Vale George Young, 1946 – 2017

Monday, 23 Oct 2017

George Young, in glasses, with The Easybeats.

Today we are saddened to hear of the death of George Young, legendary songwriter, musician and producer.

Best known as the guitarist and songwriter for The Easybeats, George’s career started as a teenager in 1964 when he met Harry Vanda and Stevie Wright at Villawood Migrant hostel. George co-wrote some of Australia’s most popular songs, including Friday On My Mind and Love Is In The Air; as well as co-producing a roll call of some of Australia’s most renowned bands, including AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels and John Paul Young.

In 2001 when APRA released its Top 30 Songs, as judged by a panel of 100 distinguished Australian writers, musicians and critics, Friday On My Mind was top of the list. The song was honoured at the 2001 APRA Awards with an electrifying performance by You Am I and guest guitarist Vanda.

“The impact of George Young on the musical landscape of Australia is profound, and unlikely to be matched. A prodigious performer, songwriter, producer and an astute businessman – no matter what he did, he did it with originality, heart and drive,” Brett Cottle, Chief Executive reminisced about the iconic songwriter.

An APRA member since 1966, George was an innovative songwriter whose songs topped the charts not only in Australia, but resonated with audiences around the world. His legacy will live on through his songs, and through the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition - named for the legendary songwriting partnership.

We send our condolences to his family, the Albert family, friends and fans.

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