Hello, The Seekers are a pop-folk group that was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1962. Members included, Judith Durham-vocals, Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy. The groups original lead singer was Ken Ray, who left the group to get married. He was replaced by Judith Durham, who was a traditional jazz singer. The Seekers had a strong following in Melbourne and through Durham’s connections, the group was offered a recording contract. The Seekers recorded a debut album in Australia, “Introducing The Seekers, in 1963. They traveled to the UK on a cruise liner in 1964, providing on board entertainment. They decided to stay in the UK after meeting and playing in concert with Dusty Springfield. Dusty’s brother Tom Springfield wrote a song for them, I’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU and as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.
In March of 1965 The Seekers charted their first hit in the US, their classic recording of I’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU on Capitol Records became a huge hit on the Billboard Hot 100, climbing into the Top 10 and charting at #4. Judith Durham’s distinctive voice, the group’s wonderful harmonies, led to many great recordings and big hits for this outstanding group. I’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU sold over 1.5 million records. They became the first Australian pop group to have a Top 5 hit in the US, the UK and Australia simultaneously. They were also the first Australian recording artists to sell over a million copies of a single record.
The Seekers next big hit made its Hot 100 debut in May of 1965. A WORLD OF OUR OWN another song written by Tom Springfield became a Top 20 hit in the US, charting at #19 and was a huge #3 hit single in the UK. Their next hit was a #1 song in the UK, THE CARNIVAL IS OVER but the single failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100, in November of 1965.
The Seekers biggest hit in the US made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on December 3, 1966, their million-seller GEORGY GIRL that was the title song from the movie starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason. The single just missed the top spot on the Hot 100…charting at #2 for 2 weeks and remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. GEORGY GIRL is a favorite on oldies radio and is played in rotation to this day. Sales figures are listed at 3.5 million copies sold world-wide. Their last big hit charted in February of 1967. MORNINGTOWN RIDE climbed the Hot 100 to #44.
In late 1968 Judith Durham announced that she was leaving The Seekers to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. The group would re-form in 1969 as The New Seekers. That group included, Seekers original, Keith Potger and included new members, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Peter Doyle, Marty Kristian and Paul Layton. The New Seekers would chart two big hits in the US, LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG MA a #14 hit record in 1970 and their huge million-selling single, I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING (In Perfect Harmony) a #7 hit on the Hot 100 in 1971.
The original Seekers re-united in late 1992 and began a 25-Year Silver Jubilee Reunion tour in 1993. They remained together for 11 years following the tour. With 4 million-selling single records and countless albums sold…the original Seekers were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1995.
Till the next time—Joe