George Young, the decades-long music man known for producing his brothers in AC/DC, has died at 70.
The death of Young, born in Scotland but a longtime Australian who also led the 1960s group the Easybeats, was announced by record company Albert’s on Monday.
“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,” it said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear what caused Young’s death.
The Easybeats, which had a style similar to the Beatles, lasted until the late 1960s, though his departure paved the way for Young to begin working with his brother’s Malcolm and Angus on their upstart hard rock band and its first albums.
Young was also a founding member of the Easybeats, a 1960s group touted as Australia’s answer to the Beatles.
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“Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC,” the group said Monday, adding that “you could not ask for a finer brother. “
Young also continued his music studio work as a songwriter, penning hits for various acts such as John Paul Young’s late 1970s song “Love is in the Air.”
Albert Productions, which he helped bring fame in the 1970s, continued to work until 2016, when it was sold to BMG.