Easybeats member and AC/DC producer George Young has died

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One of the most significant figures in Australian music history has left us.

George Young, member of the Easybeats and revered songwriter and record producer for some of Australia's finest artists, has died at the age of 70.

Young was one half of the famous Vanda and Young partnership, who were responsible for writing smash hit singles like 'Friday On My Mind', 'Good Times', 'Evie' and 'Love Is In The Air'. 

 

"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 humour," Alberts CEO David Albert said in a statement today.

"George was a pioneer who, with close friends Harry Vanda and Ted Albert, created a new sound for the Australian music industry. He will be missed."

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Following The Easybeats' split, Vanda & Young went on to write and produce music for other artists including their former frontman Stevie Wright and Young's little brothers' band, AC/DC. 

They were a huge part of the AC/DC story, producing the albums Let There Be RockDirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapT.N.T.Powerage and High Voltage early in the band's career, helping them establish a sound that catapulted them to become among the biggest bands in the world.

Vanda and Young ocassionally stepped to the front, most notably as Flash and the Pan, with whom they had a string of massive pop hits around the world. 

Harry Vanda also issued a heartbreaking six word statement following the news:

Dear George,

Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Harry Vanda

Vanda & Young were among the first group ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and their legacy continues to be felt throughout Australian music to this day.

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