“Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC”

Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”


Angus Young added, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”


The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.

In an additional statement from Malcolm Young’s family, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

As rhythm guitarist for the legendary rock band, Malcolm Young served as an indispensable foil to Angus Young’s arena-stuffing riffs. After forming AC/DC in 1973, the Young brothers would be credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded from their 1975 debut High Voltage through 2014’s Rock or Bust. That final album marked AC/DC’s first without Malcolm, who announced in September 2014 that he would permanently leave the band due to dementia.

“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said in July 2014. “He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again… Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.”

Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC when their tour for 2008’s Black Ice concluded in June 2010 with a concert in Bilbao, Spain.

Malcolm Young, like his older brother George and younger brother Angus, was born in Glasgow, Scotland before the whole Young family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in the early Sixties.

Malcolm and Angus’ first brush with rock stardom came courtesy of their brother George, who found global fame thanks to his band the Easybeats and their song “Friday on My Mind.” Although Malcolm’s two older brothers found success in the music industry, their father still made Malcolm work as a mechanic in a bra factory after leaving school at 15.

“I’ve never felt like a pop star – this is a nine-to-five sort of gig,” Malcolm told Rolling Stone in 2008. “It comes from working in the factories, that world. You don’t forget it.”

In 1973, Malcolm recruited Angus to form a new band, which the brothers named after the “AC/DC” electrical current marker they spotted on their sister’s sewing machine. After a few lineup changes, the Young brothers were introduced to singer Bon Scott by their brother George, who would serve as AC/DC’s producer on their early albums.


Throughout AC/DC’s tenure, Malcolm and Angus Young served as the band’s main creative force, crafting the unmistakable riffs that would make AC/DC one of the biggest bands in music. Together, the brothers would create the music for hits like “Back in Black,” “Hells Bells,” “Highway to Hell,” “Thunderstruck,” “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” “You Shook Me All Night Long” and dozens more rock staples.

However, Malcolm’s time in AC/DC was not without strife: A heavy drinker, he briefly left AC/DC in 1988 during the Blow Up Your Video Tour – his only absence from the band up to and until his dementia diagnosis – to go to rehab to curb his drinking problem. After a few months, Malcolm returned to the band and remained sober ever since. “I was not surprised,” George Young said of his younger brother’s sobriety. “When Malcolm puts his mind to something, he does it.”

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said in a statement to Rolling Stone, “Malcolm was the essential rhythm guitarist of the world’s greatest working class Hard Rock band. An irreplaceable loss.”

Guns N’ Roses’ Slash told Rolling Stone, “Malcolm Young was one of the best ever rhythm guitarists in Rock n Roll. He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too. I toured with AC/DC on their ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ tour. I found Malcolm to be a really cool, down to earth fellow. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing.”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson told Rolling Stone, “Malcom Young was the embodiment of rock itself. His rhythm guitar style needed no embellishment. He laid down the simple solid guitar truth that taught us all about the ‘less is more ethic.’ The wild power of simplicity and the head banging hair flipping joys of turning it up really loud and dancing with the vibrations. Thank you, Malcom for being the real deal. We are all going to miss that shredding music that only you and your brother could make together.”

Eddie Van Halen wrote following Young’s death, “It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.”


Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who regarded Malcolm as one of rock’s greatest rhythm guitarists, tweeted Saturday following Young’s death, “I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…” Kiss’ Paul Stanley added, “The driving engine of AC/DC has died. A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP.” Tom Morello praised Young as “#1 greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll.”

Foo Fighters’ leader Dave Grohl honored Young by writing about how, at age 11, watching a live AC/DC performance from Paris in 1979 in the movie theater was life-changing. “That film … was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn’t want to play my guitar anymore, I wanted to smash it,” Grohl wrote. “Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel and the cool and the years of losing control to your rock and roll.”

The Young brothers and AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. With over 110 million albums sold, AC/DC is also the best-selling Australian act of all time.

When Rolling Stone asked the Young brothers in 2008, Who runs AC/DC?,” Malcolm replied, “We both do, because we were there from the start.”


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National Take A Walk In The Park Day on March 30th each year encourages us to stretch our legs on our favorite trail or at our neighborhood park. After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, leisurely walk in the park.

Taking a walk at a local park is an excellent way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize, and at the same time, improve health.

During a walk, the opportunity to capture a beautiful photograph, compose an original poem, or have an uninterrupted conversation may arise. The chance to lose track of time and run into a familiar face could occur, too.  When taking a walk in the park, all sorts of pleasant surprises could blossom. 


  • Go out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside.
  • Are you staying indoors? As an alternative, you can still take a walk in a park. Take a virtual walking tour. Stand up and walk along the Swiss Alps or just about anywhere in the world.
  • However, we suggest finding a trail somewhere and taking a hike in the fresh air.
  • Once you return, unwind with this fun word search puzzle
  • Use #TakeAWalkInTheParkDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to explore the origins of this outdoor holiday. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a walk and enjoy the fresh air!


Walking FAQ

Q. Which is better, walking indoors or outdoors?
A. Any exercise performed outdoors will reap more benefits than the same exercise performed indoors, including walking. Several factors contribute to these added benefits. First, when it comes to walking especially, you can just walk right out the door. There’s no need to get in the car, drive to the gym, get out of the car…you see where I’m going here. Other benefits include:

  • Exposure to sunshine and vitamin D.
  • Deep breaths of fresh air.
  • It’s free! No gym membership or special equipment needed.
  • Spending time outdoors improves mental wellness.
  • It’s easier to workout with a friend.

Q. What do I do when I get to the park?
A. Many parks have paved trails that meander through the park. Walk the path once, twice, or as many times as you like! Some parks include play equipment for children and adults. These parks feature unique designs that allow visitors to experience a variety of exercise outdoors. Challenge yourself to pushups, situps, pullups, or climbing steps.

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National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day honors all small business owners each year on March 29th.

Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy, and the critical role they play is sometimes overlooked. Consumers can show them their much-deserved appreciation by shopping locally and at small businesses.

  • Give gift cards from your favorite small businesses to encourage others to shop there.
  • Share their social media pages to improve their following.
  • Talk about them. Word of mouth advertising is some of the best advertising small businesses get. 
  • Take their business cards and then recommend them to a friend.
  • Be a repeat customer. Remember small businesses are the ones who also support local events and schools, too.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States.

Owning your own business is a goal that many people strive to attain. It takes long hours, hard work, and much dedication. Countless hours of nurturing the business are needed to grow the business. From starting out to building and expanding, a successful small business is the goal of every owner. 

Some of these Mom and Pop shops are handed down from one generation to the next while others are new start-ups. “Mom and Pop” businesses offer superior customer service as the owners take personal pride in their operations as well as pride in their communities.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MomAndPopBusinessOwnersDay
  • Support the privately owned small businesses in your communities by shopping and buying gift cards.
  • Explore your community. You might discover new businesses and become a new customer.
  • As you shop, give your favorite businesses a shout-out. Let them know you appreciate them and their services.
  • The National Day Calendar Classroom also has projects to help you Celebrate Every Day!
  • Read the Celebration Spotlight with Wesley Miller Smith.
  • Use #MomPopBusinessOwnersDay to post on social media.



Rick and Margie Segel founded National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day in honor of couples like his parents whose successful hat shop opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square feet and $2 million clothing store.


Mom and Pop FAQ

Q. Do mom and pop shops ever become big businesses?
A. Yes. Many of the national chains where we shop and products we buy today were once family run businesses. Some of them are still managed by family members. Some examples of family-owned businesses starting small and going national (or even international) include:

Q. What kinds of resources are available to small businesses?
A. There are many resources for small businesses all across the country. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration for a complete list.

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World Piano Day - March 28th

Every year on March 28th, World Piano Day unites piano lovers across the globe as they celebrate the “king of musical instruments.” The day also encourages piano players of all ages and abilities to play in public spaces.

Musical instruments are grouped together in families. It’s relatively easy to determine what family most instruments belong. This is not the case with the piano, however. Some say it’s a percussion instrument. Others say it belongs to the string family. Many would say the piano is unique in that it belongs to both families.

Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy invented the piano in 1700. It was first called “clavicembalo col piano e forte.” This can be translated to “a harpsichord that can play soft and loud noises.” Eventually, its name was shortened to piano.

Throughout the years, the piano went from one basic style to many different kinds. These include vertical, spinet, console, studio, upright, digital, pianola (self-playing piano), grand, and baby grand. These types of pianos come in a variety of different sizes.

Most people play the piano because it’s fun, and they love the sound it makes. However, there are also many other benefits to playing the piano. Some of these benefits include:

  • It’s a great way to learn how to read music.
  • It sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination.
  • It boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities, including improved memory.
  • It’s great for mental health, as those who play the piano experience less depression and anxiety.

With so many benefits of playing the piano, today is a great day to sign your kids up for piano lessons, or take them yourself!



To celebrate this musical day, pianists give free concerts featuring piano music. Other people that take part in this day include composers, performers, piano movers, tuners, and piano builders. There are also many ways for you to participate:

  • Commit to taking piano lessons.
  • Thank a piano teacher.
  • If you are a pianist, gather your courage and play the piano in a public space.
  • If you took piano lessons as a child, think about reviving your skills.
  • Attend a piano concert.
  • Listen to piano music online.
  • Explore other musical instruments by reading 5 Tuneful Origins of Celebrated Musical Instruments.

Learn about the best pianists of all time, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Vladimir Horowitz, Myra Hess, and Lang Lang.

To help spread awareness for this day, use #WorldPianoDay on social media.


The German musician, Nils Frahm, founded World Piano Day in 2015. He chose the date of March 28th, because it is the 88th day of the year. The piano has 88 keys.

World Piano Day Discount

Every year on March 28th, World Piano Day unites piano lovers across the globe as they celebrate the “king of musical instruments.”

This day also encourages piano players of all ages and abilities to play in public spaces.

To commemorate this day, we are waiving off our registration charges for the rest of March.

Refer to the rates below and book your lessons before the end of the month. If you prefer, we can schedule lessons to commence in April too.

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“1918 influenza pandemic survivor interview- Mrs. Edna Register Boone.”

Prime Sister
I’d forgotten about this regimen.
My mom used to always give us baking soda in a spoon with water to dilute it.
And  maybe a Bayer aspirin tablet, crushed up in a spoon with the water and baking soda.
We almost never went to the Dr.
Baking soda was usually all we had for medicine.
6 kids and we all made it just fine to adulthood.
Gerald Smith
I Tried This When COVID First Started To Hit.
I, Was Well IN Three Days.


100 year-old resident of Mobile, tells how her family was the only family in a small rural Alabama area that did not contract the flu during the 1918 flu outbreak. Mrs. Boone’s family all became responders in her community. Her parents become instant nurses, and she delivered soup to the door of ill families.



and…  Since Mrs. Boone did mention “Baking Soda” just thought that… at this time in AMERICA… there just might be some interest in the uses of that  “Soda” …  that Mrs. Boone was talking about.

We all need to work together to help out our neighbors with helpful ideas as to what might help… as  all products in the stores are not all… always  available… and with the shortage… have to now… be creative with  items that can handle a variety  of necessary  ways to keep  our families and friends germ free!

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“OZZY OSBOURNE – “Mr. Crowley” 1981 (Live Video)”

Who else smiled while Randy played his lead(s)? 😁 😁 😁 😁


Brian Johnson
Never another like Randy, Ozzy…in fact this era of music shall never be equaled.
Duplicated sure.
But never with the feeling and inspiration.


Brian Johnson
I love how ozzy marvels at randy during the outro….
back and forth with drums … he loves it.
So genuine.
I can see how losing him in tragedy wreck ozzy for a bit.
Seb Master
I smile every time I see the video
Dylan Crijns
RIP Randy Rhoads 40 years ago, one of the best guitarists of all time!



Randy Rhoads December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982
We lost him 40 years ago today.
It would have been great to see what his future in music would have brought us.
True genius. R.I.P.
John Hutsler
I love how Ozzy just sits and watches Randy play for the last 2 minutes of the song, like he can’t believe how talented this dude is.
RIP Randy, you were the best
Lee Townsley
Just like the rest of us, Ozzy seemed to be enjoying the rest of the band at the end.
Fantastic performance.
I’ll never not miss Randy as a player though.
Such a gifted individual.

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