Ronald Belford «Bon» Scott Mitchell (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian rock musician, most well-known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia with his family in 1952 at age six.
Scott formed his first band, The Spektors, in 1964 and became the band's Drummer and occasional lead vocalist. He performed in several other bands like The Valentines and Fraternity before replacing Dave Evans as the vocalist of AC/DC in 1974.
AC/DC's popularity grew throughout the 1970s, first in Australia, and then all around the world. Their 1979 Highway To Hell (album) reached the top twenty in the United States, and the band seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. However, on 19 February 1980, Scott died after a night of partying in London. He vomited while unconscious and choked. The official cause of his death was acute alcohol poisoning.Others state many conspiracy theories, like that he died of a heroin overdose. AC/DC briefly considered disbanding, but the group quickly recruited vocalist Brian Johnson of the British glam rock band Geordie. AC/DC's subsequent Back in Black (album), was released only five months later, and was a tribute to Scott. It went on to become the second best-selling album in history.