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 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.
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.
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
- Introducing The Seekers 1963
- The Seekers 1964
- The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits 1965
- Hide And Seekers 1965
- A world Of Our Own 1965
- Come the Day 1966
- Georgy Girl 1966
- Seekers Seen In Green 1967
- The Seekers' Greatest Hits 1968
- The Seekers Live at the Talk Of The Town 1968
- The Best of The Seekers 1968
- The Seekers 1975
- Giving and Taking 1976
- Live On 1989
- Future Road 1997
- Morningtown Ride to Christmas 2001
- Night of Nights Live! 2002
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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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