Keith Potger presents The Seekers’ greatest songs
THE year is 1964 and four young Aussies are off to London on a working holiday never dreaming that within 12 months they will be the first Australian band to reach number one in the UK and US with songs like Georgy Girl, I’ll Never Find Another You and The Carnival Is Over.
And certainly not expecting they will have six top 10 hits in the UK and US charts, knocking off bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones from their top of the pops perches, and in their short career selling 50 million records in the process.
The four were Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger. They called themselves The Seekers and for the next four years their four part harmony sound was to bring them world-wide applause until they broke up when Judith left the group to fly solo.
For Keith Potger, however, the carnival is anything but over.
He is still strumming his 12-string guitar and singing The Seekers’ hits.
This month he will be in Noosa for the Long Weekend Festival as part of his regional tour which will take in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Ipswich, Noosa and Ballina.
“We had no idea of the international fame The Seekers would achieve,” Keith told Seniors.
“We were primarily a coffee lounge group and we were just on a holiday for a few months. Suddenly, all sorts of things opened up for us.
“We were lucky to have the guiding hand of Tom Springfield (brother of UK singer Dusty Springfield).”
Keith, 75, has two commitments at Noosa Long Weekend – a songwriting workshop on Saturday morning, July 23, and the next evening performing at a dinner show.
Will there be some of the group’s great songs?
“Oh yes, I always pay great respect to what we did and I include three or four of our big hits.’’
Noosa Long Weekend, Saturday, July 23, songwriting workshop at Noosa Bicentennial Hall annexe, Sunshine Beach from 11am. Cost $22.50.
Sunday, July 24, dinner show, Noosa Boat House, 194 Gympie Tce, Noosaville. 5.30–7.30pm welcome drink, three- course dinner. 7.45pm performance. Tickets $87.50.