In a recent interview with The Metal Voice, former AC/DC singer Dave Evans has revealed the story of how AC/DC was born.
Here’s the story:
“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 how many songs he recorded in his time with AC/DC, Dave responded:
“I actually recorded quiet a few songs for the first album, then Bon Scott joined and he re-recorded the songs that I already made popular. “
When asked how popular were they when he was in the band, Dave said:
“We were already a very popular band in Australia and Can I sit next to you girl, was a big hit record for us in a lot of states, a top 5, it played on the hour, every hour on the radio.
We were actually named the best Australian record of the year for 1974. The band was really hot. When Bon Scott joined the band we were already hot.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.