Judith Durham, lead singer with the Seekers whose bell-like voice brought chart success – obituary

Judith Durham, lead singer with the Seekers whose bell-like voice brought chart success – obituary

Judith Durham, who has died aged 79, was the wholesome chanteuse fronting the Seekers, the Australian singing group voted more popular than the Beatles in 1965, the year in which they scored two middle-of-the-road No 1 hits that bucked contemporary musical trends and led to sales of some 50 million records around the world. With an unaffected bell-like voice of remarkable purity that was later likened to that of Karen Carpenter, Judith Durham was not the typical dolly-bird pop star of her day. Cutting a decidely homespun figure compared with the more glamorous pop divas of the time, she could present as something of a frump, invariably covering up with her signature floor-length stage dresses, and always struggling with her weight. In style, make-up and manners, she was, as one …
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