After touring with bands like The Rolling Stones in the late ‘60s, the Easybeats broke up. But Young was just getting started. He took his skills behind the desk to the next level when, in 1973, he and Vanda formed Albert Productions in Sydney with Ted Albert. With Vanda and Young serving as inhouse writer-producers, the label emerged as an indie powerhouse. Young co-produced records for the likes of ARIA Hall of Famers Rose Tattoo, The Angels, John Paul Young and AC/DC, formed by his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.
In 1988 he was inducted, along with Vanda, into the inaugural class of the ARIA Hall of Fame, and again as a member of the Easybeats in 2005. Alberts and APRA AMCOS’ annual Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is named after the legendary songwriting partnership.
Without Young, AC/DC would not exist, the band said in a statement issued Monday. “It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC. As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts."
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Vanda also joined the chorus of industry professionals, organizations and fans who remembered the trailblazer and all-rounder. “Rest in Peace my dear friend,” he wrote.
“It is with great sadness that Alberts acknowledge the passing of George Young,” writes Alberts CEO David Albert. “A consummate songwriter, trailblazing producer, artist, mentor and extraordinary musician, George was above all else a gentleman who was unfailingly modest, charming, intelligent and loyal, a man with a wonderful sense of humor.” He adds,
“George was a pioneer who, with close friends Harry Vanda and Ted Albert, created a new sound for the Australian music industry.”
Young “was an innovative songwriter whose songs topped the charts not only in Australia, but resonated with audiences around the world,” notes APRA, which counted Young as a member since 1966.
Easybeats frontman Stevie Wright died in 2015 at the age of 68.