Colin Hay has received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music alongside the late trailblazing promoter Colleen Ironside.
The multi-talented Colin Hay rose to international fame with seminal ’80s hitmakers Men At Work. While the band would reach the heights of stardom—they took home a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist and sold more than 30 million records worldwide on the strength of #1 singles like Who Can It Be Now? and Down Under – by 1985, they’d called it quits.
Hay said about his latest honour, “To receive the news that APRA wanted to bestow this most prestigious Ted Albert Award is very special indeed. This award is for outstanding services to Australian Music. I think services is the key word here. It’s important to realise at some point in your life that it is a valuable thing to be of service. To be of some use.”
Colleen Ironside began her career at the Harbour Agency in Sydney before branching out with her booking agency APA, promoting clients such as INXS, Ratcat, Jenny Morris, Wendy Matthews, and James Reyne.
The Guardian Colin Hay on Men At Work – and bartering with Sia: ‘If you clean your room we will watch David Letterman’: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/apr/13/colin-hay-on-men-at-work-and-bartering-with-sia-if-you-clean-your-room-we-will-watch-david-letterman