Bon Scott was the lead singer of Australian band AC/DC. After a night out of drinking with his bandmates in Maida Vale, Scott headed towards Camden Town.

Bon Scott finished the night off at Camden’s The Music Machine club. This changed its name to Camden Palace in 1982 and is now called KOKO.

AC/DC were in London to record their hugely successful album Back in Black. This went on to become the second biggest selling album of all time shifting more than 50 million copies.

Bon Scott

After a heavy night of drinking in Camden Town he passed out in a friend’s car and was left to sleep it off. Bon Scott was found dead in the car on February 19th, 1980, at the age of 33. The car was parked in East Dulwich. He was taken to Kings College Hospital in Camberwell where he was pronounced dead. The reasons given on the documents are “acute alcohol poisoning” and “death by misadventure.”

Scott was born in Scotland and moved to Australia with his family aged six. Having played in numerous bands in Australia he became the singer of AC/DC in 1974 by replacing Dale Evans as the vocalist.

Bon Scott, who’s full name was Ronald Belford Scott, is still considered today to be one of rock’s best vocalists of all time. An issue of Classic Rock magazine names Scott as the number one front men of all time, ahead of Freddy Mercury and Robert Plant.

Bon Scott with Angus Young of AC/DC
Bon Scott with Angus Young of AC/DC.

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