AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Turns 62

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams turns 62 today. Born on 14 December 1949 in Romford, Essex, Williams joined AC/DC on 27 May 1977 and has been...

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams turns 62 today. Born on 14 December 1949 in Romford, Essex, Williams joined AC/DC on 27 May 1977 and has been the rock band’s bassist and backing vocalist ever since. Noted for his rock-solid and simple bass lines, Williams’ work can be heard on all AC/DC albums since 1978′s Powerage.


The AC/DC bass player started his professional music career in 1967, appearing in British groups Home and Bandit, and briefly considered retiring from music when Bandit disbanded in 1977. He was talked into auditioning for AC/DC who were on the hunt for a replacement for former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, who was fired from the band in 1977 shortly after the recording of Let There Be Rock.


Listing his musical influences as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and blues musicians such as Bo Diddley, Williams makes no secret of the successful approach he brings to AC/DC: “[I play] the same thing in every song, for the most part… complex [bass] lines wouldn’t add anything to a guitar-oriented band like [AC/DC], so I try to create a bottom layer that drives what our guys are doing on top”.

When not touring with AC/DC, Williams is well known for his musical side projects – including a hurricane relief event in Florida with fellow AC/DC band member Brian Johnson, and Classic Rock Cares charity gigs.

Williams and the rest of AC/DC were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association’s Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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