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.
Publisher: Guinness World Records Limited
ISBN: 1 904994 10 5
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).
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?
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) /
1 84442 240 2 (paperback)
Publication date: 1st March 2005 (hardback) /
3rd April 2006 (paperback)
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).
Tells A Story:
Every Chart-Topper Tells A Story: The Seventies
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd.
ISBN: 1 85158 837 X
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.