You Say It's Your Birthday: Cliff Williams of AC/DC

Celebrating his 48th birthday today is AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams. AC/DC

are one of the longest-lasting heavy metal groups and are best-known for

knickers-clad guitarist Angus Young's wild stage antics as well as

for such songs as "Highway to Hell," "Back In Black" and "Shook Me All

Night Long." Born in Rumford, England, Williams joined the group after

original bassist Mark Evans left following the release of 1977's Let

There Be Rock. While the band was quite popular in its native

Australia, it wasn't until 1979's Highway To Hell that they hit on

the American charts. Tragically, singer Bon Scott died from choking on his

own vomit after drinking all night just a few months after the group made

its mark.

Two months after his death, AC/DC signed on Brian Johnson to take over

singing duties, and the group climbed to even higher heights of success,

with 1980's Back In Black selling over 10 million copies and 1981's

For Those About to Rock We Salute You reaching #1. The group hit a

creative dry point in the mid-1980s but continued to tour to sold-out arena

crowds. They turned things around with 1990's The Razor's Edge,

which spawned the massive hits "Thunderstruck" and "Money Talks." In 1992,

they released a live collection and continued to tour the world. Earlier

this year, AC/DC released a 5-CD set entitled Bon Fire, which

features live and rare tracks from the group's Bon Scott era and a

remastered version of Back In Black.

Other birthdays: Charlie Rich, 65; Frank Allen (Searchers), 54; Jackie McAuley (Them), 51; John Lurie (Lounge Lizards), 45; and Mike Scott (Waterboys), 39.