Malcolm Young

1953 - 2017

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Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017) was an Australian musician who was the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter of AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its beginning in 1973 until retiring in 2014 due to health reasons. As a member of AC/DC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.Though his younger brother Angus was the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm was described as the driving force and the leader of the band. In 2014, Young stated that despite his retirement from the band, AC/DC was determined to continue making music with his blessing.Young left AC/DC in mid-2014 to receive treatment for dementia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Malcolm Young has received more than 6,198,342 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Malcolm Young is the 128th most popular musician (up from 139th in 2019), the 553rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 564th in 2019) and the 36th most popular British Musician.

Malcolm Young is most famous for being the co-founder and guitarist of the band AC/DC.

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Among musicians, Malcolm Young ranks 128 out of 2,675Before him are Don Shirley, Compay Segundo, Pete Best, Arnaut Daniel, Ray Manzarek, and Chris Slade. After him are Jascha Heifetz, Nam June Paik, Lady Gaga, Nadia Boulanger, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Manu Dibango.

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Among people born in 1953, Malcolm Young ranks 24Before him are Paul Allen, John Malkovich, Hulk Hogan, Teresa Teng, Peter Stormare, and Nigel Mansell. After him are Benazir Bhutto, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Cyndi Lauper, Fatih Terim, and Andrew Wiles. Among people deceased in 2017, Malcolm Young ranks 32Before him are Louise Hay, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Mário Soares, Kenneth Arrow, Roman Herzog, and Emmanuelle Riva. After him are Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Simone Veil, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Slobodan Praljak, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, and Peter L. Berger.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Malcolm Young ranks 553 out of 6,924Before him are Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473), J. L. Austin (1911), E. H. Carr (1892), Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868), Jonathan Pryce (1947), and Chris Slade (1946). After him are Edmund Spenser (1552), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), George Mallory (1886), Karl Pearson (1857), Helena Bonham Carter (1966), and William Byrd (1543).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Malcolm Young ranks 36Before him are Gary Moore (1952), Charlie Watts (1941), Mike Oldfield (1953), John Bonham (1948), Tony Iommi (1948), and Chris Slade (1946). After him are George Martin (1926), Nick Mason (1944), Jacqueline du Pré (1945), Roger Glover (1945), John Paul Jones (1946), and John Cale (1942).