was due to alcohol poisoning, asphyxiation, or hypothermia.
It was a devastating blow to AC/DC when they lost their beloved singer and mate, Johnson was asked to audition for AC/DC. They liked what the heard and saw and Brian Johnson because the new frontman to AC/DC on 15th April 1980. This seemed all a bit too soon for the fans of Bon Scott and AC/DC.
The first album back, was entitled Back in Black with the album cover being just the band’s logo on it with a black background. It was a tribute to Bon Scott, with the title track paying their dues to their fallen friend.
Back in Black is one of AC/DC’s highest selling albums and is one of the most influential rock albums of the 20th century. It has sold over 19 million copies in the US alone. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. It is ranked 7th in the higest selling albums of all times chart, falling one place behind Pink Floyd’s The Wall.