THE SEEKERS: BIO AND BEST SONGS

THE SEEKERS: BIO AND BEST SONGS

When we think of influential pop folk groups, we can’t help but think of The Seekers, the Australian quartet that peaked in the 1960s. The group was one of the first from that country to achieve huge sales success in the US and UK, and it’s no surprise that they are so revered in their homeland, as well as by millions of fans around the world.

The band first formed in Melbourne in 1962, and its first members were: Judith Durham on vocals, piano and tambourine; Athol Guy on double bass and vocals; Keith Potger on twelve-string guitar, banjo and vocals; and Bruce Woodley on guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals. Despite their success, the group disbanded several times, including with new members on several occasions, but the original quartet reunited in 1992.

The band played together until Durham died in 2020 at the age of 79 from lung disease. Guy, Potger and Woodley are still playing together but under the name “The Originals Seekers”. They released a new album in 2019 called “Back to Our Roots”. Learn more about the history of this mythical band and their best songs.

 

MUSICAL STYLE, GREATEST HITS AND LEGACY

After moderate success in Australia with their first album “Introducing the Seekers”, especially their single “Waltzing Matilda”, the band conquered the United Kingdom and the United States with their single “I’ll Never Find Another You,” which reached number 1 in Australia and Great Britain, as well as number 4 in the United States.

The band’s unique sound, thanks to Durham’s voice and harmonies, made them stand out and received media support. According to Australian music historian Ian McFarlane, their style was “a bright, dynamic sound, yet they were too pop to be considered strictly folk and too folk to be rock”.

MUSICAL STYLE, GREATEST HITS AND LEGACY

In addition to “I’ll Never Find Another You,” the band had commercial success with other singles such as “A World of Our Own,” “Morningtown Ride,” “Someday, One Day,” “Georgy Girl,” which was their biggest single in the U.S. (#2), and “The Carnival Is Over.” The band is estimated to have sold 50 million records worldwide.

Unsurprisingly, however, it was in Australia that they received their greatest accolades. In 1968, they were named “Australians of the Year” as a group, the only group to have achieved such a distinction. In 2014, each member was individually awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours.

They were also inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1995, while “I’ll Never Find Another You” was added to the Australian Sounds of Australia register of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2011. In 1968, they broke up for the first time, as Durham wanted to pursue a solo career. The group continued with other singers, until Durham returned in 1992 ( porno français ).

THEIR GREATEST HITS

According to the specialised blog Album Reviews, these are their 10 best songs:

  • I Wish You Could Be Here.
  • When The Stars Begin To Fall.
  • Red Rubber Ball.
  • I’ll Never Find Another You.
  • Morningtown Ride.
  • Someday, One Day.
  • A World Of Our Own.
  • Georgy Girl.
  • The Carnival Is Over.
  • Come The Day.

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THE BEST SONGS OF THE WAIFS

THE BEST SONGS OF THE WAIFS
Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn together Josh Cunningham

Those who are versed in Australian folk will surely know The Waifs, known throughout the world for having some of the most recognized pieces of the genre.

Active since 1992 and still on stage, the band is made up of sisters Donna Simpson (vocals and guitar) and Vikki Thorn (vocals, harmonica and guitar), who share the stage with Josh Cunningham, who leads the vocals and accompanies with his guitar.

Not only have they traveled the world with their music. But, in addition, they have had up to 3 of their singles in the Top 50 of Greatest Hits of Australian Folk at the same time, in 2011. Likewise, they had the honor of accompanying Bob Dylan in 2003 at the concert of Newport Folk Festival.

 

TOP 10 OF THE BEST SONGS OF THE WAIFS

Although they are not currently among the most famous in folk, those who follow the track of the band from the beginning will remember some of these great successes. The fast.fm website lists them by number of streams in the following order:

  • London Still – Up All Night (2003).
  • Lighthouse – Up All Night (2003).
  • Sun Dirt Water – Sun Dirt Water (2007).
  • Beautiful You – Beautiful You (2015).
  • Ironbark – Ironbank (2017).
  • Higher Ground – Ironbank (2017).
  • Bridal Train (studio version) – A Brief History… (2004).
  • Highway One – Up All Night (2003).
  • Fisherman’s Daughter – Up All Night (2003).
  • I Learn The Hard Way – Temptation (2011).

SUMMARY OF HIS MUSICAL CAREER

The band began its history in Albany, Australia. Donna and Vikki, who already knew the stages before, had a band called ‘Colors’. Under that name, they would do folk covers of songs by the Everly Brothers and Bob Dylan in local bars.

During a local tour they met Josh Cunningham, an 18-year-old Australian pianist who was playing in a band at the time. The immediate chemistry brought them together in a 10-minute blues session that turned into an entire career spanning more than 20 years xxx.

‘Colors’ was renamed ‘The Waifs‘, combining string instruments of various kinds (guitar, ukulele, mandolin and bass) with vocals and drums. They toured the entire country from 1992 to 1996, achieving unprecedented local fame.

The Waifs
The Waifs

In 1996 they decided to take the big step: they were ready to stop being the typical local band that plays in bars every night. They moved to Melbourne and produced their first single, released in May on Outside Music. At the end of the century, it was one of the most important independent labels on the market.

Throughout their career they have been awarded some of the most important awards in folk music in Australia, including the National Live Music Awards.

Although their last album came out in 2017, they still attract the attention of their loyal audience and new folk lovers.

And you, did you already know this sensational band?

 

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