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Born: 1947/10/05
Birth Place: Dunston, Gateshead, England
Years Active: 1972-present
Genres: Hard Rock, Rock And Roll, Blues-rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Rock

Brian Johnson (born 5 October 1947) is an English singer and lyricist who, since 1980, has been the lead singer for the rock band AC/DC, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 along with the other members of the band.

In 1972, Brian Johnson became one of the founding members of the glam rock band Geordie. After a few hit singles, including UK Top 10 "All Because Of You" (1973), the band split up in 1978 then to be reformed by Johnson in 1980. But after signing a new record deal, Johnson was asked to audition for AC/DC, whose charismatic frontman, Bon Scott, had died on February 19, 1980. A fan in Chicago sent a tape of Johnson performing with Geordie to the band's manager Peter Mensch. Mensch recommended him to the band. With the support of his bandmates in Geordie, and following advice from popular radio host James Whale, Brian Johnson joined AC/DC. In an A&E television biography on AC/DC, Angus Young said that the group saw Johnson howling and writhing on the floor during a Geordie concert. They agreed immediately that Johnson's performing style fitted AC/DC music. Johnson's first album with AC/DC, ''Back in Black'', is the second best selling album of all time, and the best selling album by any band.