Australia’s most cherished musical icon, Judith Durham, died at the age of 79.
Durham AOM rose to fame as the lead vocalist for The Seekers, a band best known for the songs I’ll Never Find Another You, I Am Australian, and The Carnival Is Over.
The first person to tweet about her passing was Seven’s entertainment editor Peter Ford, who referred to her as “one of this country’s finest vocalists.”
She was outstanding both with The Seekers and on her own, he noted.
Also a genuinely kind and generous individual.
She battled a chronic illness, and on Friday night, she passed away in the hospital. Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger, and Bruce Woodley joined them to form The Seekers in Melbourne in the 1960s.
The members of the band were recognised as joint recipients of the Australian of the Year award in 1967, making them the only group to have been awarded to this point.
The three musicians eventually sold a total of 50 million records around the globe, making them the first Australian band to achieve such a milestone in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
One year later, Durham departed the band to pursue a solo career, which led to the band’s dissolution.