Judith became a vegetarian in 1968 when she met Ron Edgeworth who had been on a health kick for five years. Judith felt it was much better for her general health. Then she discovered Professor Arnold Ehret’s book, “The Mucusless Diet Healing System”. The diet consists of all kinds of starchless raw and cooked and dried fruits and mostly green-leaf vegetables. Judith supplements this with extra-virgin olive oil, 100% pure dark grape juice and soya milk. She believes it helps her cope with such a reduced lung capacity. Information about the Arnold Ehret system can be found on www.arnoldehret.org. Currently, she also has Hemp Oil and Olive Leaf Extract.
Judith is a deeply spiritual person with a profound belief in and love of God and Jesus Christ, and she follows an Eastern spiritual path which also provides the moral and ethical framework for the way she lives her life. She is a committed vegetarian and has consumed no meat, fowl, fish, seafood, eggs, or alcohol since 1968. Judith advocates a non-smoking, environmentally-friendly, alcohol-free, narcotics-free, caffeine-free and cruelty-free lifestyle.
Judith does receive many wonderful songs penned by fans and she always listens to them, or reads any lyrics that are sent. Unfortunately, because there are so many, she just hasn’t got the time to respond to everyone who has sent in a song. Nowadays she writes all her own material so she listens to submissions mostly for her own pleasure.
Part of the spiritual path to God Realisation that Judith (and Ron) has followed for more than 40 years includes a belief in karma and reincarnation, so Judith has the comfort of knowing that Ron is continuing on his spiritual journey and that his Destiny is to be ultimately one with God. She does not try to hold him back in this world. She treasures warm and happy memories and gratitude for their most wonderful marriage which sustain and comfort her all the time.
She was born Judith Mavis Cock. Durham was her mother’s maiden name and Judith adopted it when she began to sing professionally. Her grandfather adopted the name ‘Durham’ when his mother remarried after the death of her first husband, a Greek immigrant Antoni Demitri Panniocto (or Pannucca).
Judith married London-born Ron Edgeworth at Scots Church in Melbourne on November 21, 1969. They had a long and happy 25-year marriage. Her beloved Ron was a brilliant and versatile pianist and they spent their years making music together and travelling the world. Sadly, Ron died from Motor Neurone Disease in 1994. You can find more about Ron on this website, under the menu button ‘About’.
Judith was 20 and already an acclaimed trad jazz singer in her own right. She was also an accomplished pianist and planned to study singing for a career in opera or musicals. The Seekers’ trip to the UK in 1964 put those aspirations on hold.
No, though in the early days she swooned over Keith at age 14, had a crush on Bruce when she first met him, and switched her focus to Athol’s horn-rimmed glasses for a little while! In 1968, along came Ron …
‘I’ll Never Find Another You‘, ‘A World of Our Own‘, ‘Morningtown Ride‘, ‘Someday, One Day‘, ‘Georgy Girl‘ (the title song of the film of the same name), ‘The Carnival Is Over‘, ‘When Will The Good Apples Fall?’, ‘Walk With Me’, ‘Colours Of My Life’, ‘Emerald City’, ‘Days Of My Life’.
In 1993, the iconic “I Am Australian” was popularised by The Seekers.
In 1967, while still a member of The Seekers, Judith recorded her first solo single, a song written especially for her called “The Olive Tree”, which peaked at No. 33 in the UK charts.
In 1997, Judith recorded a version of “I Am Australian” with Air Supply’s Russell Hitchcock and Yothu Yindi’s Mandawuy Yunupingu, which reached No. 17 in the official ARIA Top 40.
Celebrating The Seekers’ 50th birthday on December 3, 2012. But there have been so many in the past. She loved Tom Springfield’s beautiful songs and felt honoured to record them. It was a great thrill for her when the hits got to number one, and something she had never dreamed could happen to her. Expo ’67 in Montreal, the Myer Music Bowl, the Royal Command Performance, becoming Australians Of The Year, topping the charts in America, etc. For more highlights, click on the menu button ‘About’.
But the greatest highlight turned out to be meeting Ron Edgeworth, who was a musician with a group called The Trebletones on the last Seekers tour in 1968. Ron was to be her future husband.
Before she joined The Seekers she already had an established career as a solo artist. She loved being with the group but had never intended that it should be for the rest of her musical life. When she felt the time was right, she gave ‘The Boys’ the agreed six months’ notice, and then continued a successful and rewarding solo career. The Seekers got together again in 1992 for a 25 year reunion. Judith has pursued her own solo path alongside her frequent and happy involvement with The Seekers, and her artistry has brought her great critical acclaim and popular success, as you will see from the comments on each of the many clips posted of her performances on YouTube. For more reviews, click on the menu button ‘About’.
In 1963 Judith recorded an EP with one of Melbourne’s foremost bands, Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers. The tracks on that vinyl EP are ‘Just a Closer Walk With Thee’, ‘Moan You Mourners’, ‘Papa De Da Da’ and ‘Jelly Bean Blues’. ‘Moan You Mourners’ was recently featured on the CD/DVD ‘Colours Of My Life’ and included in Judith’s 2012 ‘Colours Of My Life’ tour of Australia.