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These pages provide details of some of the printed publications - books, theatre programmes, newspapers and magazines - that have featured Lyn Paul during her long career.


Music, Musicals and Theatre
Quiz Books

Concert and Theatre Programmes

New Seekers' programmes featuring Lyn Paul
Concert programmes
Pantomime programmes
Summer Season and Variety Show programmes
Theatre programmes
Newspapers and Magazines

1970-79 1980-89 1990-99 2000-09 2010-18

Books about Music, Musicals and the Theatre

Lyn Paul has been mentioned in all of the music books, directories and encyclopedias listed below.

The following books do not mention Lyn but may be of interest nonetheless:

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Ultimate Book of Pop Trivia (book jacket).

The Ultimate
Book Of
Pop Trivia

The Ultimate Book Of Pop Trivia
Phil Swern and Toby Rowan

Publisher: Robson Books
ISBN: 1-86105-434-3 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-86105-434-0
Publication date: 15th November 2001

The Ultimate Book Of Pop Trivia includes a list of TV advertisements that have "all sought to benefit from the inclusion of pop's catchiest hits" (pages 194-196). Among those listed are four songs featured in Coca-Cola commercials:

  • Robin Beck, The First Time (1988)
  • Collapsed Lung, Eat My Goal (1996)
  • Bobby Goldsboro, Hello, Summertime (1974)
  • Lyn Paul, It Oughta Sell A Million (1975)

Strangely, the song that people most associate with Coke - the New Seekers' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing - is not included in the list.

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Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (book cover).

Encyclopedia Of
Popular Music

(2002 edition)

The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Popular Music
Colin Larkin

Publisher: Virgin Books / Muze UK Ltd.
ISBN: 1-85227-832-3 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-85227-832-8
Publication date: 1999

ISBN: 1-85227-923-0 (new edition, hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-85227-923-3
Publication date: 1999 21st February 2002

The entry for the New Seekers is very similar to the description in The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Seventies Music (see below) but the text tells you more about Lyn Paul's solo career. It mentions that she overcame career problems and bankruptcy to make a triumphant comeback at the Café Royal (1995) followed by a critically acclaimed performance in Blood Brothers (1997).

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Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music (book cover).

Encyclopedia Of
Seventies Music


The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Seventies Music
Colin Larkin

Publisher: Virgin Books
ISBN: 0-7535-0154-6 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-7535-0154-2
Publication Date: 1997

ISBN: 1-85227-947-8 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-85227-947-9
Publication Date: 8th August 2002

The Virgin Encyclopedia provides a synopsis of the New Seekers' career not dissimilar to the version in the Guinness Who's Who. It does not include any photos of Lyn Paul or the New Seekers but does have a fuller (though nonetheless incomplete) discography of the group's albums. The book features a rating system which awards albums from one star (poor) to five stars (outstanding).

The profile of singer-songwriter Melanie mentions the New Seekers' "rival version" of her song What Have They Done To My Song, Ma (page 283).

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Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage and Film Musicals (book cover).

Encyclopedia Of
Stage & Film

The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Stage & Film Musicals
Based on the Encyclopedia Of Popular Music by Colin Larkin

Publisher: Virgin Publishing Ltd.
ISBN: 0-7535-0375-1 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-7535-0375-1
Publication date: 20th May 1999

The entry for Blood Brothers on page 76 includes a reference to Lyn's appearance in the 10th anniversary cast.

The entry for lyricist Don Black includes passing references to Lyn's single Sail The Summer Winds (page 71) and to the New Seekers' You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me (which was written by one of Don Black's song-writing partners, Geoff Stevens).

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Virgin Illustrated Encyclopedia (book cover).

Encyclopedia Of
Pop and Rock

The Virgin Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Pop and Rock

Publisher: Virgin Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1-85227-987-7 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-85227-987-5
Publication date: 28th November 2002

The revised, updated and expanded edition of this encyclopedia includes two paragraphs about the New Seekers (page 249). Despite it's claim to be "illustrated" there are no photos of the group. There is also a small factual error. The encyclopedia claims that You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me reached number 1 in the UK in 1973. Although the single was released in '73 it didn't actually reach the top of the singles chart until the week ending 19th January 1974.

If you are only interested in finding out about the New Seekers then the publication price of £35.00 is probably a bit steep. It may, however, be worth a trip to your local library!

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Yeah Yeah Yeah (book cover).

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Bob Stanley

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0-571-32240-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-571-32240-4
Publication date: 6th November 2014

An excellent read. Definitely worth a borrow from your local library, if of course you are still lucky enough to have a local library worth visiting. The New Seekers get a brief mention in relation to I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing: "The counterculture born in San Francisco... was genuinely popular with the masses - popular enough to be co-opted by Coca-Cola as early as 1971. The New Seekers' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing... wistfully predicted a future of "apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle doves". This was how the regular world saw hippies; this was pop's final distillation of Kerouac, Kesey, Leary and Love. It was a UK number one." (page 236)

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