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:: Spotlight :: 2007 ARIA Hall Of Fame

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Matt Deller

ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) is proud to announce the first three inductees in the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame - an event dedicated to paying tribute to iconic artists that have made a significant impact and enduring contribution to our music landscape.

This very special event, now in its 3rd year, will take place on Wednesday, July 18 at the Plaza Ballroom at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Once again ARIA is thrilled to announce that VH1 will be broadcasting the event on FOXTEL - date to be confirmed.

The first inductees to be announced for 2007 run the gamut and celebrate our musical diversity - from garage rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues to yodelling and country music. And on July 18, as has become tradition, other artists will toast their peers and officially induct these music forebears into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

ARIA Awards/Hall of Fame Chairman Ed St John said, "Over the past two years the ARIA Hall of Fame has become one of the most exciting and memorable events on the entertainment calendar. A night of moving speeches, hilarious stories and rare re-unions - an opportunity to embrace the past, bury the hatchet and settle old scores. Anyone who has seen our last two induction ceremonies would agree that this is a night not to be missed, so it gives us enormous pleasure to be shaping up for another round with a great line-up of iconic Australian artists. In a year that has seen the sad loss of two legends of Australian music - Billy Thorpe and Lobby Loyde - the ARIA Hall of Fame is more relevant than ever.”

Now ARIA is honoured to announce the first three (3) music artists who will be inducted into the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame and become a part of Australian music history at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.

The HOODOO GURUS, one of the most inventive, lyrically smart and exciting rock’ n ’roll bands Australia has ever produced will line-up to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame on July 18. The band will be inducted alongside Australia’s first lady of rhythm and blues, MARCIA HINES.

The last of the first three Inductees is legendary singer / songwriter / yodeller FRANK IFIELD, one of the most original Australian country music artists.

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**Update as at June 20 - Three more inductees announced**

Brian Cadd, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and Radio Birdman are the next three acts announced as inductees into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The acts join the previously announced trio of Marcia Hines, Hoodoo Gurus and Frank Ifield.

Singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer Brian Cadd has been in integral part of the music industry for close to 40 years. For Cadd, the induction to ARIA’s Hall of Fame “absolutely puts the icing on the cake."
Brian Cadd has featured in bands The Groop and Axiom – the latter of which had the huge hit ‘A Little Ray Of Sunshine’. He is also remembered for his great hit “Ginger Man” and the theme song for the comedy hit “Alvin Purple”.

Joe Camilleri’s Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons were pioneers of the Oz rock scene delivering a a ska and blue beat influence previously unseen in Aussie rock… Speaking of the induction to ARIA Hall of Fame Camilleri said, "After all is said and done, it’s a good thing to celebrate, and a nice thing to recognize, the fact that 30 years ago a band which was true to itself helped shape the distinctly Australian music culture we all love today”.
Among their hits were “All I Wanna Do”, “Hit And Run”, “Shape I'm In”, and “Puppet On A String”.

Radio Birdman was only together for four years, from 1974 - 1978, but in that time they set the standard for hard hitting garage rock worldwide.

2007 ARIA Hall of Fame is on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at the Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre, Melbourne

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**Pictures from the event by Matt Deller**

Brian Cadd & wife Frank Ifield & wife
Hoodoo Gurus
Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons
Thirsty Merc's Rai Thistlethwayte was a guest performer with Brian Cadd's induction
Marcia Hines
Jade Macrae Jimmy Barnes
The Waifs Connie Mitchell of Sneaky Sound System