The group of four became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States, eventually selling 50 million records.
Durham made her first recording at 19 and later achieved worldwide fame after joining The Seekers in 1963.
The Seekers’ lead singer Judith Durham made her first recording at 19. Source: AAP , ALAN PORRITT
The group of four became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and United States, eventually selling 50 million records.
“This is a sad day for Judith’s family, her fellow Seekers, the staff of Musicoast, the music industry and fans worldwide, and all of us who have been part of Judith’s life for so long,” The Seekers management team member Graham Simpson said .
“Once, the best known Australian voice was Judith Durham’s”, said arts minister Tony Burke. “With The Seekers and solo Judith earned her place as an icon of our music”, he added.
“With her unique voice and stage presence leading The Seekers, the band became one of Australia’s biggest chart toppers,” Mr Andrews said on Twitter.
She started singing with the Melbourne Uni Jazz Band at 18 and within a year, using her mother’s maiden name, made her first record, an EP for W&G with Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers.
In 1967, The Seekers set another record when they drew more than 200,000 people – almost 10 per cent of Melbourne’s entire population – to a concert at the Myer Music Bowl. They were also named Australians Of The Year.
The Seekers performing in Canberra during their Golden Jubilee tour on Friday, 3 May 2013. Source: AAP , ALAN PORRITT
When the bubble burst the following year, it was Durham holding the pin.
She said when she sang the track You Are My Star, “my vision is of the whole universe surrounded by the love in my heart. It’s a love that defies time and space to encompass everything”.