Original AC/DC Drummer Colin Burgess Passed Away At 77
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In a somber announcement on AC/DC’s social media, the passing of Colin Burgess, the original drummer of the iconic rock band, was confirmed. The post expressed deep sadness, remembering Burgess as the band’s first drummer and a highly respected musician
. The message read, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Colin Burgess. He was our first drummer and a very respected musician. Happy memories, rock in peace Colin.”
Colin Burgess, who played a pivotal role in AC/DC’s early days, passed away at the age of 77.
The cause of his death has not been disclosed.
Burgess’s association with AC/DC began in November 1973 and continued until February 1974. During his time with the band, he contributed to their first single, “Can I Sit Next To You Girl.” However, this track was later re-recorded with Phil Rudd on drums. Unfortunately, Burgess faced a departure from the group due to an incident where he was allegedly intoxicated on stage. Burgess claimed that his inebriation was a result of someone spiking his drink.
Before joining AC/DC, Burgess showcased his drumming prowess as a member of the Masters Apprentices from 1968 to 1972.
The band achieved considerable success in Australia with hit singles like “5:10 Man,” “Think About Tomorrow Today,” “Turn Up Your Radio,” and “Because I Love You.” In 1998, the Masters Apprentices were rightfully inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Hall of Fame.
Colin Burgess also played a role in the musical landscape beyond AC/DC. Teaming up with his brother Denny, he formed His Majesty, collaborating with Japanese singer Yukiko Davis and guitarist Spike Williams. The Burgess Brothers Band, featuring Colin and Denny, further showcased their musical synergy. In later years, Burgess became a member of the Dead Singer Band, paying tribute to deceased Australian singers.
Burgess’s connection to AC/DC extended to a pivotal moment in the band’s history. He suggested that he might have been present at the Music Factory in London on the night when AC/DC’s iconic singer, Bon Scott, passed away in 1980. While uncertain about the details, Burgess did not recall Scott being heavily intoxicated. His reflections on that night were documented in “Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black.”