AC/DC were one of the most iconic hard rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, and even today, people still talk about them. Though they may have lost some of their relevance, they are still touring and going strong. However, despite all the time the band and its members have spent in the spotlight, there are still some things that many people don’t know about them. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about AC/DC. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: One of Their Biggest Songs Almost Didn’t Happen. AC/DC wanted to include “Jailbreak” on their 1981 album titled Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap; however, the management of Atlantic Records thought it was “too horrific for teenage consumption,” so it ended up being released on a 1984 EP.
Number Fourteen: Bon Scott Was Almost Fired. Due to his alleged heroin overdose in 1975, Angus Young and Malcolm Young wanted to fire Bon Scott from the group. Though mentions of hiring another singer came up, it never actually happened.
Number Thirteen: They Have an Interesting Connection to The Blues Brothers. The person who championed AC/DC at Atlantic Records was Michael Klenfner. Klenfner was the same person who offered a contract to Jake and Elwood Blues after their performances in The Blues Brothers.
Number Twelve: They Made Other Big Names Jealous. According to disc jockey Bill Bartlett, Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd became so jealous of AC/DC’s early success that he went all the way to a radio station in Jacksonville, Florida to analyze data about AC/DC’s sales and requests.
Number Eleven: The Person Who Designed Their Logo Never Saw a Dime of the Royalties. The iconic AC/DC logo was designed by Gerard Huerta. Huerta never got any money in royalties for his design. Interestingly, Huerta also designed the album cover for Blue Oyster Cult’s On Your Feet or on Your Knees, which features a similar font.
Number Ten: They Borrowed George Harrison’s Fans. Well, sort of. AC/DC used footage from George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh to dub in audience noise for the film clip in High Voltage.
Number Nine: Bon Scott Wrote “You Shook Me All Night Long.” According to their former booking agent, Doug Thaler, the hit song was actually written by Bon Scott.