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SEEKERS, NEW SEEKERS

Vocal, instrumental folk/pop group first formed in Australia by bassist Athol Guy (b 5 Jan. '40, Melbourne), guitarists Keith Potger (b 2 March '41, Ceylon) and Bruce Woodley (b 25 July '42, Melbourne), lead singer Judith Durham (b 7 July '43). They went to England '64, gigged at the Palladium with Dusty Springfield, whose brother Tom wrote 'I'll Never Find Another You', no. 1 UK/4 USA '65. Springfield managed them and wrote more songs; other hits incl. 'A World Of Our Own', film theme 'Georgy Girl'; they split up '68. Potger re-formed as the New Seekers '69 with Eve Graham (b 13 April '43, Perth, Scotland), Lyb Paul (b 16 Feb. '49) and Peter Doyle (b 28 July '49), both from Melbourne, plus Paul Layton (b 4 Aug. '47, Beaconsfield, England), Marty Kristian (b 27 May '47, Leipzig, Germany); they had hits '70--73 incl. Delaney Bramlett's 'Never Ending Song Of Love' (no. 2 UK), 'Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma' (aka 'What Have They...') written by Melanie (top 50 UK, top 20 USA), 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)' no. 1 UK/7 USA (Roger Cook/Roger Greenaway song), medley 'Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel Me' from the Who's Tommy, UK hits continuing to '78.