The Late Judith Durham, Singer for the Seekers, Will Be Honored With a State Funeral!
Judith Durham, lead singer for the band The Seekers, will be honored with a state funeral in the state of Victoria.
Daniel Andrews, the premier of the state, revealed on social media that the family of Durham had accepted the offer of a state burial in order to “celebrate the life and contribution of a true icon of Australian music.” Andrews made the announcement after consulting with the family of Durham.
After a long battle with lung disease, Durham passed away in Melbourne on Friday (August 5), at the age of 79, after experiencing complications from the illness.
After her death, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese led the tributes to Durham, describing her as “a national treasure and an Australian icon” and a singer who “gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a new generation of Australian artists.”
Albanese led the tributes by saying that Durham “gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a new generation of Australian artists.”
When the folk-pop pioneers’ song “I’ll Never Find Another You” reached the top spot on the singles chart in the United Kingdom in 1965, they made history by becoming the first Australian band to ever accomplish this feat.
Later on, in that same year, they achieved another number one single in the United Kingdom with “The Carnival Is Over.”
Their most famous track, “Georgy Girl,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, was one of the six songs that they were able to place in the top 10 in the United Kingdom over the span of just two years.
In March of 1967, when the band was at the height of its popularity, they played in front of a crowd of 200,000 people, which is still the record for the largest concert crowd in the southern hemisphere. In the same year, 1967, they were honored with the title “Australians of the Year.”
In 1967, Durham started a solo career, but he later got back together with the band on multiple occasions.
One of those times was in 2013 for the Seekers’ 50th-anniversary tour. Those meticulously prepared plans, on the other hand, were put on hold after Durham experienced a hemorrhage in the brain.
She made a full recovery, and the following year, Durham and three of her bandmates, Athol Guy, Keith Potger, and Bruce Woodley, were each awarded the rank of Officer in the Order of Australia for their contributions.
The Seekers have been honored with several accolades over the years, including induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1995, receipt of the Ted Albert Award at the APRA Awards in 2013 for outstanding achievements in Australian music, and the issuance of a postage stamp in their honor.
Confirmation of Judith Durham’s Cause of Death
On Friday night in Melbourne, the Australian singer died in palliative care due to complications from severe lung disease.
Fans and fellow members of The Seekers have led tributes to the deceased performer following the shocking news of her passing.
Judith Durham, along with her Seekers comrades, was one of the first Australian musicians to gain international fame.
After joining the band in 1963, The Seekers relocated to the United Kingdom, where many of their songs, including I’ll Never Find Another You, Georgy Girl, and A World Of Our Own, reached the top of the British charts.
The Seekers were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1995 and became Officers of the Order of Australia in 2014.
rime Minister Anthony Albanese led tributes to Judith Durham on Twitter, writing:
“Judith Durham, a national treasure and an Australian icon gave voice to a new aspect of our identity and paved the way for a new generation of Australian artists.
“Many will mourn her generosity, and the anthems she composed for our country will never be forgotten.”
Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley, and Keith Potger, the surviving Seekers bandmates, also released a heartfelt statement in which they referred to Judith as “our cherished lifetime friend and a brilliant star.”
Athol Guy stated in a statement that “her struggle was intense and brave, never whining about her fate and embracing its end in full.” Her amazing musical legacy is a blessing for Keith, Bruce, and me to enjoy”.
Saturday, Australian singer Anthony Callea came to Twitter to express his condolences. He wrote, “The heavens have now acquired the voice of an angel.”
Magda Szubanski wrote, “Her [Judith’s] exquisite, crystalline voice was the innocent yet wise siren song of my youth.” Sincere sympathies to her family and friends.”
Peter Dutton, the leader of the opposition, also paid tribute to Judith, stating that she “gave voice to more than one generation of Australians through words of global appeal, borne by songs that, once heard, remained ingrained in our memory.”
On Sunday evening, the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said that he had “talked with Judith Durham’s family” and that they had accepted the offer of a State Funeral. To recognize the life and contributions of a genuine Australian music hero.