Judith Durham


August 19, 2022

Judith Durham AO (born Judith Mavis Cock on July 3, 1943 in Essendon/Melbourne – died August 5, 2022 in Melbourne) was an Australian singer, musician, singer-songwriter and composer. She was a founding member and lead singer of the pop-folk group The Seekers, which was founded in Melbourne in 1963 and was particularly successful in Great Britain.


Judith Durham started out musically as a jazz singer before co-founding the Seekers and celebrating international success with them. At the farewell concert on July 7, 1968 in London, she sang solo The Olive Tree, a title composed for her by Tom Springfield and Diane Lampert and which she had released as a solo single the previous year Music albums For Christmas With Love, Gift Of Song and Climb Ev'ry Mountain. On 21 November 1969 in Melbourne she married her musical director, British pianist Ron Edgeworth, formerly of The John Barry Seven, and continued to work with him as a group. Both lived in Great Britain and Switzerland until the mid-1980s. He played the piano and she sang. Edgeworth died on December 10, 1994 at the age of 56. The Seekers, which disbanded in 1968, continued to work with a new female singer, but without much success. It wasn't until 1994, after a little over 25 years, that Judith rejoined the Seekers and the success continued. At the end of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the Seekers were planned with The Carnival Is Over, but had to cancel because of an injury to Judith Durham. The Seekers undertook an Australian tour in May 2013, concluding with a concert in November 2013. Her last concert tour with the Seekers took Durham to England in early summer 2014 and to New Zealand in November of the same year.

Solo releases

1963 Judy Durham with Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers (EP) 1964 Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers & Judy Durham - Trombone Frankie (music single) 1967 The Olive Tree / The Non-Performing Lion Quickstep (music single) - UK Singles Charts #33 1967 Again and Again / Memories (music single) 1968 For Christmas with Love (Record) 1970 Gift of Song (LP) 1971 Climb Every Mountain (LP) 1973 JD & The Hottest Band in Town Vol. 1 (LP) 1974 JD & The Hottest Band in Town Vol. 2 (LP) 1980 The Hot Jazz Duo (LP) 1992 Australia Land of Today (CD single) 1994 Let Me Find Love (CD) - ARIA Charts #8 1996 Mona Lisas (CD) - UK Albums Chart #46 1997 Always There (CD) 2000 Hold On to Your Dream (CD) 2002 JD and the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir (CD) 2003 Diamond Night (DVD) 2009 Judith Durham Up Close & Personal - Volume 1 (CD) 2009 Judith Durham's Advance Australia Fair ... A Lyric For Contemporary Australia (CD) 2011 Epiphany (CD) 2011 Colors of My Life - ARIA Charts #44 2012 The Australian Cities Suite – ARIA Charts #81 (Debut) 2015 Climb Ev'ry Mountain – ARIA Charts #44 2016 Live in London 2018 So Much More


Graham Simpson: The Judith Durham Story: Colors of My Life. Virgin Books, London 2003, ISBN 978-1-85227-059-9.

Web Links

Official site Judith Durham at Discogs Judith Durham at the Internet Movie Database The Judith Durham Story at www.judithdurham.org.uk (English) Judith Durham/Seekers Biography at www.angelfire.com Judith Durham & Ron Edgeworth Wedding Footage, November 22, 1969 The Seekers Reunion Concert complete, Judith Durham & The Seekers Judith Durham (The Seekers) Interview – Today Show, June 16, 2009 Judith Durham (The Seekers) on This Is Your Life – 1997 This Is My Song