The AC/DC Album Bon Scott Thought Would Make Him A Millionaire

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The iconic singer and songwriter Bon Scott worked with AC/DC as their vocalist and lyricist from 1974 until his tragic death in 1980. He joined the band as Dave Evans’ replacement and saw the band’s rise in popularity throughout the 1970s. Thanks to his tenure with the band, the vocalist earned the informal title of one of the most remarkable rock music leads many years after his passing.

After releasing their debut album, ‘High Voltage’ with Scott, AC/DC released the 1979 album ‘Highway to Hell.’ This album reached the top 20 in the United States and brought the band to a commercial breakthrough. On February 19, 1980, Scott sadly died of acute alcohol poisoning before seeing his legacy live on for years. Prior to his tragic death, the rocker believed that one of their albums would make him a millionaire. 

Which AC/DC Album Did Bon Scott Have High Expectations About?

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On February 15, 1980, Bon Scott attended the studio sessions for the ‘Back In Black’ album. However, he wasn’t aware that he wouldn’t be there at the time of its release. Just four days after he entered the studio with Malcolm and Angus Young to work on the songs ‘Have A Drink On Me’ and ‘Let Me Put My Love Into You,’ Scott died of alcohol poisoning.

Following Scott’s death, AC/DC considered disbanding and leaving the music scene. However, they gathered the strength to move on and recruited vocalist Brian Johnson as Scott’s replacement. Later that year, AC/DC released their ‘Back In Black’ with Johnson’s addition, and they dedicated the record to Scott’s memory.

According to the late rocker’s mother, Isabelle Cunningham’ Isa’ Mitchell, Bon Scott believed that AC/DC would reach new heights of success with the ‘Back In Black’ album. Moreover, he thought the record would make him a millionaire after its release. This conversation between him and his mother occurred in 1979, two months before Scott died.

As reported by Pop Matters, Scott’s mother Isa said the following in 2006:

“The last time we saw him was Christmas ’79, two months before he died. Bon told me he was working on the ‘Back In Black’ album and that that was going to be it; that he was going to be a millionaire.

Sadly, Bon Scott didn’t have a chance to enjoy the success of ‘Back In Black.’ Moreover, he wasn’t wrong, as the ‘Back In Black’ album became the second-best-selling record in music history, and it brought AC/DC a huge success.