Judith Durham, the Australian folk music icon and lead singer of The Seekers, has died, her record label announced Saturday. She was 79.
Durham passed on peacefully on Friday evening in Melbourne because of complications from the long-standing chronic lung disease, Musicoast and Universal Music Australia wrote on The Seekers verified Facebook page.
Born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, on July 3, 1943, Durham began her professional career as a piano player. In 1963, at age 19, Durham recorded her first record with The Seekers, a folk trio comprising Bruce Woodley, Keith Potger and Athol Guy. That same year, she released a jazz and blues EP with the group Frank Traynors Jazz Preachers.
The Seekers became popular in 1964 and became a global sensation with songs like Ill Never Find Another You, An environment of OUR VERY OWN,The Carnival Is OverandMorningtown Ride.
Their 1967 song Georgy Girl, the title song of the movie starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason, was nominated for an Oscar. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts.
The next year, Durham attempt to pursue a solo career. You start with For Christmas With Love, she released several albums and sometimes toured in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. on the next 2 decades.
The Seekers reunited in the mid-1990s. In 2013, they met up again for a 50th-anniversary tour.
Our lives are changed forever losing our treasured lifelong friend and shining star, Guy, with respect to The Seekers, said. Her struggle was intense and heroic never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion. Her magnificent musical legacy Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to talk about.
Her sister, Beverley Sheehan, added: Judiths joy forever, her constant optimism, creativity and generosity of spirit were always an inspiration if you ask me.
Durham was also remembered on social media marketing by her legions of Australian fans.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called Durham a national treasure and an Australian icon.
Judith Durham gave voice to a fresh strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a fresh generation of Aussie artists. Her kindness will undoubtedly be missed by many, the anthems she gave to your nation won’t be forgotten, he wrote on Twitter.
Australian actress-comedian Magda Szubanski wrote, Her beautiful, crystalline voice was the naive but knowing siren song of my childhood. Deepest condolences to her family members.