The Seekers

The Seekers are a group of Australian folk-influenced popular musicians that was formed in Melbourne in 1962. They were the first Australian popular music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States and were a highly popular band of the 1960s, at some points rivaling the popularity of The Beatles.

Their best-known configuration is:

The Seekers had nine hits in Britain and Australia in the 1960s: I'll never find another you", "A World of Our Own", "The Carnival is Over" (which The Seekers have sung at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including Expo '88 and the Paralympics and still stands as the 30th Best Selling Song in the United Kingdom), "Someday One Day", "Walk With Me", "Morningtown Ride", "Georgy Girl" (the title song of the film of the same name), "When Will the Good Apples Fall" and "Emerald City".

Bruce Woodley's and Dobe Newton's song "I Am Australian", which has been recorded by The Seekers, and by singer Judith Durham with Russell Hitchcock and Mandawuy Yunupingu, has become an unofficial Australian anthem. To date The Seekers have sold over 50 million records.

Just as a matter of interest these songs were  very popular with my dad being fathers day and all that I would like to give a tribute to him on this page.  I remember so many days when we used to hear The Seekers being played on LP records on the Steriogram.  If your listening dad up there I salute you !

"I'll Never Find Another You" sold 1.76 million copies worldwide, and made The Seekers the first Australian pop group to have a Top 5 hit in all three countries (Australia, UK, and United States) simultaneously. They were also the first Australian recording artists to sell more than a million copies of a single. The Seekers followed "I'll Never Find Another You" with two more Tom Springfield compositions, "A World of Our Own" (which reached No.3 in May 1965 in the UK) and "The Carnival Is Over", which reached No.1 in November. At its peak, "The Carnival Is Over" was selling 90,000 copies a day in the UK alone.


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barryrutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

André Rieu fans – The Celebration of Music Tour will open in Australia on the 3rd of May. He’s performing in Brisbane on 18 & 19 of May!


Morgan Lin 5 years ago

Jennifer, you are right on with your comment. Judith has the most angelic voice that I have ever heard with the boys harmonizing. Listening to Judith when she sang "All over the world" is ever so soothing.


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barryrutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Unfortunately Andre has been sick and the concerts are postponed until early next year...


Henry D'souza 5 years ago

The Seekers will always be a sellout. Not only were the greatest performers of the 60s, they came across as a wonderful group of people


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I feel sure they will play all the hits well at least five of them


D. Marie Love 6 years ago

Okay. Here's a guess.Judith's, The Olive Tree,arranged by Barry Richards which got little airplay, nevertheless a beautiful song she recorded as she slowly walked away from the Seekers to start her solo career.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

D. Marie Love

Why not !


D. Marie Love 6 years ago

Should we try to guess which songs from Judith Durham or The Seekers were likely to be selected given their many songs arranged with orchestral strings?


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ir no doubt is still secret they are rehearsing in Holland with Anfre no doubt their hits will be played !


D. Marie Love 6 years ago

How can those of us in the USA who cannot attend find out what songs Judith Durham and the boys of the Seekers will be performing?I'm most anxious to envision them singing some of my favorites.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Jennifer I happen to strongly agree with you !


Jennifer 6 years ago

The Seekers do not need Andre Rieu! I know who the support act will be and it won't be the Seekers. The Seekers have had at least 4 reunion tours since they last reformed for their 1993 concerts. They have not performed together for the last six years and I for one am so excited to see them back together again. That is the only reason I am going to the Rieu concert. The Seekers if they reformed could sell out the Melbourne Concert Hall night after night if they wanted to. They do not need Andre Rieu


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Loveslove

I am very certain that they will be pefrming seperately except for maybe one or two numbers...


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Loveslove 6 years ago from England

Above should read magnificent musician !!


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Loveslove 6 years ago from England

Cant imagine anything more bizarre than the New Seekers trying to sing with Andre Rieu they will surely ruin his performance..he is wonderful a magnificent singer .he doesnt need their dubious help !!


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

"AND FURNISH IT WITH LOVE !"


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Suddenly I want to drink a Bottle of Coke !


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ted Kaye yes i knew The New Seekers were an eitielt different group they had a hit in 1971; "I'd like to teach the world to sing..."


Ted Kaye 6 years ago

Actually the Seekers, with Judith Durham is the orginal incarnation of the band. After Judith left in 1968 the guys continued with other lead singers. The New Seekers were an entirely different group of people. The orginal Seekers including Judith reformed and toured as a group for more than 10 years in the late 90s to sold out shows in the UK and Australia. This will be the first time they have all four performed together in 6 years.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Merlin it is becoming a bit or a habit of mine to spell names wrong lately as you know. Will have to double ceck bofe I post. Funny thing at Unitwenty years ago I got into the same bad habit. A lecturer wrote on the front of my essay joeingly i think arrh there goes 20 marks. The Seekers well thye sork of did a farewll tour back in1993 and have played only a couple of times since they are very straight sober people so their living expenses would be a lot less than conventional bands but still their bills would still need to be paid. They can still sing so I for one will be going when they play here in Brisbane in October...


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Hi Barry,

Hate to correct you buddy but his name is Andre and I didn't know the New Seekers were still around....

I'll look forward to seeing them trying to stand up on stage without their Zimmer Frames....!

How come they're trying to make a comeback after so long ?

Not sure Andre Rieu will need their help to sell out he's the hottest thing in European Classical music since Mozart...

His Shows are always sell outs and he will Wow you Down Under I promise.

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