The greatest comeback record of all time was released on this date in 1980…AC/DC’s Back in Black.
Their iconic lead singer, Bon Scott dies after a heavy night of drinking on February 19th, 1980.
It took just over five months to not only find a new lead singer in Brian Johnson, but write and record a classic. 5 months!
Johnson auditioned with Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits,” and really stood out, as others were auditioning with the same songs like “Smoke on the Water.”
AC/DC hurried to the Bahamas and started cranking out songs. Johnson giving the weather forecast as he looked out the window to producer Mutt Lange, basically, accidentally wrote “Hells Bells.”
And the other songs…most smothering in double entendre. Look at the songs on this record.
“Hells Bells,” “Shoot to Thrill” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Have a Drink on Me” and “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution,” and the tribute in both song and album cover to Bon Scott, “Back in Black.”
Seven weeks and the album was done. An amazing accomplishment under the circumstances. Back in Black is one of the biggest selling records of all time, and has sold 50 million copies around the world.