Publisher: Virgin Books
ISBN: 0-86369-691-0 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-86369-691-6
Publication date: 19th November 1992
The list of famous birthdays for 16th February (page 49) includes Lyn Paul (1949). Based on Radio 1's The Rockdate Diary, this is a fun book if you're hooked on pop trivia. Did you realise, for example, that ABBA - The Movie premiered in the UK on Lyn's 29th birthday? Beware of the mistakes though - according to this book Nat 'King' Cole lived an extra year and Edith Piaf lived an extra five.
The Book: Top 40 Research
Jim Barnes and Stephen Scanes
Publisher: Scanes Music Research
ISBN: 0-646-25736-6 (9th edition, paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-646-25736-5
Publication date: 30th September 2015
A limited edition directory presenting 60 years of Top 40 Charts in Australia (1956-2014) listed alphabetically by artist and alphabetically by song title. It includes entries for the New Seekers; for Peter Doyle and Marty Kristian, who had hits in Australia before they joined the New Seekers; and for Lyn Paul, who had a minor hit in Australia in 1975. Also of interest are the entries for The Mixtures (Mick Flinn), Pussyfoot (Donna Jones) and the Virgil Brothers (Peter Doyle).
Publisher: Guinness World Records Limited
ISBN 13: 978-1-904994-10-7
Publication date: 2nd June 2006
Lyn Paul and the New Seekers are featured in the 2006 edition of the Guinness British Hit Singles & Albums book. As with previous editions there is a directory entry listing the group's hit singles and albums (page 392). Additionally the New Seekers' single Never Ending Song Of Love is listed amongst the Unluckiest No. 2 Hits (page 512). The list is accompanied by a small photo of the group (line-up featuring Peter Oliver).
Lyn Paul gets a directory listing of her own on page 420.
Classic Tracks Back to Back: Singles and Albums
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-59223-872-9 (paperback)
Publication date: 28th March 2008
This is an updated version of two books previously published as separate titles: Albums: The stories behind 50 years of great recordings and Singles: Six Decades of Hot Hits and Classic Cuts.Lyn Paul is quoted in a short article about the New Seekers' hit I'd like To Teach The World To Sing (page 129).
Club Fiesta The Real Story
'Mr. Keith' Lipthorpe and Helen Jane Lipthorpe
Publisher: Quoin Publishing
ISBN 13: 978-1-907257-67-4 (paperback)
Publication date: 2013
This book tells the 'real story' of the Fiesta nightclubs in Stockton and Sheffield, written by the clubs' founder 'Mr. Keith' Lipthorpe and his daughter Helen. The Seekers and the New Seekers are both listed amongst the many Fiesta artistes, as are Judith Durham, Eve Graham and Lyn Paul, who also topped the bill as solo artists.
The back pages feature signed photos from Helen's collection of memorabilia of Eve Graham of the New Seekers (page 198) and Judith Durham of The Seekers (page 199). There are photos of the New Seekers and Springfield Revival on page 149 and an interior photo featuring banner advertising for Lyn Paul (page 134).
Here's more reason, should you need it, not to trust the printed word. The book boasts that "every entry features a biography of the artist, giving brief details of their lives and careers ..." What it doesn't admit is that the "interesting facts and feats" are not necessarily accurate. Let's count the mistakes.
First, the biography of the New Seekers (page 553).
1. "[Peter] Doyle left in 1974 ..." Actually, it was 1973.
2. "Disbanding in 1975, each member went solo ..." In fact, the New Seekers split up in 1974. Only Lyn, Eve and Peter Oliver went solo. Marty and Paul formed a trio with Danny Finn, the aptly named Marty, Paul and Danny.
3. "[Marty] Kristian was a member of Prima Donna, UK's entrant in the 1980 Eurovision Contest." That'll be a surprise to Marty and to Danny Finn, who did join Prima Donna.
4. "They re-formed in 1975 ..." That would be in the same year that they split up then! The New Seekers actually re-formed in 1976.
5. "[Peter] Doyle died from cancer in Australia on 22/10/2001." Peter died on 13th October and was buried on 22nd.
And now, the biography (all two-and-a-half lines of it) of Lyn Paul (page 587).
1. "UK singer ... who was a founder member of the New Seekers in 1969." Keith Potger founded the New Seekers in 1969, that much is true, but Lyn Paul did not join until 1970.
2. "They disbanded in 1974 ..." Congratulations! Yes, they did. But make up your mind, please: on page 553, it was 1975. Oh, and wait a sec, here comes the rest of the sentence: " ... with all five going solo." Darn it, a repeated mistake, just when you thought that Graham Betts had finally got it right!
3. "She did not rejoin the group when they re-formed in 1975." How could she, with all five being so busy with their solo careers that year?
Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2005
ISBN: 0-00-720076-5 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-00-720076-4
Publication date: 4th April 2005
A 2nd edition, but with the same mistakes.
Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2006
ISBN: 0-00-720077-3 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-00-720077-1
Publication date: 3rd April 2006
A new edition with all-but-one of the mistakes corrected. "They re-formed in 1975 ..." remains.
Complete British Hit Albums 1952-2004
ISBN: 0-00-719551-6 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-00-719551-0
Publication date: 4th October 2004
The Complete British Hit Albums lists the New Seekers' UK chart albums but repeats some of the mistakes contained in Graham Betts' other books.
Complete UK Hit Albums 1952-2005
ISBN: 0-00-720532-5 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-00-720532-5
Publication date: 3rd October 2005
The new edition of the Complete UK Hit Albums corrects most of the misinformation about the New Seekers contained in Graham Betts' other books. This is the one to buy!
Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart's
Book Of Pop
Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart's Book Of Pop
Publisher: Pan Books Ltd.
ISBN: 0-330-23833-7 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-330-23833-5
Publication date: 1973 / 2nd printing: 1974
Ed Stewart's round up of the top pop stars, with a chapter on the New Seekers (pages 33-39).
Encyclopedia Of Rock
Edited by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Stephen Barnard and Don Perretta
Publisher: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.
ISBN: 0-356-14274-4 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-356-14274-6
Publication date: 22nd October 1987
This encyclopedia contains a brief synopsis of the New Seekers' career from 1969-78 (pages 315-316) but it mistakenly claims that Lyn Paul was born in Melbourne, Australia.
The New Seekers are also referred to in the entries for their US and UK record companies - Elektra Records (page 159) and Polydor Records (page 342).
The Encyclopedia Of Rock, Volume 3
The Sounds of the Seventies
Edited by Phil Hardy and Dave Laing
According to this encyclopedia Lyn Paul was born in Melbourne, Australia. With that exception the encyclopedia provides a factually accurate but brief synopsis of the New Seekers' career from 1969-74.
Eurovision Song Contest Entrants of 1972:
Vicky Leandros, the New Seekers, Lyn Paul, Mary Roos, Peter Doyle, Grethe Kausland, Tereza Kesovija
Publisher: Books LLC
ISBN 13: 978-1-155-35036-3 (paperback)
Publication date: 2010
Biographies of several of the contestants who took part in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest, including the New Seekers (pages 55-60) and the five individual members of the group:
Eve Graham (pages 7-8) Lyn Paul (pages 15-20) Marty Kristian (pages 23-24) Paul Layton (pages 35-38) Peter Doyle (pages 39-44)
The biography of Lyn Paul is also available in another LLC book People from Wythenshawe, which also includes biographies of Tyson Fury, Stephen Whittle, Harry H. Corbett, Estelle Morris, Caroline Aherne, Tony Whelan and the Nosebleeds.
The Official History
The Eurovision Song Contest: 50 Years, The Official History
John Kennedy O'Connor
Publisher: Carlton Books
ISBN: 1-84442-586-X (hardback)
Publication date: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 1-84442-240-2 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-84442-240-1
Publication date: 3rd April 2006
All you could ever want to know about the Eurovision Song Contest in one book, including the New Seekers appearance in the 1972 contest (page 50).
The Official Celebration
The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official Celebration
John Kennedy O'Connor
Publisher: Carlton Books
ISBN: 1-78097-638-0 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-78097-638-9
Publication date: 9th April 2015
There's not a lot in this book for fans of the New Seekers but the group's 1972 entry Beg, Steal Or Borrow is listed amongst the UK's most successful songs in Chapter 5.
That aside, if you're a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, you'll enjoy rediscovering some familiar facts and figures - and maybe find the odd surprise. Dip into Chapter 4 and you'll discover that Prma Donna, the 'no hopers' who represented the UK in 1980 and featured the lead vocals of ex-New Seeker Danny Finn, were in fact Eurovision trend setters.
"Completely unrated by the British public ahead of the final, the moves the three boys and three girls put together certainly impressed and they astonished everyone... with 3rd place, setting a trend for dancing Brits that dominated the decade." (page 94)
Tells A Story:
Every Chart-Topper Tells A Story: The Seventies
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd.
ISBN 13: 978-1-85158-837-4
Publication Date: 1998
This book contains a short history of the New Seekers (pages 100 - 102). It includes four lines about Lyn's solo career but implies (falsely) that Lyn rejoined the New Seekers in 1976.