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”.
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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