Five acts were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame Aug. 27 at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre.
Pop act Mental As Anything was joined by three original members.
Seminal country rock outfit The Dingoes played its first show together in 30 years. In the mid-’70s, the act lived in America where it shared management with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Indigenous troubadour Kev Carmody was inducted by Missy Higgins, who then joined him along with Paul Kelly, John Butler, Dan Kelly and Natalie Pa’apa’a for a rendition of his classic “From Little Things, Big Things Grow.”
Chrissie Amphlett of the Divinyls flew from her home in New York to surprise and induct her cousin “Little Pattie” Amphlett, who as a 14-year-old in the mid-’60s had a No. 2 hit with “He’s My Blonde Haired Real Gone Stompie Wompie Surfer Boy.”
Seventies pop star John Paul Young, whose hits through Europe included “Love Is In The Air,” dedicated his honour to his musicians and business associates who had passed on.