Former AC/DC singer Dave Evans spoke in an interview with The Metal Voice host Jimmy Kay, and revealed the story of how AC/DC got their name.
“I knew of Malcolm Young, the younger brother of the famous George Young from the Easybeats. I answered an ad in the Sydney Herald newspaper that said looking for a singer, in the style of Free, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, that kind of thing. Malcolm was at the other end of the line and when he found out that it was me, Dave Evans, he already knew about me from my prior bands.
We both knew we liked the same music, so I went to Newtown and met Malcolm for the first time and the rest of the band. We jammed, it sounded great, Malcolm was happy. Everyone was happy so we formed a band, without the name AC/DC yet.
A week later Malcolm asked if his younger brother Angus who was in a band called Kentucky, if he could audition for us as well, so we said no problem. Angus auditioned and we liked him and now the band was five of us.
After some time we had a show coming up and we had to get a name and we kicked around a few names then Malcolm said his sister in law suggested AC/DC and we all liked it. We shook hands and we called ourselves AC/DC.”
When asked which songs he recorded and wrote, Evans said:
“There was a song called ‘Fell in Love’ which I wrote, which Bon Scott re-wrote the lyrics, which became ‘Love song’ later on but we already made my version of the song popular live. I also wrote Sunset Strip and Bon Scott changed the lyrics to Show Business.
When the band went into the studio for the first time we recorded the AC/DC songs ‘Can I sit next to you Girl’ and ‘Rockin in the Parlor’ These two songs Malcolm wrote and the band never heard before or played them until we were in the studio.
I also recorded the song Rock and Roll Singer in the studio which Malcolm wrote about me, not Bon Scott, as well as the song Soul Stripper and Little Lover. I had not heard any of these songs either until I recorded them in the studio. The band basically put the songs down in the studio from scratch without any of us knowing them. Once we recorded them we played them in our live set.”
You can watch the entire interview below.