Lead singer of AC/DC Brian Johnson, hitting the one tonne 'Hells Bells' which is the first track of Back in Black, AC/DC's first album without Bon Scott.
Lead singer of AC/DC Brian Johnson, hitting the one tonne 'Hells Bells' which is the first track of Back in Black, AC/DC's first album without Bon Scott.

Famous birthdays: Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

05/10/1947 - present (aged 70).

"Quit putting yourself in a little box by trying to live consistently with your past and explaining every little action you take. BE YOU. Fully. In this moment. Independent of what others may or may not 'expect' from you."

1947: Brian Francis Johnson is born in Dunston, United Kingdom, he is an English singer and songwriter. He is of partial Italian descent and is the oldest of four siblings. Johnson sang with a church choir as a young boy, however like any other teen of the '60s, he was taken by rock & roll. He was one of the founding members of the rock band Geordie formed in Newcastle, UK in 1971. After a few hit singles, the band split up in 1978. Following the death of AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott on 19 February 1980, Johnson was asked to audition for the band in London. The band agreed that Johnson's performing style fit AC/DC's music. A native of Tyneside, northeast England, Johnson is known for his strong Geordie accent.

1968: Johnson married his first wife Carol, they later divorced during the writing of The Razors Edge album. Daughter Joanne is born.

1973: Daughter Kala is born. Geordie's album Hope You Like It is released along with 1974: Don't Be Fooled by the Name. 1976: Save the World and 1978: No Good Woman.

1980: Johnson became the third lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC. Back in Black is released. The album has become one of hard rock's all-time best-sellers over the years. Albums that followed -1981: For Those About to Rock. 1983: Flick of the Switch. 1985: Fly on the Wall. 1986: Who Made Who May. 1988: Blow Up Your Video January. 1990: The Razors Edge. 1992: Live October. 1995: Ballbreaker. 2000: Stiff Upper Lip. 2008: Black Ice. 2014: Rock or Bust.

1981: He is an avid supporter of Premier League football club Newcastle United, and was asked to make a substantial investment in the club after being invited to meet the board by club legend Jackie Milburn.

1986: Johnson returned to Tyneside and appeared in the controversial music video for "You Shook Me All Night Long", and the video received significant airplay on MTV.

1988: Album Blow Up Your Video was the last AC/DC album to feature lyrics from Johnson.

1990: Starting with The Razors Edge, guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young have written all of AC/DC's material.

2003: He and the rest of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2004: Johnson travelled to Greece to film an episode of the television series Goddess Odyssey in which he researched the Helen of Troy myth.

2007: National Lampoon's Totally Baked: A Potumentary Soundtrack is released as solo.

2009: He was diagnosed with Barrett syndrome. This caused AC/DC to cancel several shows on their 2010 tour in support of Black Ice; however, doctors were able to successfully prevent the disease from developing into cancer. Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC's Top Gear.

2011: According to The Sunday Times Rich List of British millionaires from the world of music, Johnson was worth £50 million.

2014: Johnson was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music by Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in recognition of his significant contribution to the music industry. He also became a supporter of the Yorkshire Dementia Charity based in the village of Topcliffe.

2016: Johnson stepped down from touring on the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing problems.

 

Brian Johnson leaning against the 1927 6.5 Bentley 2010 Peking to Paris car YT56 , while filming Cars the Rock.
Brian Johnson leaning against the 1927 6.5 Bentley 2010 Peking to Paris car YT56 , while filming Cars the Rock.

INTERESTING FACTS:

A car and racing enthusiast, Johnson currently enjoys racing his vintage race cars: a Royale RP-4 and a Pilbeam MP84, which he races in vintage and historic races throughout the United States. He lives with second wife Brenda in Sarasota, Florida.


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