|Birth name||Judith Mavis Cock|
|Born||July 3, 1943, Essendon, Australia|
|Years active||1960s - present|
|Associated acts||The Seekers|
Judith Durham, OAM (born Judith Mavis Cock on July 3, 1943, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a jazz singer who became the lead vocalist for the Australian popular folk music group The Seekers in 1963. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Essendon is a Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the City of Moonee Valley. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The Seekers were a group of Australian folk -influenced popular musicians that was formed in Melbourne, in 1962 Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia on 14 February 1975 "for the purpose of according recognition Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous The Seekers were a group of Australian folk -influenced popular musicians that was formed in Melbourne, in 1962 She left the group in mid 1968 to pursue her solo career. In 1993, Durham began to make sporadic recordings and performances with The Seekers, continuing into the 2000s.
Judith Durham was born July 3, 1943, at Essendon, Victoria, Australia to William Alexander Cock DFC, a Navigator and World War II Pathfinder, and his wife Hazel. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Essendon is a Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the City of Moonee Valley. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the United Kingdom 's Royal Air Force and other services, and formerly A navigator is the person onboard a ship or aircraft responsible for its Navigation. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Pathfinders are paratroops who are dropped into place before a major operation in order to place and operate navigational devices to assist the primary drop of paratroops Durham lived in Hobart, Tasmania where she attended The Fahan School before moving back to Melbourne in 1956. Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name It is located south of the eastern side of the Continent, being separated from it by Bass This article is about the Tasmanian school For the Irish district see Fahan. In Melbourne she was educated at Ruyton Girls' School, and following matriculation, enroled at RMIT. Ruyton Girls' School (commonly referred to simply as Ruyton) is a Non-denominational, independent, Day school for girls located in the The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ( RMIT) is an Australian University and Vocational education provider in Melbourne 
Durham at first planned to be a pianist and she gained the qualification of Associate In Music, Australia (AMusA) in classical piano at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium. The AMusA or Associate diploma in Music Australia is a diploma awarded to outstanding musical candidates by the Australian Music Examinations Board. The University of Melbourne is a Public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. A university school of music or college of music, or academy of music or conservatoire ( French, but used in British English) &mdash She had some professional engagements playing piano. However she also had classical vocal training and performed blues, gospels and jazz pieces. Her singing career began at the age of 18 when she asked Nicholas Ribush, leader of the Melbourne University Jazz Band, one night at the Memphis Jazz Club in Malvern, if she could sing with the band. Malvern is a Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is in the Local Government Area of the City of Stonnington In 1963 she began performing at the same club with Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers, using her mother's maiden name of Durham. In that year she also recorded her first EP, "Judy Durham with Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers" for W&G Records. W&G Records was an Australian recording company that operated from the early 1950s to the 1970s
Durham was working as a secretary at the J Walter Thompson advertising agency where she met an account executive called Athol Guy. JWT is the current name of the United States largest and world's fourth largest Advertising agency. Athol Guy (born January 5 1940, in Colac Victoria, Australia) is one of the members of the Australian Pop music - Folk music Guy was in a folk group called the Seekers which sang on Monday nights at a coffee lounge called the 'Treble Clef' on Toorak Road in Melbourne. A coffeehouse ( French / Portuguese: café; Spanish: cafetería; Italian: caffè
The Seekers consisted of Durham, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger, an ABC radio producer. Athol Guy (born January 5 1940, in Colac Victoria, Australia) is one of the members of the Australian Pop music - Folk music Bruce Woodley (born 25 July 1942 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian Singer, Guitarist, and Keith Potger (born March 21 1941 at Colombo in Sri Lanka, is one of the founder members of the Australian pop-folk group The Seekers, in which A radio producer oversees the making of a Radio show The producer may organize callers for talkback radio line up music organize show content etc It was through Keith Potger's position that the group was able to make a demo tape in their spare time. This was given to W&G Records who wanted another sample of Durham's voice before agreeing to record a Jazz Preachers album. Instead W&G signed The Seekers for an album, Introducing the Seekers, in 1963. (Keith Potger does not appear on the album cover because he was not allowed to have a second job. ) However Durham recorded two other songs with the Jazz Preachers, "Muddy Water" (which appeared on their album Jazz From the Pulpit) and "Trombone Frankie" (an adapted version of Bessie Smith's "Trombie Cholly"). Bessie Smith (July 9 1892 or April 15 1894&ndash September 26 1937 was an American Blues singer
In early 1964, the Seekers sailed to the United Kingdom on the S. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located S. Fairsky on which the group provided the musical entertainment. Originally they had planned to return after ten weeks, but they received a steady stream of bookings through the Grade Agency because they had sent the agency a copy of their first album. In November 1964 The Seekers released a "I'll Never Find Another You", composed by Tom Springfield. Tom Springfield (born Dion O'Brien 2 July 1934, Hampstead, London) was the brother of Dusty Springfield and an important In February 1965, the record reached number one in England and Australia. This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1960s.
They were the first Australian group to reach No. 1 on the British charts (I’ll Never Find Another You”), the first Australian group to reach No. 1 on the American charts (“Georgy Girl”) the first group to reach No. 1 on the U. K. charts with their first three singles, the only group in the southern hemisphere to ever draw a crowd of 200,000 people to a concert, Australians Of The Year 1967, record-holders for Australian television ratings (a ‘67’ for their 1967 TV spectacular, 'The Seekers Down Under), quadruple platinum award recipients for their 1993 Live In Concert video and ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees 1995. Their last Australian tour was in 2003.
Durham returned to Australia in August 1968 and her first solo television special screened on the Nine Network in the September. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney During her solo career she has released albums titled: For Christmas With Love, Gift Of Song and Climb Ev'ry Mountain. In the 1970s she returned to traditional jazz and recorded Volumes 1 & 2 of The Hottest Band In Town and The Hot Jazz Duo. After this she retired to Queensland but wrote songs occasionally. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent
In 1994 Durham began recording albums again. including Mona Lisas in 1996 under the direction of producer Gus Dudgeon. Gus Dudgeon (1942–2002 was a British Record producer, and the inventor of audio sampling as a musical device This was re-released as Always There in 1998 with the addition of Durham's solo recording of fellow Seeker Bruce Woodley's "I am Australian" (with Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply and Mandawuy Yunupingu of Yothu Yindi) and the Smith Family theme song of the title. Russell Charles Hitchcock (born June 15, 1949 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian musician and one half of the group Air Supply is a Soft rock Duo who had a succession of hits worldwide through the late 1970s and early 1980s Mandawuy Yunupingu (b Bakamana Yunupingu, September 17, 1956) is an Australian musician educator and community leader Yothu Yindi ( Yolngu for "child and mother") is an Australian band with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members The Smith Family is an Australian, independent Non-profit organisation committed to unlocking opportunities for disadvantaged children and their families to participate Her recording of "Always There" was first released on the 1997 double CD Anthems, which also featured Bruce Woodley's "Common Ground" and the Seekers' version of "Advance Australia Fair". A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an Optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio " Advance Australia Fair " is the official National anthem of Australia.
In 2000 Durham's album Let Me Find Love was re-released as Hold on To Your Dream, with the addition of her song "Australia Land of Today". 2001 saw another Australian tour, and in 2003 she toured the UK to celebrate her 60th birthday. Her birthday concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London was filmed and released on DVD in late 2004. Royal Festival Hall is a concert dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London, England. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is
In 2006, The Seekers were awarded the Key To The City of Melbourne by the Lord Mayor John So. As part of the ceremony, Judith Durham sang part of her song "Seldom "Seldom Melbourne Leaves My Mind" and was later invited by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund to record the song with Orchestra Victoria as a fundraiser. The decision was then made to record Judith's entire 'Australian Cities Suite', with all proceeds from the sale of the CD to go to the charitable sector. The album will be released in October 2008. The project will benefit charities like the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Australia (Judith is national patron) and Orchestra Victoria, in addition to other charities which benefit from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund or its national affiliated network United Way.
The ‘Australian Cities Suite’ features songs for all the capital cities, including “Sydney Girl Of My Dreams”, heartfelt memories of Judith’s childhood in Tasmania in “Happy Years I Spent In Hobart”, along with her emotional love song for the nation, “Australia Land Of Today”.
On November 21, 1969, she married her musical director, British pianist Ron Edgeworth, in Melbourne. Events 164 BC - Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family restores the Temple in Jerusalem. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A pianist (/'piənɪst/ is a Musician who plays the Piano. A professional pianist can perform solo pieces play with an ensemble or Orchestra They lived in the UK and Switzerland before settling in Australia until the mid 1980s, when they bought a property in Nambour, Queensland. Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation Nambour is a town situated in south east Queensland, Australia, 101 kilometres north of the state capital Brisbane. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent
In 1990 Durham, Edgeworth, and their tour manager Peter Summers were involved in a fatal car accident on the Calder Freeway, The driver of the other car died at the scene and Durham was seriously injured. Calder Freeway is a Freeway linking Melbourne to Kyneton in Victoria, Australia, superseding stretches of the Calder Highway The response from her fans made Durham consider getting back together with the other Seekers for the silver jubilee show. However this reunion was brief when Edgeworth was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The motor neurone diseases (or motor neuron diseases) (MND are a group of progressive neurological disorders that destroy Motor neurones the cells that control voluntary He died on December 10, 1994 with Durham by his side. Events 1041 - Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar)
In 1994, her authorised biography The Judith Durham Story - Colours Of My Life by Graham Simpson was first published by Random House. Random House Inc is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher It was updated and reprinted in 1998 and 2000, and in 2003, it was again and updated and published by Virgin Books. Virgin Books is a United Kingdom book Publisher 90% owned by the publishing group Random House, and 10% owned by Virgin Enterprises, the company originally
In the late 1990s Durham was stalked by her former personal assistant, who sent her dozens of doormats through the post and was subsequently prosecuted.
She has also contributed to various compilations, including the CD single "Yil Lull", "Slowly Gently" for the Motor Neurone Disease fundraiser, "One Man's Journey", and most recently an ethnic version of "The Carnival is Over" with Melbourne group Inca Marca for the Melbourne Immigration Museum's compilation CD This is the Place For a Song. In 2007 Durham also made a cameo appearance on "English Garden", a bonus track featured only on the digital download version of the new Silverchair album Young Modern. Silverchair is an Australian Alternative rock band. The band formed as Innocent Criminals in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1992 Young Modern is the fifth Album by Australian Alternative rock band Silverchair, released on 30 March 2007