Musical Legends From the 60s The Seekers

Growing up in the 60s, I was always aware of the music that my parents had constantly playing on the radio. I don't think there was a single day that I didn't hear my mother singing along to the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones.

Whether we were bathing, playing out in the garden or just having a family gathering, music was the background to our lives. But one day, when I heard a song play on the radio, I suddenly had my first taste of love for a record. Of course, being only six years old, I never realised that the group in question were in fact The Seekers.

To me it was just a lovely sound, and every time I heard that tune, I would sway to the sound, and try desperately in my little voice to figure out the words. Over the years I have heard this group sing a medley of songs, and each and every one of them were amazing. The lead singers voice was so sweet it soured high throughout my home, and always made me happy. Judith Durham had woven the first strands of magic that began my love of their music. I was captivated by her melodies. And 40 years on, I can still feel that wonderful warm feeling when I turn on the radio and hear The Carnival Is Over.

The Seekers

The Seekers originally formed in 1962. They hail from Australia, and their music was a mixture of folk and pop. During the early 60s they were the first Australian group to achieve success not only in their native Country, but also The United Kingdom and The States. The lady with the beautiful voice was Judith Durham who also played the piano and tambourine. The other members of the group consisted of Athol Guy on double bass, Keith Potger who played a twelve string guitar and Bruce Woodley on guitar, mandolin and vocals.

All their records hit the top ten in the 60s. These include 'I'll Never Find Another You' and the wonderful ' The Carnival Is Over' which has always been my favorite. Evidently it comes from a Russian Folk Song, and was always sung at great events such as The Paralympics and other ceremonies.

In 1968 they were voted Australians Of The Year, the only group that won this accolade. In July of that year, Judith left to persue a solo career, and then the group disbanded. Over the years they got back together for a few gigs and then in 1995 they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

London

Back in 1964, The Seekers were offered a position on the Sitmar Cruise Liner for twelve months.When they eventually reached London England, they were offered work by a London Booking Agency. They signed with the World Record Club and released the single 'Myra' which was quickly followed by a TV series called Call in on Carroll hosted by Ronnie Carroll.

Soon after, they were introduced to Dusty Springfield's brother Tom, and he wrote for them the well known hit, 'I'll never Find Another You'. It soon went onto be a number one hit in England and Australia. And was the biggest selling song in the UK for 1965. In fact The Seekers were the only Australian group to have a top 5 hit in Australia, America and the UK.

After many years of touring the World and performing across the globe, The Seekers went their separate ways to record their own records. In 1992 The Seekers reunited and went on to tour, celebrating their 25 year Silver Jubilee Reunion. Following their success, they carried on playing their songs for another eleven years. With tours across Australia, the UK and New Zealand, they continued to fill Halls and Theatres, and produced many more best selling Albums.


40th Anniversary

In October 2002, The Seekers were the subject of a special issue on Australian Postage Stamps to commemorate their 40 years together. And in 2006 , they were given the Key to the City in Melbourne Australia. Over the following years, they were honored with many accolades, and in 2010 The Best Of The Seekers was listed in a book of 100 Best Australian Albums. Soon after, they were each awarded with a Gold disc for selling over 60 Million records.

The Seekers' Albums

  1. Introducing The Seekers 1963
  2. The Seekers 1964
  3. The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits 1965
  4. Hide And Seekers 1965
  5. A world Of Our Own 1965
  6. Come the Day 1966
  7. Georgy Girl 1966
  8. Seekers Seen In Green 1967
  9. The Seekers' Greatest Hits 1968
  10. The Seekers Live at the Talk Of The Town 1968
  11. The Best of The Seekers 1968
  12. The Seekers 1975
  13. Giving and Taking 1976
  14. Live On 1989
  15. Future Road 1997
  16. Morningtown Ride to Christmas 2001
  17. Night of Nights Live! 2002

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Judith Durham

Judith Durham has one of the most beautiful voices in the music world. Every time I heard her sing, I used to stand there and try to copy her. My little arms would sway to the music causing much laughter in my house. Even now when I hear them, it brings back so many memories. As I mentioned above, my favorite of all time has to be The Carnival Is Over. I grew to love the song so much that I knew it word for word, and still remember it today.

Judith was born on July 3rd 1943. She started out as a Jazz singer, but soon became the lead singer of The Seekers. As a Jazz artist, she began her career by asking the Melbourne University Jazz band, if they would mind if she sang with them. Her singing career may have just started, but even then the fans realised that she was something special.

She soon moved onto Folk Music and was a regular at the Toorak Road Coffee Lounge, The Treble Clef. She started singing with the regular group who turned out to be The Seekers. Little did she know then how successful they would be. After producing their first Demo tape, W&G Records asked to hear Judith's voice, and were so impressed that they signed the band.

On November 22, 1969 Judith married Ron Edgeworth, an English Pianist, who was also her musical director. The couple settled in England and returned to Australia back in the 1980s.

In 1990, Judith along with Ron and Mike their tour manager, were involved in a car accident. Judith was seriously injured, and the driver of the other car sadly died. Judith was so amazed at the outpouring of sympathy and love after the accident, that she decided to rejoin the group for a reunion show.

By the time 1993 arrived, they were back touring around the World, and renewing their popularity. But suddenly tragedy struck. Ron was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease and died shortly after. Judith was by his side.

Judith continued to perform, both as a solo artist, and as part of the group. In 2000, Judith re-released her Album Let Me Find Love, with the new title, Hold Onto Your Dream. And to celebrate her 60th Birthday in 2003 she held a concert in The Royal Albert Hall London. This was later released as a DVD.

At the present time, Judith is still recording. Along with the Dream album, she has also released Spiritual songs on her Up Close And Personal Album. There is also an Autobiography by Graham Simpson.

The Seekers continue to entertain with their wonderful music, and Judith Durham will always be one of my all time favorites.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Wooooo! You made it to 200 and I am so proud of you :) And an awesome tribute for the high achievement I see. Voted left and right and up but not down and shared all over.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ardie, I was going to tag you like you asked, but I am so embarrassed to say, I have no idea how to do it! haha! and thanks for all the up and down, and right and up! lol! much appreciated, thanks so much, nell


Audra 4 years ago

You wrote it!!!!! ...and did a fine job!!! I knew little information before. Now I may purchase a few tunes by them! Congrats on reaching 200!!! Voted up and shares all over the world!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Congrats on reaching 200 hubs. This is a really neat group. I had never heard of the Seekers before. I like anything with a folksy sound. Great job and a big milestone. Way to go!!!!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Guess I am not around enough to know about 200 but congratulations anyway! I will find out lol. I didn't care about this group until I was older, after I had kids actually and I would hear them on an oldies channel. It was good then to hear something not so hard on the ears!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I loved the music of The Seekers when I was growing up, and like you I enjoyed Judith Durham's voice very much. Thanks for this lovely description of the group's achievements, Nell, and for bringing back some delightful memories for me. Congratulations on your 200th hub!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hey there, Georgy Girl, there's another Georgy deep inside......then all the world will see a new Georgy Girl! Had that single Nell, older cousin gave it after it got scratchy from one of her parties. Loved the Georgy Girl hub and congrats to you on your 200th!


mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

I never knew these guys existed! They are amazing!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell Rose...You have definitely jiggled my memory. I haven't thought about this group in a long time. Yet, I admit I loved their tunes. You have me humming and singing now!

Thanks! Up ++


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I definitely remember them with Georgy Girl being my favorite. I'm amazed they're still around but they still sound as good as ever. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Wow, very nice, comprehensive info.

Two hundred Hubs??!! Aren't you the prolific one?

Voted up. Unfortunately, I'm at a computer with no audio or video right now. Hope to get back to the videos soon.

Take care, Nell.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Georgy Girl was very popular here in the US. I never knew anything about The Seekers until now. Thank you for such an in depth and captivating story. Voted awesome!!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow brilliant story - they sound really great!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Audra, I just came back in and saw all these awesome comments! thanks so much, I remember The Seekers from when I was little, got to be a teen and forgot them, and as I got older I loved them again!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, tammy never thought I would reach the 200! seemed to take ages, but here I am! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly I think as we get older we go back to the music that we did like but forgot as teens, I have been singing away while writing this, driving everybody mad! haha! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Alician, The Seekers where one of those groups that stayed simmering in the background of my music, and thanks to a mention of the new seekers on facebook brought it all back! here's to the next 200!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alastar, The Seekers bring back so many memories of when I was small, my mum God bless her, didn't have the best of voices, and she always ended a tune with Aaaaa! haha! but it was great reintroducing them to my memory again, thanks as always.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, mikey, they are one of the old groups that seem to stay in the background these days, but the music was and is still awesome, glad you liked it, thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, fpherj, they are good aren't they? so much better than some of the groups today! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, alocsin, I must admit that I didn't realise they were still going strong, especially Judith Durham, her voice is still as good today as back then, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Huntgoddess, lol! I got there in the end! glad you liked it, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, avian, thanks so much, I only knew about their music before researching them, and they have certainly had a long a brilliant career, thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, glad you liked them, it would be great if they could tour again over here, I would love to go and see them, thanks!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

What a great hub for your 200th. I remember the Seekers very well and they were always one of my favorites. I didn't know all the details of their lives. Rated up and awesome.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela, thanks so much, I grew up with their music always playing in the background, its lovely for me to finally find out so much about them, nell


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Wow Nell, A Big Congratulations my Friend on your 200th Hub...You Go Girl! "The Seekers" were such a Good, Clean Cut group of Singers...and who could forget the Movie "George Girl" staring Lynn Redgrave, who passed away a few years ago. Thanks for once again giving us this visit down Memory Lane and all their Great Video!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for the memories and congrats on reaching your 200th Hub! I remember 'I'll Never Find Another You' and of course 'Georgy Girl' (loved the Lynn Redgrave movie too).

The Christopher Guest comedy "A Mighty Wind" has a great group satirizing of The Seekers. Cheers!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That brings me back. I used to love The Seekers and Judith is still a great singer.

Long may they live.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations Nell on 200 hubs!

I remember the Seekers and Judith's voice was just the 'best'!

Wonderful hub thank you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, b. Malin, I do remember the film but only vaguely I would love to see it, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked my Seekers they are great aren't they?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Hilary, thanks! took me ages to get to 200! lol! I love all the records but especially The Carnival Is Over, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, christopher, thanks as always, and glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Movie, thanks so much, Judith is wonderful isn't she? cheers nell


Jobs Etc 4 years ago

I love "Georgy Girl" beautiful song and congratulations on reaching number 200.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jobs, thanks so much for reading, and the congrats, here's to the next 200! gulp! haha!


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I recognize the songs, just not the groups name, while I too grew up in the 60's. Interesting hub! Voted up and useful! : )


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, girltalksshop, I did too, I had forgotten that The Seekers where the ones that sang some of these, I am glad I found them again, thanks so much for the vote, nell


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Nell, sweetie, Will Starr is being victimized, and needs some help. They say he's been telling people to hit his money words. You know it's not true! Write hubpages, and visit him on his last hub... love, all my love, lily


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

What? Oh for goodness sake, who said that? thanks lily, I'll go over now, nell


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I had never heard about "The Seekers". But I am so happy reading about the musical legend through this hub. I also enjoy the video. Good job, Nell. My vote only for you and I press the buttons, except funny. Take care!

Love and peace,


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much pras, glad you liked it, hugs nell


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Oh, 200 hubs, duh, me, lol. Yes, congrats. Read and commented at yahoo on Camilla's new title that is to be bestowed upon her. My heart is not into even saying more. I noticed no one else had anything nice to say either though. I would say most Americans feel as I do.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly, thanks for the congrats, took me long enough to get here! haha! Camilla has a new title? must have missed that, I was going to be unkind about it then, but stopped myself just in time! lol! thanks for stopping by, always nice to see you, nell


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

"Georgey Girl" has always been one of my favorites. I didn't know the Seekers were from Australia - I though they were from Britain. Oh the memories! I can't believe how old we both are, Nell. I grew up in the '60's also. What a great hub and a great walk down memory lane. Thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, suzette, I must admit I never realised either, I have wonderful memories of sitting in my grans house really tiny, and trying to dance and sing to them! lol! I am so glad you liked it, and thanks!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Great 200th hub, but then all your hubs are great! I remember the Seekers (having been around a while). My favorite has always been "I'll Never Find Another You", such a truly beautiful love song! I'm sure everyone remembers Georgy Girl because of the movie. You packed a lot of information and facts into this hub and made it fun to read.

Voted up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks tillsontitan, I just remember growing up with their music in the background, I still know The Carnival Is Over, word for word! lol! thanks so much for the vote, cheers nell


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Nell, The Seekers were one of my favourite bands growing up too and my Nana always had them playing on her record player. My favourite of their songs is 'Georgy Girl' which I absolutely love. I have just sat and watched all of the videos you feature and will come back to see the rest of Judith's interview later. Great hub, really enjoyed it.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jools, I am so glad you liked it, I love Georgy Girl too. When I was writing this I couldn't stop playing the videos! lol! nearly drove everybody mad in my house, my voice isn't that good! thanks again, nell


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

That's my problem whenver I do a music hub, I get distracted by the music and forget I'm writing! It's great though, music is good for you!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

lol! thanks Jools, i quite agree, I will tell my family that I will be allowed to sing as much as I like. Oh where are those stupid earplugs...!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wow Nell this hub is awesome. I was introduced to The Seekers by Mum and Dad who bought all their singles and albums. This hub has really brought back so many wonderful memories.

LOL! I was also like you - I really wanted to sing like Judith! You are also correct - I have never heard a voice that can compare to Judith Durham. I think this lady could have sung within any genre and make it sound perfect.

I loved this hub!! Voted up + shared.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Seeker, thanks so much! I loved the Seekers when I was small, I can still get carried away singing when I see them on tv, thanks again, nell


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Loved Blowing in the Wind and 500 miles! Kept singing it in the car with my parents when I was younger. Thought provoking music as well! Great hub, Nell!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks midget, they are great aren't they? glad you liked it, cheers nell


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

You have informed me about some more cool legends. I definitely voted up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks again, the Seekers were really good back then or so I remember, thanks!


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

You are very welcome, Nell. I will do research on them.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Nell. A lovely warm hub. So full of memories for me. Judith had the most beautiful clear voice and diction didn't she. I was sad to learn of her husbands death from MND a terrible condition. It is good that she has carried on and is still performing. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi old albion, yes they were great, I remember being so little and listening to them on the radio, thanks to my mum! lol!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are such great memories of your childhood and of you singing the tunes of the day. I loved The Seekers and yet I never knew the lead singer's name. Her voice is truly remarkable. In the video, "Georgy Girl" that dress is so cool and I even saw one in the store last week that looked similar, so I guess the style is coming back. I should've hung on to my clothes from the sixties! Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful group and the enchanting story of their success.


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janderson99 2 years ago from Australia on Planet Water

Great Hub. As an Aussie I remember them very well. Cheers


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Lovely memories Nell, thank you. Only have to hear the Seekers and off I go. Judith Durham has had such tragedy in her life but remains serene and full of compassion and hope. The Carnival isn't over...


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm listening to the Georgy Girl video now and I can clearly remember listening to this song when I was a wee one and singing along...I can clearly hear now that I had all the words wrong back then! Haha! But I do love that song! :)


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bluebird 2 years ago

I loved the Seekers and I love this hub. Thanks! Great job, lots of info about them and also appreciated the videos. I know I'll never Find Another You is special, their best. Good hub.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Peg, yes I remember it so well when I was little, its amazing how we remember the words from when we were about five years old! lol! it just brings back so many memories, thanks so much for reading, nell


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

I love this hub, Nell. This brings back memories of the Sixties. I remember the Seekers. They have aged well. They are as good looking as they were in the sixties. Georgie Girl is one of my all time favorites. Thanks for sharing this with us. I love the songs and videos. Great job!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi janderson, yes of course! I bet they were so popular over there then, wish we still had bands like that don't you? thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi travmaj, I start singing to them too, I just remember them from when I was small but I loved them, yes she is amazing, and my favorite song is the Carnival is over, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

HIya Linda, lol! yes I always sing the wrong words too! but now I cheat! if I am playing them on here I look up the lyrics! lol! drives them all nuts in my house when I am singing! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi bluebird, thanks so much! yes they are amazing aren't they? I was amazed when I researched them and found out their history, love The Carnival best, thanks


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, thanks so much, why can't we have groups like that these days? I remember the New Seekers too, they were pretty good as well! I love all The Seekers songs, thanks, nell

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