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Brian Johnson

English singer and songwriter

Brian Johnson

English singer and songwriter
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birthday
5th
October, 1947
Birth Place
Dunston, County Durham, England
Birth Sign
libra
Biography

Brian Francis Johnson (born 5 October 1947) is an English singer and songwriter. In 1980, after the death of Bon Scott, he became the third lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC. He and the rest of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In March 2016, he stepped down from touring on the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing problems. He stated in an interview that he “had a pretty good run” in AC/DC and implied that he might not be returning. On September 30, 2020, AC/DC officially confirmed that Johnson along with fellow bandmates Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams returned to record the band’s 2020 album, Power Up, in August 2018.
Johnson was one of the founder members of the rock band Geordie formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971. After a few hit singles, including UK Top 10 “All Because of You” (1973), the band split up in 1978. Following the death of Scott on 19 February 1980, Johnson was asked to audition for AC/DC. Lead guitarist and co-founder Angus Young recalled, “I remember Bon playing me Little Richard, and then telling me the story of when he saw Brian singing [with Geordie]. […] There’s this guy up there screaming at the top of his lungs and then the next thing you know he hits the deck. He’s on the floor, rolling around and screaming. I thought it was great, and then to top it off–you couldn’t get a better encore–they came in and wheeled the guy off!” Johnson was diagnosed with appendicitis later that night, which was the cause of his writhing around on stage. The band agreed immediately that Johnson’s performing style fit AC/DC’s music. His first album with AC/DC, Back in Black, became the second-best-selling album of all time, according to most estimates. The Guardian ranked the successful transition to Johnson at No. 36 on their list of 50 key events in rock music history.
Johnson is known for his distinctive singing voice and strong Geordie accent. In July 2014, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music by Northumbria University in the city of Newcastle in recognition of his significant contribution to the music industry.

Associated Acts

AC/DC Geordie

Birth Name

Brian Francis Johnson

Genres

Hard rock rock and roll blues rock glam rock

Labels

EMI Epic Atlantic

Occupations

Singer songwriter

Website
Years Active

1970 present

Name

Brian Johnson

Nationality

United Kingdom

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