It is with overwhelming sadness that Musicoast Pty. Ltd. and Universal Music Australia announces the death of international music legend Judith Durham, aged 79. After a brief stay in the Alfred Hospital, Judith was admitted to Palliative Care on Friday 5 August, where she passed away peacefully that evening. Her death was a result of complications from a long-standing chronic lung disease.
On behalf of Keith Potger AO and Bruce Woodley AO, Athol Guy AO said, “Our lives are changed forever 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 share.”
Judith’s beloved sister Beverley Sheehan spoke of the closeness they shared throughout life, including their love of music. “Judith’s joy for life, her constant optimism, creativity and generosity of spirit were always an inspiration to me”.
Judith’s family has asked for privacy at this time.
Photo credit Elizabeth Hawkes.
Very sad to hear of the death of Judith Durham, lead singer of the iconic folk group the Seekers. I had a lovely connection with the Seekers in 1977 when Keith Potger heard my song Vagabond when I was living in England. They subsequently recorded it, not with Judith doing the lead vocal, but a ‘revamped’ Seekers with Keith on 12 string guitar and harmonies. Judith made a lot of people happy with her beautiful lead vocals and the Seekers remain as one of Australia’s most loved folk groups. RIP Judith.
Sad news – Judith Durham, one of Australia’s best loved entertainers, has died at the age of 79.
She left the group to go solo in 1968 and was named Victorian of the Year in 2015.
Tributes are flowing for beloved Australian entertainer Judith Durham who died “peacefully” aged 79 following a long health battle.
The former lead singer of The Seekers, who garnered international fame for her immense talent, died in Melbourne on Friday evening in palliative care.
Singer/songwriter Judith Durham has died.
Legendary Aussie singer Judith Durham has died.
The singer, songwriter and musician formed The Seekers with Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger in 1962.
With hits like Georgy Girl and The Carnival Is Over, they became the first Australian pop group to achieve major chart success in the UK and US, paving the way for other stars like Olivia Newton-John.
The Seekers hold the record for the biggest concert crowd in the southern hemisphere, with about 200,000 people attending a show in March 1967.
They were named joint Australians of the Year in 1967.
Durham eventually left the group and had a successful solo career, though she continued to reunite with The Seekers over the years.
The Seekers members were each honoured as Officers of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Durham’s bandmates took to social media to share a tribute to her “magnificent musical legacy”.
“Our lives are changed forever losing our treasured lifelong friend and shining star,” they said.
“Her struggle was intense and heroic — never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion.
Her sister Beverley Sheehan also spoke of the closeness they shared.
“Judith’s joy for life, her constant optimism, creativity and generosity of spirit were always an inspiration to me,” she said.
Durham’s family has asked for privacy at this time.
A tribute to an icon who played a large role in our family.
The Seekers’ Morningtown Ride became a lullaby, as I hummed it to my children, my grandchildren and now too, my great-granddaughter. They all loved it and seemed to settle very quickly.
Rest In Peace, lovely lady. Ride your train to eternal peace.
State Memorial Service – Ms Judith Durham AO
Tuesday 6 September | Hamer Hall
A State Memorial Service will be held to honour and celebrate the life of Ms Judith Durham AO.
Judith was an enormously talented and successful musician, best known as lead singer of 1960s folk/pop group The Seekers. A classically trained pianist, Judith recorded her first EP with Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers in 1963 and joined the Seekers shortly after.
Alongside Judith, The Seekers comprised Athol Guy AO, Keith Potger AO and Bruce Woodley AO. They released their debut album Introducing The Seekers in 1963. Judith’s soaring voice and signature style was key to The Seekers’ success.
In 2013, The Seekers reunited for a fiftieth anniversary tour and in 2015 their story was told on stage in the musical Georgy Girl. It was during this time that Judith was named Victorian of the Year for her services to music and range of philanthropic work for numerous charities.
The State Memorial Service will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to Judith and her contribution to music and the arts in Australia and on the world stage.
Further details will be provided in due course.
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