Country veteran John Williamson, alternative rockers the Church, pop star-turned TV talent scout Johnny Young, post-punk group the Models and '60s pop band the Loved Ones are this years inductees into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The five acts will be feted during an Oct. 27 ceremony at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, where they will join a growing club of Australian music icons, which includes the likes of AC/DC, Dame Joan Sutherland, Olivia Newton John, Johnny O'Keefe, Paul Kelly, John Farnham and Slim Dusty.
The annual fixture honors "those artists whose musical achievements have had a significant impact in Australia, and around the world," explains labels body ARIA in a statement issued today (Sept. 27).
None have enjoyed quite such a lengthy career as Williamson. This year marks 40 years since the "Mallee Boy" got his first break by way of the "New Faces" TV talent show. Since then, the EMI-signed artist has sold more than 4 million albums, won three ARIA Awards, 24 Golden Guitars and performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony. Earlier this year, Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce presented Williamson with a plaque to commemorate the singer's 40th anniversary in the business.
"I don't think I'll ever stop. I'll just slow down and get smarter," Williamson recently told Billboard.biz. "Like most people, I'm sick of airports and motels and the same roads. But I still enjoy looking for songs."
Another act enjoying a milestone on the year of their Hall of Fame induction is the Church. This year marks the 30th anniversary since the Steve Kilbey-led guitar band launched their career, one which has generated such hits as "Reptile," "Almost With You," and "Under the Milky Way," a top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1988.
A former teen pop star in the Western Australian capital Perth, Johnny Young became a household name across the nation over the course of his production work on numerous music TV shows. Through the 70s and 80s decades, Young hosted one of Australian TV's most popular shows "Young Talent Time," which served as a launch pad for the careers of Tina Arena, Danni Minogue and many others.
The Models rode the new wave like no other Australian band in the early 80s. And as their name would suggest, the Melbourne band changed their style with regularity. They emerged in the post-punk era with 1980's "Cut Lunch." The synth-driven track "I Hear Motion" was a hit in 1983, but it wasn't until 1985 that the band cut through into the mainstream with pop songs "Barbados" and "Out of Mind Out of Sight."
Of the five inductees this year, the Loved Ones got into the game first. Formed in 1965, they're best remembered for their No. 2 Australian hit the following year with "The Loved One," a track which was covered years down the track by another earlier ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, INXS.
This year's ceremony will be broadcast free-to-air for the first time on SBS Television, as a dedicated special edition of the music trivia show "RocKwiz."