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Original AC/DC Drummer: Dead At 77

On Saturday (12.16,) AC/DC took to social media confirming the passing of their original drummer, Colin Burgess.

Along with a photo of the drummer on Instagram, the rockers captioned “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.”

Prior to his brief stint with the legendary rock, Burgess was behind the kit for Australian rock band Masters Apprentices, and following the group’s split in 1972, he joined AC/DC alongside founding members, brothers Angus and Malcom Young and singer Dale Evans.

Colin served as the drummer on AC/DC’s debut single “Can I Sit Next to You, Girl,” but was fired in February of 1974, four months after being recruited, for supposedly playing while intoxicated.

Burgess was later replaced on drums by Phil Rudd, but he played a handful of shows in 1975 while Rudd recovered from a hand injury. “Can I Sit Next to You, Girl” was later re-recorded for AC/DC’s 1975 album, T.N.T., with Rudd on drums and new singer Bon Scott on vocals.

Following his short stint with AC/DC, Colin Burgess went on to perform with groups His Majesty, Good Time Charlie and Dead Singer Band. Though he was not one of the AC/DC members to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was inducted into Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame for his contributions to Masters Apprentices.

The musician’s cause of death has no yett been disclosed.

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Author: Al Denté

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