Fraternity (Bon Scott pre-AC/DC)

“The thing I loved most about Bon Scott, was his almost unique self honesty. What you saw was what you got, he was a real person and as honest as the day is long. To my mind he was the street poet of my generations and of the generations that followed”  Fellow member of The Valentines, Vince Lovegrove

Bon Scott formed his first band, The Spektors, in 1964 and became the band’s drummer and occasional lead vocalist. He performed in several other bands including The Valentines and Fraternity before replacing Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974.

Fraternity were an Australian rock band which formed in Sydney in 1970 and relocated to Adelaide in 1971. Former members include successive lead vocalists Bon Scott (who later joined AC/DC), John Swan (who also played drums and later had a solo career), and his brother Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel). Their biggest local hit was a cover version of “Seasons of Change” which peaked at No. 1 in Adelaide, but nationally it was over-run by the original Blackfeather version. The group won the 1971 Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds with the prize being a free trip to London.

Fraternity – Seasons of Change

See the snow falling on the ground
days of old , oh so cold
Wretched sailing among the cloud
melts the snow still I’m cold

People dancing in the streets
in the town a small boy crys
eyes of love turn to nerves of stone
blind the sun , not for me

a Season goes so quickly
you don’t know where you are
a Season goes so quickly
you don’t know where you are

I said i’m sorry
you know I try
everybody stops me
and it makes me cry

see the snow falling on the ground
days of old , cold so cold

Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980.

He was born in Forfar and brought up in Kirriemuir, Scotland, before moving to Melbourne, Australia, with his family in 1952 at the age of six. The family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle, Western Australia.


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