Judith Durham, Australia’s folks music icon, dies at 79

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Judith Durham, Australia’s folks music icon who achieved world fame because the lead singer of The Seekers, has died. She was 79.

Durham died in Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on Friday night time after struggling problems from a long-standing lung illness, Common Music Australia and Musicoast mentioned in an announcement on Saturday.

She made her first recording at 19 and rose to fame after becoming a member of The Seekers in 1963. The group of 4 turned the primary Australian band to attain main chart and gross sales success within the U.Ok. and america, finally promoting 50 million information.

Worldwide hits included “The Carnival is Over,” “I’ll Never Find Another You,” “A World of Our Own” and “Georgy Girl.”

Durham launched into a solo profession in 1968 however recorded with The Seekers once more within the Nineties.

“This is a sad day for Judith’s family, her fellow Seekers, the staff of Musicoast, the music industry and fans worldwide, and all of us who have been part of Judith’s life for so long,” mentioned The Seekers’ administration group member Graham Simpson.

Her bandmates in The Seekers — Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Man — mentioned their lives had been modified endlessly by dropping “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,” they mentioned.

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 new strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a new generation of Aussie artists,” Albanese wrote on Twitter. “Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”

In her residence state Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews mentioned Durham had conquered the music world each in Australia and abroad.

“With her unique voice and stage presence leading The Seekers, the band became one of Australia’s biggest chart toppers,” he mentioned.

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