The Australian Recording Industry Association added five more names into its Hall of Fame Thursday (Aug. 27) night.
The artists ranged from '70s pop singer John Paul Young, whose hits "Love Is In The Air" and "Yesterday's Heroes" went Top 10 throughout Europe, to acclaimed indigenous singer-songwriter Kev Carmody, who quipped on the night that he made history by getting inducted "with the lowest amount of record sales."
The event, at Melbourne's Forum Theatre, began with an unannounced appearance by Alice Cooper, who is currently on tour Down Under.
"Isn't this the Palais Theatre?" he quipped. "How embarrassing, I'm in the wrong theatre."
Good-natured pop band Mental As Anything overcame technical problems to play its three biggest hits -- "Live It Up", "The Nip Are Getting Bigger" and "If You Leave Can I Come Too." Satirist John Doyle inducted the band's members, who met at art school in the '70s and formed into a band to earn beer money.
Singer-songwriter Richard Clapton hailed the Dingoes, a seminal country-rock "supergroup," as the inspiration for him to start writing. The act reunited for its first performance in 30 years.
The Divinyls' Chrissie Amphlett flew from her home in New York to induct her cousin, Trisha "Little Pattie" Amphlett. "She was never little to me but rather large and luminous,'' Chrissie Amphlett recalled. At 14 years old, Little Pattie had a No. 2 domestic hit in the mid-'60s surf craze with, "He's My Blonde Haired Real Gone Stompie Wompie Surfer Boy." Warner Music's hotly tipped new signing Lisa Mitchell performed a laid-back rendition of the song.
Carmody provided one of the most moving moments of the night. The 63-year old drovers' son, who overcame being a member of the "stolen generation" of indigenous children fostered out to white families, played a solo rendition of his signature tune "Can't Buy My Soul" to pin-drop silence. Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, John Butler and Dan Kelly joined him for a song co-written with Kelly, "From Little Things, Big Things Grow."
Higgins earlier hailed Carmody's "life of courage" with songs that could "only come from battling racism and having his heart broken."
Young accepted his induction by TV personality Ian "Molly" Meldrum "on behalf of absent friends," and paid tribute to two recent deaths in the artist community: U.S. songwriter Ellie Greenwich and Magic Dirt bassist Dean Turner.
The ARIA Hall of Fame ceremony will air on domestic pay-TV channel VH1 on Friday at 8 p.m. and free-to-air Channel 9 on Saturday at 2 p.m.