According to a statement from her record company, Judith Durham, an Australian folk music icon and the lead vocalist of The Seekers, has passed away. She was 79.
“Judith was transferred from the Alfred Hospital to Palliative Care on Friday, August 5, where she spent a little amount of time before passing away quietly that evening. Complications from a long-standing chronic lung condition led to her death “A statement from Musicoast and Universal Music Australia was posted on The Seekers’ official Facebook page.
“When we lose a dazzling star and cherished longtime friend, our lives are forever altered. Her struggle was valiant and fierce; she never grumbled about her fate and accepted it wholeheartedly. We are so fortunate to share her incredible musical heritage with Keith, Bruce, and myself “Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley, and Athol Guy—former bandmates of hers—added to the message.
Durham paved the way for Australian performers to become well-known abroad. The Seekers, an Australian pop group founded in 1962, are regarded as the first to experience mainstream success in the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Georgy Girl” and “A World of Our Own” were among the group’s top singles.