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The final version of the song was performed by Scott and AC/DC on the BBC music show Top of the Pops a few days before his death in 1980.
Even Bon was impressed with how he could get his voice to sound." In AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll, Arnaud Durieux writes that Lange, a trained singer, showed Scott how to breathe so he could be a technically better singer on songs like "Touch Too Much" and would join in on background vocals himself, having to stand on the other side of the studio because his own voice was so distinctive.
Although the American branch of Atlantic Records had rejected the group's 1976 LP Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, it now believed the band was poised to strike it big in the States if only they would work with a producer who could give them a radio-friendly sound.
Since their 1975 Australian debut High Voltage, all of AC/DC's albums had been produced by George Young and Harry Vanda.
A lot of it was bus and car touring, with no real break. When you're sleeping with the singer's socks two inches from your nose, that's pretty close to hell. Malcolm and I were playing guitars in a rehearsal studio, and I said, "I think I have a good idea for an intro", which was the beginning of "Highway to Hell".
You crawl off the bus at four o'clock in the morning, and some journalist's doing a story and he says, 'What would you call an AC/DC tour? And he hopped on a drum kit and he banged out the beat for me.
This was Saturday, and we snuck into the studio and on that one day we put down six songs, sent the tape to Lange and said, 'Will you work with us?