Australian country music icon Judith Durham has died aged 79

Melbourne, Australia — Australian country music icon Judith Durham, who became world famous as the lead singer of The Seekers, has died. She is 79 years old.

Durham died on Friday night at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne after a long-term lung condition, Universal Music Australia and Musiccoast said in a statement on Saturday.

He made his first record at the age of 19 and rose to fame after joining The Seekers in 1963. The four-piece group became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the UK and US, eventually selling over 50 million records.

International hits include “Carnival Is Over,” “I’ll Never Find Another,” “A World of Our Own” and “Georgie Girl.”

Durham began a solo career in 1968, but recorded with The Seekers again in the 1990s.

“This is a sad day for Judith’s family, her fellow Seekers, the MusicCoast staff, the music industry and fans around the world and all of us who have been a part of Judith’s life for so long,” said The Seekers board member Graham. Simpson.

His bandmates in The Seekers – Keith Budger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy – said their lives had been changed forever by the loss of “our treasured lifelong friend and shining star”.

“Her struggle was intense and heroic, never complaining about her fate and fully accepting the outcome. Her wonderful musical legacy Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share,” they said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Durham as “a national treasure and an Australian icon” and paid tribute to the beloved singer.

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

In his home state of Victoria, Premier Don Andrews said Durham had won the music world over in Australia and overseas.

“With his unique vocals and stage presence fronting The Seekers, the band became Australia’s biggest chart topper,” he said.

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