Judith Durham, Singer With the Seekers, Recovering From Brain Hemorrhage
Judith Durham, lead singer of ARIA Hall of Fame-inducted Australian folk group the Seekers, has suffered a brain hemorrhage while on tour Down Under.
Durham fell ill after a show in the band’s hometown of Melbourne on Tuesday night. The 69-year-old artist was admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with a small cerebral hemorrhage, according to a message on the band’s official website.
She’s apparently on the mend. The group’s bass player Athol Guy told Australia’s free-to-air Nine Network on Thursday that Durham is "resting very comfortably," having undergone tests during her stay in hospital. Separately, guitarist Keith Potger told Melbourne’s “The Age” newspaper that she’d "made it absolutely clear she's humbled by the attention and love and good wishes that have flowed her way."
The Seekers became the first Australian act to top the U.K. singles chart when their 1965 song “I’ll Never Find Another You” peaked out at No. 1. Later that year, they hit the top spot again in Britain with “The Carnival Is Over.” In the space of just two years, they grabbed six top 10 hits in Britain, including their best-known track "Georgy Girl," which was nominated for an Academy Award for original song and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Durham went solo in 1967.
The Seekers were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1995.
The Seekers had been trekking the country in celebration of their 50th anniversary reunion tour. According to a statement on their official Website, the remaining 10 shows on the Seekers “Golden Jubilee Australian Tour” will be rescheduled.