Seekers find their forte
|World-renowned Australian band The Seekers receive top honour at this year’s ARPA Awards later this month.|
The news will give vocalist Judith Durham a big boost as she continues to recover from a minor cerebral haemorrhage in hospital. Judith is in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and has begun an active rehabilitation programme.
The award for Outstanding Services To Australian Music goes to The Seekers, who are still recording and performing with original members from their 1960s line-up.
They have been annointed joint Australians Of The Year, inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, and have had tracks added to the National Film And Sound Archive.
Their biggest hits include Morningtown Ride, The Carnival Is Over and Georgy Girl. The Ted Albert honour from ARPA is the latest accolade.
A statement from the Seekers said: “Over the past 50 years, we’ve been the proud recipients of many awards from all over the world, but recognition in our own country has always meant a great deal to us. We are truly honoured to receive the Ted Albert Award, named after such a legendary and iconic figure in the Australian music industry.”
“Surely no other Australian act has had such enormous international appeal while retaining its unadorned sense of ‘Australianness’,” said APRA|AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle.
“The Seekers really put Australian music on the map: a succession of top five hits around the world, including three UK No.1s, all achieved at the height of the popularity of The Beatles, The Rolling 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,” he added.