THE SEEKERS RECEIVE AO AWARDS IN QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS
The four original members of international supergroup – The Seekers – are to receive one of Australia’s top honours – the Officer Of The Order Of Australia (AO) in the General Division – in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, it was announced today.
Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley have each received the honour “for distinguished service to the performing arts as an entertainer, through seminal contributions to Australian music, and as a supporter of not-for-profit organisations.”
Previously, The Seekers were each named Australian of the Year for 1967. In 1995, The Seekers were inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association’s (ARIA) Hall of Fame, and in that same year Judith was honoured with the Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) for services to music, particularly as an entertainer and composer.
The announcement of their AO awards comes in the group’s Golden Jubilee year, celebrating 50 years since they released their first million-selling No. 1 smash hit, “I’ll Never Find Another You” in 1964. It was followed by two more chart-toppers, “A World Of Our Own” and “The Carnival Is Over”, before The Seekers became the first Australian artists ever to top the US charts with “Georgy Girl.”
Lead singer Judith Durham said, “We were just four unknown, aspiring Australian musicians singing happy, uplifting, melodic and inspiring songs, and being true to ourselves. We hope that this award might serve as encouragement to other Aussies to do the same.
“We are thrilled and delighted to accept such an honour.”
“What an incredible honour to go with our wonderful 50th Anniversary Celebration, and reconnection with our friends and fans all over the world,” says the group’s double bass player Athol Guy. “Our sell out tours of Australia and the UK topped everything we thought, but this honour at home is overwhelming and we each accept it with humility and gratitude.”
The announcement is made only days after The Seekers completed their farewell ‘Golden Jubilee Tour’ of the UK, playing to sold-out houses in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
… “A standing ovation before they’d even opened their mouths set the tone for the evening. It was touch and go if they’d squeeze any tunes in between the applause …”
… “It is extremely rare for a performance to receive a standing ovation before it has ended or indeed actually begun. But as the Seekers strolled on stage … the audience, which seemed charged by an almost intoxicating anticipation, rose to its feet unbidden, and almost as one; cheering and clapping a deeply felt warm to scorching welcome
to the four Australians …”
Judith Durham and Bruce Woodley have returned home to Australia. Keith Potger remains in the UK for solo performances with Frank Ifield, and Athol Guy is holidaying in France with his family.
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