Judith Durham Obituary, Australian pop quartet whose hits in the 1960s Has Passed Away
- by Alex Danvers
Judith Durham Obituary, Death – Judith Durham had bronchiectasis. The Seekers were a 1960s hit thanks to her soprano. The Seekers topped British and American charts. The Seekers Down Under, The World of the Seekers, and Farewell the Seekers were popular in Australia and the UK. Due to Durham’s classically trained voice and gowns, the group was never “swinging London” The Seekers’ timeless, wistful songs are rarely discussed. Durham met J Walter Thompson account executive Athol Guy. When he learned she could sing, he asked her to join the Seekers. Durham sang with the band’s three men.
W&G Records included Durham after hearing Seekers’ demo. 1963’s Introducing the Seekers. The band entertained Sitmar Line passengers in March 1964.
They’d stay 10 weeks then return to Melbourne. Grade booked their album. After Myra failed, the group focused on variety shows. Dusty Springfield’s brother Tom offered advice and songs. I’ll Never Find Another You was written and produced by Springfield. It topped Australian and US charts in February 1965. World of Our Own, the Seekers’ April album, hit No. 3. The Carnival Is Over was No. 1 in November and sold 93,000 copies a day. Morningtown Ride (1966) and Georgy Girl (1967) followed (and No 1 on the US Cashbox chart). In 1969, Best of the Seekers dethroned White Album.
1968 was Durham’s last year with the band. Gift of a Song (1970) and Durham’s subsequent efforts lacked the Seekers’ songs and sound and flopped. Blues and jazz were on Judith Durham’s 1974 album. Judith Cock was raised in Essendon, Melbourne, by Hazel (nee Durham) and William Cock. In 1949, Judith’s family moved to Tasmania, where she attended Fahan girls’ school.
She studied piano and voice in Melbourne. The Melbourne University Jazz Band invited Durham, 18, to sing. The Jazz Preachers. That year, she adopted her mother’s maiden name.
Durham joined Edgeworth. 1979’s Hot Jazz Duo. Durham appeared in Cash and Company and TV specials.
She broke her leg and wrist in a 1990 crash that killed another driver. She reunited with Seekers in 1993 thanks to fan support. Australia and Britain followed. Durham sang in Sydney in 2000. In 2002, Australian stamps commemorated the band’s 40th anniversary, but Durham’s brain hemorrhage postponed a 50th-anniversary tour. Durham’s 2014 tour includes two Royal Albert Hall performances. So Much More includes unreleased songs.
Judith Durham Obituary, Death – Judith Durham had bronchiectasis. The Seekers were a 1960s hit thanks to her soprano. The Seekers topped British and American charts. The Seekers Down Under, The World of the Seekers, and Farewell the Seekers were popular in Australia and the UK. Due to Durham’s classically trained voice and gowns, the…