The Seekers

The Seekers were anything of their time and lead singer Judith Durham was a unlike ‘shining star’ with the ‘voice of an angel’

Fans across Australia and around the world have paid tribute to The Seekers lead singer Judith Durham, remembering her as an ‘Australian icon’ with the ‘voice of an angel’ after her death on Friday, aged 79.

Her Seekers’ bandmates, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger, said their lives had been transformed forever by losing “our treasured lifelong friend and shining star”.

“Her struggle was intense and heroic, never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion. Her musical legacy Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share,” Athol Guy said in a statement.

Best known for their unique blend of harmonies and Durham’s angelic voice, The Seekers were unlike anything of their time.

They were the trailblazers of Australian music in the 1960s, knocking heavy hitters such as the Beatles off the top of the charts in the UK and taking the US by storm.

From Melbourne cafes to the world stage

In 1962, an 18-year-old Durham met Athol Guy. He convinced her to sing acoustic folk music in a Melbourne cafe with Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley. They became The Seekers.

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