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Judith Durham: Former Seekers lead singer dies at 79

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Judith Durham, wearing a green cardigan and red top, poses for a portrait at Hilton on the Park in November 2011

Australian musician Judith Durham, best known as the lead singer of folk music group The Seekers, has died at the age of 79.

Her band sold over 50 million records and had hits including I’ll Never Find Another You, I’m Australian and Georgie Girl.

He left the group in 1968 to go solo and released several studio albums.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to Durham, calling it “a national treasure”.

He wrote on social media, “Judith Durham has given voice to a renewed sense of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists.” “His kindness will be remembered by many, the anthem he gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”

Durham has been honored several times during his long career, including being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to music in 1995 and the Centenary Medal in 2003.

She was also voted Victorian of the Year in 2015.

Born in Melbourne, Durham rose to international fame in 1962 after joining The Seekers with Athol Guy, Keith Potter and Bruce Woodley. She became the band’s lead singer the following year at the age of 20.

A year after becoming joint recipients of the Australian of the Year award in 1967, the group officially disbanded, but reunited to perform on several occasions – the last being in 2014.

Durham married British pianist and music director Ron Edgeworth in 1969, who died less than 30 years after suffering from motor neuron disease.

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