The Seekers (Australian pop quartet)

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The Seekers are an Australian folk-influenced pop quartet, originally formed in Melbourne in 1962. They were the first Australian pop music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States. They were popular during the 1960s with their best-known configuration as: Judith Durham on vocals, piano, and tambourine; Athol Guy on double bass and vocals; Keith Potger on twelve-string guitar, banjo, and vocals; and Bruce Woodley on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals.

The group had Top 10 hits in the 1960s with "I'll Never Find Another You", "A World of Our Own", "Morningtown Ride", "Someday, One Day" (written by Paul Simon), "Georgy Girl" (the title song of the film of the same name), and "The Carnival Is Over" by Tom Springfield, the last being an adaptation of the Russian folk song "Stenka Razin". It is still one of the top 50 best-selling singles in the UK. Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described their style as "concentrated on a bright, uptempo sound, although they were too pop to be considered strictly folk and too folk to be rock."

In 1967, they were named as joint "Australians of the Year" – the only group thus honoured. In July 1968, Durham left to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. The band has reformed periodically, and in 1995 they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. "I'll Never Find Another You" was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia registry in 2011. Woodley's and Dobe Newton's song "I Am Australian", which was recorded by The Seekers, and by Durham with Russell Hitchcock and Mandawuy Yunupingu, has become an unofficial Australian anthem. With "I'll Never Find Another You" and "Georgy Girl", the band also achieved success in the United States, but not nearly at the same level as in the rest of the world. The Seekers have sold over 50 million records worldwide.

The Seekers were individually honoured as Officers of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 2014.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1963Introducing the SeekersThe Seekers1
1964The SeekersThe Seekers2
1965A World of Our OwnThe Seekers2
1965The SeekersThe Seekers2
1966Come the DayThe Seekers2
1967Georgy GirlThe Seekers1
1967Seen in GreenThe Seekers2
1969The Four & Only SeekersThe Seekers1
1980A Little Bit of CountryThe Seekers1
1989Live OnThe Seekers2
1991The Best of TodayThe Seekers1
1994This Is the SeekersThe Seekers1
1997Future RoadThe Seekers1
2001Morningtown Ride to ChristmasThe Seekers1
2008The Very Best of The SeekersThe Seekers1
2018KumbayaThe Seekers1
2019Farewell - The Golden Jubilee Australian Farewell Tour 2013The Seekers1
2019We Wish You a Merry ChristmasThe Seekers1
Lemon TreeThe Seekers1
This IsThe Seekers1
The Seekers AgainThe Seekers1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1968The Best of the SeekersThe Seekers2
1969Seekers Golden CollectionThe Seekers1
1990Ideal SeekersThe Seekers1
1990The Seekers: Greatest HitsThe Seekers1
1992Capitol Collectors SeriesThe Seekers2
1995The Seekers: 1963-1964The Seekers1
1995The Seekers: 1964-1965The Seekers1
1995The Seekers CompleteThe Seekers1
1997The Very Best of the SeekersThe Seekers3
1998CollectionThe Seekers1
1998The Seekers CollectionThe Seekers2
199925 Magnificent Memories of the SeekersThe Seekers1
2004A's B's & EP'sThe Seekers1
2004Simply the BestThe Seekers1
2007The Ultimate CollectionThe Seekers2
2009All Bound for MorningtownThe Seekers1
2009Greatest HitsThe Seekers1
20116 x 6: The SixtiesGerry & the Pacemakers / Freddie & the Dreamers / The Hollies / Manfred Mann / The Shadows / The Seekers1
201250: The Golden Jubilee AlbumThe Seekers1
2020Hidden Treasures – Volume 1The Seekers1
Greatest HitsThe Seekers1
The Seekers: 1966-1967The Seekers1
The Seekers: Studio & Concert RaritiesThe Seekers1
The Seekers: Hits, B-Sides & the 90sThe Seekers1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1968Live at the Talk of the TownThe Seekers1
1995The Seekers - 25 Year Reunion Celebration Live in ConcertThe Seekers1
199925 Year Reunion Celebration LiveThe Seekers1
2002Night of Nights... Live!The Seekers1
1968 BBC Farewell SpectacularThe Seekers1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1964I'll Never Find Another YouThe Seekers1
1965The Carnival Is OverThe Seekers1
1966Morningtown RideThe Seekers1

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