The Seekers are a British Invasion-styled male-female folk-pop quartet from Australia that became famous during the mid-late 1960s. Their distinctive sound comes from the group's soaring four-part harmonies, distinctive female lead vocals, and unique instrumental arrangements that make use of the double bass, mandolin, banjo, and piano, as well as the tambourine and acoustic guitars.
The Seekers were formed in 1962 in Melbourne by Athol Guy (double bass, vocals), Keith Potger (twelve-string guitar, banjo, vocals), and Bruce Woodley (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) who had all attended Melbourne Boys High School in Victoria. Jazz singer Judith Durham (piano, tambourine, lead vocals) joined the group shortly thereafter to complete the lineup. She had previously recorded with W&G Records, and her connections led to the group's later signing a recording contract with that label. The Seekers developed a strong local following and debuted on the Australian charts in 1963 with their cover of the Australian traditional ballad, "Waltzing Matilda." While travelling to the U.K. in 1964, The Seekers were offered work by a London booking agency, the Grade Organisation, which led to a series of concerts, frequent TV appearances, and a new recording contract with World Record Club. The Seekers came to the attention of Tom Springfield, a songwriter, producer, and the brother of Dusty Springfield, who wrote and produced the group's first major hit, "I'll Never Find Another You." Released in late 1964, this song topped the charts the following year in both the U.K. and their native Australia and became the U.K.'s second top-selling song of 1965. Springfield also wrote and produced The Seekers' other best known songs, "A World Of Our Own," "The Carnival Is Over," and "Georgy Girl," which topped the charts in many countries and made the group internationally famous.
The Seekers made their U.S. debut in 1965 on the Pop/Rock charts with "I'll Never Find Another You," which became a Top 5 hit. This smash was followed by "A World Of Our Own" (1965), "The Carnival Is Over" (1965), and several minor hits before they topped the charts in 1966 with the cheery "Georgy Girl," the title song to the movie co-starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason. The Seekers' many hits, which continued through 1968, also included "Morningtown Ride" (1967), "On The Other Side" (1967), and their final chart entry, "Love Is Kind, Love Is Wine" (1968). To date, the group has sold over 50 million records worldwide, with "I'll Never Find Another You," "A World Of Our Own," "The Carnival Is Over," and "Georgy Girl" all awarded gold discs.
After The Seekers disbanded in 1968, Judith Durham went on to pursue a solo career, and Keith Potger formed The New Seekers best known for such hits as "Look What They've Done To My Song Ma" (1970) and "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" (1971). The Seekers reunited a number of times over the years since their breakup, with many personnel changes. The group reformed again in 1992 with its original lineup of Durham, Guy, Potger, and Woodley and has continued to tour and record to the present day. The Seekers' many honors and accolades include being named as joint "Australians of the Year" in 1967 and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1995. The group members were honored individually in 2014 as Officers of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
- For more information about The Seekers history and current projects, see theseekers.com.au.
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- Georgy Girl 1966
("Georgy Girl" was the title song from the movie starring Lynn Redgrave. It also became a hit for the Baja Marimba Band (1967).)
- I'll Never Find Another You 1965
(This song later also became a hit for Sonny James (1967).)
- A World Of Our Own 1965
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