I managed the Bass Player in AC/DC. Pity he wasn't in the band at the time - Part 1 By Ron Hailes

On my first day of high school in 1968 I met a short, long haired kid who would go on to be one of Prahran High Schools most famous students. He was a mad Carlton supporter and had an out there attitude to life. Even in the very early days when we were 13 or 14 he was a big hit with the girls who were clearly attracted to the kid with more hair than them.

He hailed from the infamous commission flats where men were men and boys grew up fast. In the early part of that year he had a secret that he kept to himself - his father was dying and he actually came to school on the day of his dads funeral. As the years passed his Mother started to go away at weekends and parties of legendary proportions were held at flat 56, otherwise know as the Prahran Hilton. He got into music, and because I had no talent at all, I was the Manager. He was joined by guitarist Graham Kennedy and Drummer Lincoln Judd and "Judd" was formed. Vocalist Paul Edwards joined later.

The band was getting a few gigs but not exactly reaching for the stars. I always wanted to manage bands so I was having a great time. By this time we were all out of school and all had various real jobs, he was working as a clerk and I was working in a bank.

In March 1975 I was living in Prahran around the corner from the house where AC/DC were based and Mark Evans knocked on my door and told me he was quitting the band because he was joining AC/DC.

So I guess for a few minutes I did manage the AC/DC bass player.


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