Judith Durham, Australias folk music icon who achieved global fame because the lead singer of The Seekers, has died. She was 79.
Durham died in Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on Friday night (Aug. 5) after suffering complications from the long-standing lung disease, Universal Music Australia and Musicoast said in a statement on Saturday.
She made her first recording at 19 and rose to fame after joining The Seekers in 1963. The band of four became the initial Australian band to accomplish major chart and sales success in the U.K. and america, eventually selling 50 million records.
International hits included The Carnival has ended, Ill Never Find Another You, An environment of OUR VERY OWN and Georgy Girl.
Durham embarked on a solo career in 1968 but recorded with The Seekers again in the 1990s.
It is a sad day for Judiths family, her fellow Seekers, the staff of Musicoast, the music industry and fans worldwide, and most of us who’ve been section of Judiths life for such a long time, said The Seekers management team member Graham Simpson.
Her bandmates in The Seekers Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy said their lives have been changed forever by losing our treasured lifelong friend and shining star.
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, they said.
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.
Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) August 6, 2022
Tributes flowed for the beloved singer, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese describing Durham as 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, Albanese wrote on Twitter. Her kindness will undoubtedly be missed by many, the anthems she gave to your nation won’t be forgotten.
In her home state Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said Durham had conquered the music world both in Australia and overseas.
With her unique voice and stage presence leading The Seekers, the band became among Australias biggest chart toppers, he said.