APRA honours The Seekers
The Seekers will receive APRA’s Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music. It will be bestowed on them at the June 17 APRA awards at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
This year marks the folk-rock act’s 50 years together. They first performed in Melbourne in 1962, and five years later set a still-unbroken record for the biggest concert crowd in the southern hemisphere drawing 200,000 to the Myer Music Bowl.
In the mid-‘60s they moved to London and became the first Australian group to achieve international success with hits as Georgy Girl, The Carnival Is Over, A World of Our Own and I’ll Never Find Another You, which to date has had more than 7 million hits on YouTube.
They are the only chart-topping band from the ‘60s with all its original founding members still recording and performing. Their Golden Jubilee Album is in the Top 10 of the ARIA Australian Artist Albums chart.
APRA|AMCOS CEO, Brett Cottle said, “Surely no other Australian act has had such enormous international appeal while retaining its unadorned sense of ‘Australianness’. The Seekers really put Australian music on the map: a succession of top five hits around the world, including three UK number ones, all achieved at the height of the popularity of The Beatles, The Stones, The Beach Boys and Motown. The Seekers often outsold them all. And 50 years later the music sounds every bit as great as it did then. “
The Ted Albert award is named after the late legendary Australian publisher who set up the company currently known as Alberts. Other recipients through the years have included jazzman Don Burrows, promoter Michael Chugg, country music pioneer Slim Dusty, radio network triple j, studio owner Bill Armstrong, Angus & Malcolm Young, manager Roger Davies, Sony Music chairman and CEO Denis Handlin AM, the late Jimmy Little, Paul Kelly and last year’s recipient Mary Lopez.
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