To his millions of fans, he was the best rhythm guitarist in the world, but this morning Malcolm Young was remembered as a devoted family man, a tea-drinking serial capsizer of boats and a loyal collaborator with his music label of more than 40 years, Albert Music.

On Tuesday, the Young family and the Albert family turned out in force to farewell the 64 year old musician, whose distinctive, hard-driving sound was the backbone of Aussie rock powerhouse AC/DC. The traditional Catholic funeral was conducted by Monsignor Tony Doherty -- Sydney’s most erudite Catholic priest -- at St Mary’s Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir singing "Amazing Grace", "the Lord is My Shepherd" and "Jerusalem". It wasn’t until the Scots College Pipes and Drums Band, marching in front of his hearse along College St, struck up the first chords of "Long Way to the Top" that we heard a note of the music for which he was famous.