Australian folk music star Judith Durham, who rose to worldwide fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has died aged 79.
Urham died Friday night at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital after suffering complications from a long-standing lung condition, Universal Music Australia and Musicoast said in a statement on Saturday.
She made her first recording when she was 19 and rose to fame after joining The Seekers in 1963.
The four-piece became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the UK and US, eventually selling 50 million records.
International hits included The Carnival Is Over, I’ll Never Find Another You, A World Of Our Own and Georgy Girl.
Durham began a solo career in 1968 but recorded again with The Seekers in the 1990s.
“This is a sad day for Judith’s family, her fellow seekers, the Musicoast staff, the music industry and fans worldwide, and all of us who have been a part of Judith’s life for so long,” said Graham, a member of The Seekers Simpson management team.
Her bandmates in The Seekers – Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy – said their lives were forever changed by the loss of “our cherished lifelong friend and shining star”.
“Her struggle was intense and heroic, she never complained about her fate and fully accepted its ending. Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share their amazing musical legacy,” they said.
Tributes flowed for the beloved singer, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese calling Durham “a national treasure and an Australian icon”.
Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgottenAustralian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
“Judith Durham has given voice to a new strand of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists,” Mr Albanese wrote on Twitter.
“Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”
In her home state of Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said Durham has conquered the music world both in Australia and overseas.
“With their unique voice and stage presence at the helm of The Seekers, the band became one of Australia’s biggest chart-topping stars,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/the-seekers-star-judith-durham-dies-aged-79-41893870.html The Seekers star Judith Durham dies at the age of 79