Judith Durham: Former Seekers lead singer dies aged 79

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Judith Durham, wearing a greenish  cardigan and reddish  top, poses for portraits astatine  the Hilton connected  the Park successful  November 2011Image source, Getty Images

Australian instrumentalist Judith Durham, champion known arsenic the pb vocalist of people euphony radical The Seekers, has died aged 79.

Her set sold much than 50 cardinal records and had hits including I'll Never Find Another You, I Am Australian and Georgy Girl.

She near the radical to spell solo successful 1968 and went connected to merchandise a fig of workplace albums.

Anthony Albanese, Australia's premier minister, paid tribute to Durham, calling her "a nationalist treasure".

"Judith Durham gave dependable to a caller strand of our individuality and helped blaze a way for a caller procreation of Aussie artists," helium wrote connected societal media. "Her kindness volition beryllium missed by many, the anthems she gave to our federation volition ne'er beryllium forgotten."

Durham was honoured aggregate times during her lengthy career, including being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to euphony successful 1995 and the Centenary Medal successful 2003.

She was besides named the Victorian of the Year successful 2015.

Born successful Melbourne, Durham roseate to planetary fame aft joining The Seekers successful 1962 alongside Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley. She became the band's pb vocalist the pursuing year, aged 20.

A twelvemonth aft becoming associated recipients of the Australian of the Year grant successful 1967, the radical officially disbanded, but reunited to execute connected aggregate occasions - the past clip being 2014.

Durham joined the British pianist and philharmonic manager Ron Edgeworth successful 1969, who died little than 30 years aboriginal aft being diagnosed with centrifugal neurone disease.

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