The Age and Music Victoria Announce Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary Inductees!

AC/DC, Bill Armstrong, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Palais Theatre, Archie Roach, Stan Rofe, The Seekers, Sunbury Festival and The Thunderbirds to be celebrated at one-off concert event in November!

 

John Farnham to headline live concert event!

 

Archie Roach, Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe,

Colleen Hewett, Vika Bull, Angie Hart, Mark Seymour confirmed to perform!

The Age and Music Victoria today revealed details of The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees and a special concert event to be held at The Palais Theatre on Friday, 20 November 2015.

 

First introduced in 2006, The Age Music Victoria Awards (formerly The Age EG Awards) are the largest publicly voted music awards in Australia and at a media launch held this morning at The Palais Theatre, Music Victoria’s CEO Patrick Donovan, and The Age’s Shortlist Editor Martin Boulton announced the ten legendary Victorian musicians and industry icons who will be celebrated at the event’s 10th  Anniversary concert.

Unlike the annual Awards, the selection of the The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees was made by a voting panel including former inductees, musicians and music professionals, all of whom had their work cut out for them in selecting just ten inductees from Victoria’s long and illustrious musical heritage. Eligibility required inductees to have been Victorian residents when they made a significant contribution to Victoria culture.

 

The one night only concert event on Friday, 20 November, 2015, will be hosted by RocKwiz’ Brian Nankervis with musical backing by the EG Allstars featuring Pete Luscombe (musical director), James Black, Bill McDonald and Ash Naylor.

 

The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees John Farnham (30 minute set) and Archie Roach will be joined on stage at The Palais Theatre by a few of their friends and fellow Victorian musical stars including Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, Colleen Hewett, Vika Bull, Angie Hart and Mark Seymour with more to be confirmed.

 

“These inductees are the architects of Victorian music and we are privileged to have the opportunity to pay tribute to them all in this one never-to-be-repeated event,”  said Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan.

 

Andrew Holden, Editor of The Age, added ''The only way to celebrate this fantastic milestone is with 10 outstanding inductees, each one thoroughly deserving of the recognition that comes with being welcomed into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all our inductees.''

 

$5.00 from every ticket sold will be donated to the events charity partner, Support Act Limited,

to help musicians in need.

 

Full biographical material and pictures of all The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall  of Fame inductees can be downloaded from: www.dropbox.com/sh/z9skmdfejgi268j/AADkHQDKIHXAB46fZnIF1DHBa?dl=0

 

A highlights reel from the 2013 event can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jvEd7IUmMg.

 

Tickets for The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame go on sale at 9.00am on Friday, 19 June, 2015 and are expected to sell FAST!

 

Without further ado, The Age Music Victoria Awards’ 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees (in alphabetical order) are:

 

AC/DC formed in 1973 and released their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. More than four decades into a career that shows no signs of slowing down or letting up, AC/DC, have sold over 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million in the US alone, and continue to perform sell out shows at stadiums and arenas around the world. Songs like High Voltage, TNT, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Highway to Hell, Back in Black and Thunderstruck are embedded in our psyche and remain on rotation on radio stations around the world. In 2003, AC/DC were inducted into the USA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004 had a Melbourne laneway named after them. Their latest album, Rock or Bust, debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and their Rock or Bust World Tour will see them in Australia in November.

 

Angus Young from AC/DC said Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band. Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. It is an honour”.

 

Bill Armstrong, AM’s extraordinary career has spanned over 50 years from wire recordings, through discs of varying dimensions and speeds, to cassettes and CDs and now the digital age. Bill has been recording music and sounds since before Robert Menzies was Australia’s Prime Minister (and later made wire recordings of some Menzies’ speeches). Like much of Bill’s valuable work these recordings, and dozens more, are held at the National Film and Sound Archive. But it is Bill’s life of recording music - from the early days with the likes of Graeme Bell and Smacka Fitzgibbon, through to explosive years of change as the 60s became the 70s and Australian music took on the world - for which he is best known. Armstrong Studios became the iconic space in which to record great pop records, and countless careers were launched there, including those of John Farnham, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, Daddy Cool, Skyhooks, Spectrum the Sports, the Models and the Little River Band. Under Bill’s direction, Armstrong’s became the largest studio complex in the southern hemisphere, the artists and those who recorded them understood that it was  Bill’s attitude towards them that made the difference. At the same time Bill recorded legendary performers as

 

AC/DC formed in 1973 and released their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. More than four decades into a career that shows no signs of slowing down or letting up, AC/DC, have sold over 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million in the US alone, and continue to perform sell out shows at stadiums and arenas around the world. Songs like High Voltage, TNT, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Highway to Hell, Back in Black and Thunderstruck are embedded in our psyche and remain on rotation on radio stations around the world. In 2003, AC/DC were inducted into the USA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004 had a Melbourne laneway named after them. Their latest album, Rock or Bust, debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and their Rock or Bust World Tour will see them in Australia in November.

 

Angus Young from AC/DC said Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band. Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. It is an honour”.

 

Bill Armstrong, AM’s extraordinary career has spanned over 50 years from wire recordings, through discs of varying dimensions and speeds, to cassettes and CDs and now the digital age. Bill has been recording music and sounds since before Robert Menzies was Australia’s Prime Minister (and later made wire recordings of some Menzies’ speeches). Like much of Bill’s valuable work these recordings, and dozens more, are held at the National Film and Sound Archive. But it is Bill’s life of recording music - from the early days with the likes of Graeme Bell and Smacka Fitzgibbon, through to explosive years of change as the 60s became the 70s and Australian music took on the world - for which he is best known. Armstrong Studios became the iconic space in which to record great pop records, and countless careers were launched there, including those of John Farnham, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, Daddy Cool, Skyhooks, Spectrum the Sports, the Models and the Little River Band. Under Bill’s direction, Armstrong’s became the largest studio complex in the southern hemisphere, the artists and those who recorded them understood that it was  Bill’s attitude towards them that made the difference. At the same time Bill recorded legendary performers as

 

they toured Australia including landmark albums by the likes of jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and Cleo Laine, regarded as one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. The producers and engineers who worked with Bill to make all that magic speak of a man always open to the ideas of others and with an eagle eye for talent on both sides of the recording console. Not long before he died last year, the legendary Australian music writer and previous The Age Music Victoria Award inductee, Ed Nimmervoll, hit the nail on the head when he observed that under Bill’s care, Armstrong Studios had become Australia’s Sun Studios, perhaps even its Abbey Road.

 

Bill Armstrong said today, “I was born in 1929 at the start of electric recording, talkies and radio and I decided at an early age that all I wanted to do was get involved in records somehow, without having any idea how. That was, and still is my passion and I’m still at it all these years later. What else would I do? Music is an important part of everyone’s life and to paraphrase what the great Louis Armstrong sings I think to myself often, what a wonderful world and life I’ve been lucky to have”

 

John Farnham, AO is one of Australia’s most successful artists and has been “The Voice” of Australian music for over 30 years. In September 1967, at the age of 18, he was signed to a recording contract and in December of that year released the single, Sadie The Cleaning Lady, which became the biggest-selling single in Australia at that time. A string  of  hits following including One, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Help, Pressure Down, Burn For You and the anthem, You're The Voice, which sold a million copies in Europe and reached the Top 10 in England. His watershed album, Whispering Jack, held the No. 1 position on the Australian album charts for a total of 25 weeks, and is still the highest-selling album in Australian history. Rock historian, Ian McFarlane described him as "the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock and pop ... Farnham has retained an affable sense of humour and a simple, unpretentious 'everyman' charm which also makes him one of the most respected celebrities in Australian entertainment history” and we couldn’t agree more. John’s enviable CV contains some seriously impressive milestones including stage productions (Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and Charlie Girl), lead singer with the Little River Band, being named Australian of the Year and King of Pop (5 times!), 19 ARIA Awards and an ARIA Hall of Fame induction. He’s currently preparing for the release of his 26th album, Two Strong Hearts Live, with fellow inductee Olivia Newton-John, on 26 June.

 

John Farnham said today, “I am extremely proud to be on this list. I am a proud Victorian, now I am even prouder”

 

Olivia Newton-John, AO OBE - With a career spanning more than five decades Olivia’s career started in Melbourne after winning a talent contest at the age of 15 on the popular TV show of the '60s, Sing, Sing, Sing. She has since sold over 100 million albums, won four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and garnered 10 No. 1 hits and over 15 top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time. Throughout her career, she has held many humanitarian and environmental causes close to her heart. After nearly 10 years of helping to raise more than $200 million, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC) opened in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, in 2012. She is currently selling out her acclaimed “Summer Nights” concert residency at Flamingo Las Vegas and, is thrilled that a portion of every ticket sold to these shows benefits the Wellness Programs at the ONJCWC.

 

Olivia Newton-John said, “I am so delighted to be receiving this amazing honour. I certainly didn't do this alone - and so I would like to thank everyone who has lent me a hand, or who gave me a word of advice on my amazing adventure. My gratitude to all the talented songwriters, producers, actors, musicians and singers who have written, played and/or performed my music with me throughout the years. Thank you to my array of managers, agents and my team behind the scenes who support me, and, of course, the fans, for without you I definitely wouldn’t still be singing!

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