The Seekers frontman Judith Durham dies aged 79, six decades after the group’s formation

Judith Durham, one of Australia’s most beloved entertainers, has died aged 79.

Born in Essendon in Victoria, Durham recorded his first EP at the age of 19 and rose to worldwide prominence as the lead singer of the folk band The Seekers which sold more than 50 million records.

As part of The Seekers, Durham was one of the first Australian artists to achieve international success, with songs such as Georgy Girl, I’ll Never Find Another You and The Carnival Is Over.

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The Seekers — consisting of Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger in addition to Durham — moved to England in 1964, having formed in 1962.

After recording I’ll Never Find Another You at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, The Seekers topped the UK and Australian charts.

Upon their return to Australia in 1967, The Seekers set an Australian record when more than 200,000 spectators watched their performance at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

They were later named Australians of the Year for 1967.

But more than a year later, Durham shocked the music world by leaving the group at the height of its success.

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Over the past three decades, The Seekers have played a series of comeback concerts.

In 1995, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, with I’ll Never Find Another You added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Sounds of Australia registry in 2011.

In 2013, during The Seekers’ Golden Jubilee tour, Durham suffered a stroke, which affected his ability to read and write, but did not reduce his singing ability.

Members of The Seekers, including Durham, were honored as Officers of the Order of Australia in 2014.

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