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Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, dies aged 79

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Judith Durham, the Australian folk music icon who achieved global fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has passed away. She was 79 years old.

Urham passed away at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on Friday night after suffering complications from a long-standing lung illness, Universal Music Australia and Musicoast said in a statement on Saturday.

She made her first recording at the age of 19 and rose to fame after joining The Seekers in 1963. The group of four became the first Australian band to achieve major sales and chart success in the UK and US, eventually selling 50 million discs.

International hits include Carnival is over, I will never find another friend, A world of our own and Georgy girl.

Durham began a solo career in 1968 but re-recorded with The Seekers in the 1990s.

“This is a sad day for Judith’s family, her friends and colleagues, Musicoast employees, the music industry and fans around the world, and all of us who have been part of Judith’s life for so long,” said Graham, member of The Seekers’ management team, Simpson.

Her bandmates from The Seekers – Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy – said their lives were changed forever by the loss of “our precious lifelong friend and luminary star.” “.

“Her struggle was fierce and heroic, never complaining about her fate and completely accepting its outcome. Her wonderful musical heritage Keith, Bruce and I are very fortunate to share,” they said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Durham as “a national treasure and an Australian icon”.

Albanese wrote on Twitter: “Judith Durham has added her voice to a new strip of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists,” Albanese wrote on Twitter.

“Her kindness will be remembered by many, her songs for our nation will never be forgotten.”

In his native Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said Durham has conquered the music world both in Australia and overseas.

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“With her unique voice and stage presence leading The Seekers, the band has become one of Australia’s biggest chart-toppers,” he said.

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