Ex-Seekers singer Judith Durham dies aged 79

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The Seekers have sold more than 50 million records thanks to hits like Morningtown Ride and Georgy Girl



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Judith Durham pictured with her Seekers bandmates in 2015 (Image: Getty Images)

The Seekers have performed in various incarnations over the years, but the band’s heyday was in the 1960s.

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Who was Judith Durham and what songs was she best known for?

Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Seekers had a string of hits in the 1960s (Image: Getty Images)

Who was Judith Durham?

Judith Durham was an Australian singer from the state of Victoria.

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Originally a jazz musician, she joined the original line-up of The Seekers in 1963 when the band’s lead singer, Ken Ray, left the band.

This incarnation of the band included Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger – all of whom continue to perform as The Seekers.

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The folk-pop group recorded an album, Introducing the Seekers, before sailing to the UK for entertainment aboard the cruise ship Fairsky in early 1964.

When they arrived, the band secured several show bookings – including as a warm-up act for Dusty Springfield.

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Springfield’s brother Tom Springfield soon worked as a songwriter with the band and wrote “I’ll Never Find Another You” which earned them a UK number one.

Their next song “The Carnival is Over” sold 1.75 million copies worldwide and made The Seekers the most successful Australian group.

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After a few years on the road, Judith Durham announced her departure in 1968 to pursue a solo career.

Judith Durham left The Seekers to pursue a solo career in 1968 (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Over the next few years she released For Christmas With Love, Gift of Song and Climb Ever’ Mountain – although these didn’t match the success she had with The Seekers.

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She married her musical director, Ron Edgeworth, in 1969 and divided her time between Britain and Switzerland until the mid-1980s.

In 1992 she reunited with her former bandmates to celebrate 25 years of The Seekers and they toured for several years and released the greatest hits album A Carnival of Hits.

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Her husband died in 1994 of complications from motor neuron disease.

Durham continued to release music over the next 20 years, and in 2006 rewrote parts of Australia’s national anthem to modernize it.

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While The Seekers were performing their Golden Jubilee Tour in 2013, the singer suffered a stroke that affected her ability to read and write music.

However, she was able to join the tour again and performed with her band until 2014.

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What Caused Judith Durham’s Death?

Judith Durham died on August 5, 2022 at the age of 79 in Melbourne, Australia.

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The condition causes the airways of the lungs to dilate, leading to a buildup of excess mucus that can increase the risk of infection.

It tends to leave people with a persistent cough and shortness of breath.

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Causes can include a previous lung infection such as pneumonia or whooping cough, problems with the immune system, and an allergy to a certain type of fungus.

What Seekers songs was Judith Durham known for?

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During Judith Durham’s time with The Seekers, the band produced their greatest hits.

Here is a full list of their best albums:

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  • I’ll Never Find You Again (1965)
  • A World For Us (1965)
  • The Carnival Is Over (1965)
  • One Day (1966)
  • Walk With Me (1966)
  • Drive Through Morning City (1966)
  • Georgy Girl (1967)
  • When Will the Good Apples Fall (1967)