Aussie pop pioneer and ‘Georgy Woman’ singer Durham useless at 79

Ethereal-voiced Australian pop-folk singer Judith Durham-who fronted hit Sixties group The Seekers-has died aged 79, the nation’s arts minister stated Saturday. Durham, born in 1943 in Melbourne, gained worldwide fame with upbeat hits like “Georgy Woman” and a sequence of covers and collaborations with the likes of Paul Simon. “As soon as, one of the best recognized Australian voice was Judith Durham’s”, stated arts minister Tony Burke.

“With The Seekers and solo Judith earned her place as an icon of our music”, he added. Burke recounted one 1967 gig that was attended by a tenth of Melbourne’s total inhabitants on the time.

“What a contribution. What a loss.” Other than “Georgy Woman”, Durham’s hovering vary and pseudo-operatic model is probably finest recognized from “The Carnival is Over”, which bought a couple of million copies in Britain alone and topped the charts for weeks.

At dwelling, The Seekers are nonetheless a family identify and are well-known to youthful Australians for the music “I’m an Australian”, which continues to be the theme music of the nation’s public broadcaster ABC. – AFP

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