Judith Durham, lead singer of Australia’s The Seekers, dies

“After a brief stay at Alfred Hospital, Judith entered Hospice Care on Friday, August 5, where she passed away peacefully that night. Her death was the result of complications from a long-standing chronic lung condition,” Musicoast and Universal Music said. Australia in a statement shared on The Seekers’ verified Facebook page.

“Our lives were forever changed by losing our precious lifelong friend and shining star. Her fight was intense and heroic – she never complained about her fate and fully accepted her conclusion. Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share his magnificent musical legacy”. his former bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy added in the post.

Durham helped open the door for Australian artists to achieve international fame. The Seekers, formed in 1962, were considered the first Australian pop band to achieve mainstream success in the UK and the US.

The group’s hits included “Georgy Girl” and “A World of Our Own”.

Durham left The Seekers to pursue a solo career in 1968 and released several solo albums, but continued to reunite and tour with the band in the decades that followed.

Several prominent Australians posted tributes on Saturday.

“A national treasure and Australian icon, Judith Durham gave voice to a new facet of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists,” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wrote. On twitter.

“His kindness will be missed by many, the anthems he gave our nation will never be forgotten.”

Australian comedian and actress Magda Szubanski shared her “deepest condolences to her loved ones” On twitter.

“Her beautiful, crystalline voice was the naive but wise siren song of my childhood,” Szubanski wrote.

Tanya Plibersek, Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Water, called Durham “a trailblazer and icon of Australian music”. On twitter. “His songs will live forever.”

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