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Singer and Composer
J. Walter Thompson Company
Ruyton Girls' School
The Fahan School
Victoria Day Council
Judith Durham delivering her address
Professor David Penington AC presenting the Perpetual Shield as Victorian of 2014
Victoria Day Council Judith Durham The Victoria Day Award for Public and Community Service is awarded to Judith Durham. As lead vocalist of Australia' s first global chart-topping band The Seekers in the 1960s, Ms Judith Durham became Australia' s first international "pop princess". The Seekers often outsold The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, with legendary hits like "Georgy Girl" (nominated for an Academy Award as Best Song in a Movie), "The Carnival Is Over" (statistically No. 30 in ' UK Top 100 Best Selling Singles of All Time' ) and "I' ll Never Find Another You". Judith was born in Melbourne in 1943 and attended Ruyton Girls School. Later she studied classical piano music with the renowned teacher, Ronald Farren Price. As a teenager, she dreamed of starring in opera or musicals, but started in traditional jazz, gospel and blues before joining the Seekers, after leaving the Seekers she had a very successful solo career. Judith has been an egg-free vegetarian since 1968, advocating a lifestyle that is non-smoking, environmentally friendly, decaffeinated, teetotal, drug free and cruelty free. Judith says her commitment to more than 50 community organisations was born of adversity. ''Particularly with my husband having died of motor neurone disease for me that was a huge realisation that there was something I could do in addition to being an entertainer.'' She has been National Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Australia since the death of her beloved husband, brilliant pianist Ron Edgeworth, in 1994. In recent years Judith has taken part in a numbers of tours with the Seekers in those appearance, Judith supports The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, young people through Kids Under Cover and Variety Clubs, and The Lord Mayor' s Charitable Foundation. The Royalties from the album "The Australian Cities Suite" released in March 2012, a major work composed and sung by Judith, with Orchestra Victoria under the baton of conductor and arranger Kevin Hocking, aid The Lord Mayor' s Charitable Foundation and the 400 charities they support, including the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Orchestra Victoria; Judith has received many awards in her own right or with the other members of the Seekers including, Australian of the Year in 1967, induction intothe Australian Record Industry Association' s (ARIA) Hall of Fame, Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) (for services to music, particularly as an entertainer and composer), Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) (for distinguished service to the performing arts as an entertainer, through seminal contributions to Australian music), and as a supporter of a range of not-for-profit organisations. Award by Rotary International of a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her work on behalf of charities, award of Centenary Medal by the Governor-General for service to Australian society through music.
MUSICOAST - Judith Durham - Judith Durham
JUDITH DURHAM Artists embraced by Musicoast have a uniqueness that will hopefully continue to rock the cradle of the world - such as golden singing voice of Judith Durham and her marvelous compositions so full of hope; timeless catchy melodies and simple rhythms of Australia's first International pop icons The Seekers with the harmonies and acoustic instrumentation of Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley combined with Judith's lead voice; the treasured recordings featuring the much loved magical voice of Judith's sister Beverley Sheehan; and the cherished body of work that gifted pianist Ron Edgeworth shared with his wife Judith. Artists embraced by Musicoast have a uniqueness that will hopefully continue to rock the cradle of the world - such as golden singing voice of Judith Durham and her marvelous compositions so full of hope; timeless catchy melodies and simple rhythms of Australia's first International pop icons The Seekers with the harmonies and acoustic instrumentation of Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley combined with Judith's lead voice; the treasured recordings featuring the much loved magical voice of Judith's sister Beverley Sheehan; and the cherished body of work that gifted pianist Ron Edgeworth shared with his wife Judith. Musicoast is, in a way, a global extension of Judith Durham's childhood prediction that she would play sheet music on a piano in a shop window one day. Judith didn't realize back then, that through her glimpse into the future, a seed was being sown for Musicoast's "global shop window" with its aim to create and produce works to generate pleasure and joy, emotional release and enlightenment through empathy and support to others. FOR-GRAHAM-PAGEGraham Simpson and Judith Durham at the launch of 'Colours Of My Life' 1994 In 2002, Shelley became Judith's manager for two years - for the UK launch of Judith's 'Hold On To Your Dream' album (to great acclaim), leading to the highly successful UK 'Diamond Tour' - with the same positive attitude always advocated by Judith to strengthen healing power, Shelley attended most of the concerts while undergoing chemotherapy - a remarkable achievement. Michele Morris is a music journalist and classically trained musician, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of The Seekers' music, and more particularly, of Judith Durham's solo career. The website receives thousands of queries, suggestions and comments which Michele answers, often in consultation with Judith. Find Judith on your social networks
"This Is My Song" from Chaplin's last film, A Countess from Hong Kong, was a number one hit in several different languages in the late 1960s (most notably the version by Petula Clark and discovery of an unreleased version in the 1990s recorded in 1967 by Judith Durham of The Seekers), and Chaplin's theme from Limelightwas a hit in the 1950s under the title "Eternally.
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