Monday, June 17, 2024

RIP Songwriter George Young Hits Included “Friday on My Mind” and “Love is in the Air”


Australian songwriter George Young has died at age 71. His brothers formed AC/DC in 1973, and George wound up co-producing several of their albums.

But George Young’s really important credits including co-writing the Easybeats hit “Friday on My Mind” and John Paul Young’s hit “Love is in the Air.”

With co-writer and Easybeat partner Harry Vanda, George Young also had a band called Flash in the Pan. Their debut album yielded the hit “Hey St. Peter,” for which I have a particular affection.

RIP George. Thanks for everything.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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