The Seekers singer dies at 79 – Billboard

Judith Durham, the Australian folk music icon who rose to worldwide fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has died. She was 79 years old.

Durham died at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital on Friday night (August 5) after suffering complications from a long-standing lung disease, Universal Music Australia and Musicoast said in a statement on Saturday.

He made his first recording at age 19 and rose to fame after joining The Seekers in 1963. The four-piece became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the UK and the United States, eventually selling 50 million records.

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International hits included “The Carnival is Over”, “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “A World of Our Own” and “Georgy Girl”.

Durham embarked on a solo career in 1968, but returned to recording with The Seekers in the 1990s.

“This is a sad day for Judith’s family, her fellow Seekers, the Musicoast staff, the music industry and fans around the world, and all of us who have been a part of Judith’s life for so long.” said Graham, a member of The Seekers’ management team. simpsons.

His Seekers bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy said their lives had been changed forever by losing “our precious lifelong friend and shining star”.

“His fight was intense and heroic, never complaining about his fate and fully accepting his conclusion. Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share his magnificent musical legacy.”

A national treasure and Australian icon, Judith Durham gave voice to a new aspect of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists.

His kindness will be missed by many, the anthems he gave our nation will never be forgotten.

— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) August 6, 2022

Tributes poured in for the beloved singer, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese describing Durham as “a national treasure and an Australian icon”.

“Judith Durham gave voice to a new aspect of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists,” Albanese wrote on Twitter. “Her kindness will be missed by many, the hymns she gave our nation will never be forgotten.”

In his home state of Victoria, Prime Minister Dan Andrews said Durham had taken the music world by storm both in Australia and abroad.

“With his unique voice and stage presence fronting The Seekers, the band became one of the biggest in Australia,” he said.

Source: www.billboard.com