Tuesday, June 26, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Seekers

Artist:The Seekers
Song:Georgy Girl
Album:The Very Best Of The Seekers

The Australian folk pop group The Seekers had a good run in the mid-60s. The theme to the 1967 hit film Georgy Girl was their biggest hit in the US. They are a much bigger deal in England and Australia. The Seekers were formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1962. Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley all went to the same high school. They had the doo wop group The Escorts. When the lead singer left, they changed the group name to The Seekers. Guy worked with new lead singer Judith Durham at an ad agency. She sang part time with The Seekers while singing jazz elsewhere. As The Seekers got a following in Melbourne, Judith got the group a record deal. The first single Waltzing Matilda was a top 40 hit in Australia. A gig on a cruise ship led them to England. They weren't planning to stay but they started getting regular bookings and appeared on the TV series Call In On Carroll. When The Seekers opened for Dusty Springfield, they met her brother Tom Springfield of The Springfields and he wrote I'll Never Find Another You. It was a big enough hit to get The Seekers a deal with EMI's Columbia label. The song topped the British charts and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. The Seekers were on Capitol in the US. They were the first Aussie group to have a top five hit in Australia, England and the US. The Seekers had mixed chart success until Georgy Girl reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It sold 3.5 million copies. The song was written by actor singer Jim Dale and Tom Springfield for the hit film Georgy Girl. That the film was a big hit certainly helped the song. The Seekers split up in 1968 when Judith Durham left for a solo career. There are two versions of The Very Best of the Seekers available. This cover is from the British version and is available as a budget CD. Keith Potger formed The New Seekers and they had a big hit with I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. Guy Athol was a TV personality in Australia and went into politics in 1973. Judith Durham and Bruce Woodley recorded solo. The Seekers were first reformed in the 70s and went through different lineups. The original Seekers first reformed in 1993 and perform occasionally usually in Australia. They have also produced a documentary for Australian TV. Here's The Seekers performing Georgy Girl in Australia 1967.

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