Judith Durham, a legend in Australian folk music and the lead singer of The Seekers has died at the age of 79. Universal Music Australia and Musicoast reported on August 5 that Durham had died at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne from complications related to chronic lung disease. ABC News.
She recorded her first album at 19 after joining The Seekers in 1963. The quartet sold 50 million records. They were the first Australian bands to be able to chart on the charts in the United States and Great Britain.
They had many international hits, including “The Carnival is Over,” “I’ll Never Find Another You,” “A World of Our Own,” “Georgy Girl.”Durham recorded again with The Seekers, even though he was solo in 1968.
“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,”Graham Simpson, a member of The Seekers’ management group.
Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy, her bandmates from The Seekers, expressed their sadness at the passing of “our treasured lifelong friend and shining star”It had a profound impact on their lives.”Her struggle was intense and heroic, never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion. Her magnificent musical legacy Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share,”They agreed.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Durham to be a “national treasure and an Australian icon.”Judith Durham spoke out for a new strand in our identity and helped to create a path for a new generation Australian artists.” Albanese wrote on Twitter. “Many will miss her kindness, and the anthems that she sang for our country will never be forgotten.”
In her home state of Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said Durham had triumphed in both the Australian and international music worlds. He said, “The Seekers were a chart-topper in Australia thanks to their distinctive voice and stage presence.