Retro-rockers Hoodoo Gurus and punk pioneers Radio Birdman were among a raft of veteran acts inducted last night into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.

The other inductees were R&B diva Marcia Hines, singer/songwriter and producer Brian Cadd, now-defunct blues/rock outfit Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons, and country singer Frank Ifield, who had four chart-toppers in the United Kingdom in the 1960s.

Sydney-based publisher, promoter and talent manager John Woodruff was given a lifetime achievement award for discovering acts such as Savage Garden, Icehouse, Baby Animals and the Angels, and for setting up Dirty Pool booking agency in the 1980s.

An edited version of the three-hour event will be broadcast on cable channel Foxtel's VH1 channel at 7.30pm on Sunday (July 22).

Silverchair's Daniel Johns was on hand to induct Radio Birdman. During his speech, Johns told the audience that, although they broke up a year after he was born, the band's seminal albums, including "Radios Appear," were essential listening at school.

Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek thanked the ARIA board for the honor, "considering we've never had a hit in the charts."

Also on the night, music entrepreneur Harry M. Miller recalled auditioning Hines as a 16-year-old in her hometown Boston for the 1970 Australian run of "Hair," the controversial stage musical. He signed her on the spot.

Hines went on to sell half a million albums through Wizard/RCA and Warner Music Australia.

The Hoodoo Gurus was inducted by popular sports presenter and comedian H.G. Nelson.

Radio Birdman and the Hoodoo Gurus, who are to tour together later this year, performed at the awards gala.

The ARIA Hall of Fame has been part of October's ARIA awards since 1988. It became a stand-alone event in 2005.

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