Singer/songwriter Helen Reddy and hard rock band Rose Tattoo are the final two acts to be inducted into the Australasian Recording Industry Assn.’s Hall Of Fame.
They join the previously unveiled rock bands Icehouse, Divinyls and Daddy Cool.
The event will be held Aug. 16 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, and broadcast four days later at prime time on pay TV channel VH1.
Melbourne-born Reddy relocated to New York in 1965 after winning a TV talent quest. She later signed with Capitol Records and went on to record a string of international chart smashes, including “Delta Dawn” and the iconic track “I Am Woman,” for which she won a Grammy. During her career, she sold an estimated 15 million albums. Reddy, now aged 64, has returned to live in Australia.
Rose Tattoo formed in Sydney 30 years ago, with an aim “to be the meanest, loudest and most in-your-face rock band around,” according to singer Angry Anderson. The act was signed to Sydney label Albert Productions, also home to AC/DC. Its debut album “Rose Tattoo” (1978), later retitled “Rock’n’Roll Outlaw,” yielded such Top 20 hits as “Bad Boys For Love” and “Rock’n’Roll Outlaw”.
Having split in 1985, the band reformed in 1993 at the request of Axl Rose who wanted them to open for the Guns N’ Roses Australian tour that year. The band has reunited sporadically for European and U.S. tours, and earlier this year lost founder member and slide guitarist Peter Wells to cancer at 59.