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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

The books listed below contain information about the New Seekers (or ex-members of the group) and their recordings.

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Inspirations (book cover).


Inspirations: original lyrics and the stories behind the greatest songs ever written
Michael Randolfi, Mike Read and David Stark

Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing
ISBN: 1-86074-300-5 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-86074-300-9
Publication date: 26th September 1999

Included among the stories behind the songs is the tale of a tune that started its life as True Love and Apple Pie and ended up as I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (page 63).

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Lights, Camera, Soundtracks (book cover).

Lights, Camera,

Lights, Camera, Soundtracks: The Ultimate Guide to Popular Music in the Movies
Martin C. Strong with Brendon Griffin

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-84767-003-8 (paperback) /
ISBN 13 (USA): 978-1-84767-021-2 (paperback)
Publication date: 18th September 2008

There's no mention of John Barry's soundtrack to The Dove, so Lyn Paul fans will be disappointed with this one. However, if you persevere as far as page 364, you'll find a reference to Wishful Thinking, a four-piece band featuring Danny Finn of the New Seekers. Think twice before you persevere, though. The review of the soundtrack to That'll Be The Day featuring Wishful Thinking has this to say: "But for the tracks such as fillers... It'll Be Me by Wishful Thinking (spelt with two L's on the sleeve!) ... the album would have been near faultless." Ouch!

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Lives Of The Great Songs (book cover).

Lives Of The
Great Songs

Lives Of The Great Songs
Edited by Tim de Lisle

Publisher: Pavilion Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1-85793-051-7 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-85793-051-1
Publication date: 1994

If your local librarian hasn't already withdrawn this book from stock, you may still find it lingering on the library shelves. Jasper Rees (clearly not a fan of the New Seekers) fires a few wayward shots at the group in his article about Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind (pages 101-102). "No one," he claims, "plumbed the depths quite like the New Seekers ... Their version, elaborating on the more restrained example of The Seekers, is a happy-clappy sing-along with a ghastly guitar break."

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Music: Over a Century of the Greatest Artists, Albums, Songs, Performances and Events That Rocked the Music World
(The Little Black Book)

Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
ISBN 13: 978-1-84403-592-2 (paperback)
Publication date: 12th September 2007

An encyclopaedia covering 100 years of popular music, decade by decade. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by the New Seekers is featured as a 'Key Song' of the decade 1970-79 (page 405), while the writers of the song, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, are featured as 'Key People' (page 427).

Music: The Little Black Book (front cover).

Music (The Little Black Book)

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The Music Goes Round My Head (book cover).

The Music
Goes Round
My Head


The Music
Goes Round
My Head

The Music Goes Round My Head: Australian pop music 1964-1969
David Johnston

Publisher: Independent Publications, Australia
ISBN 13: 978-0-646-52696-6 (paperback)
Publication date: September 2010

All you'll ever need to know about Australian pop and rock in the mid to late 1960s. The book includes information about Peter Doyle, Mick Flinn and Marty Kristian.

The Music Goes Round My Head is a larger format paperback with a gloss laminated cover. It is illustrated with more than 1,000 margin-size photos and other archival images, is fully referenced and indexed, with an alphabetical list of all the songs referred to.

The book was printed in Australia and published as a limited edition (1,000 copies), with 50% of the proceeds donated to Support Act, the Australian musicians' benevolent charity.

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MTV Pop and Rock World Records 2011 (book cover).

Pop and Rock
World Records

MTV Pop and Rock World Records 2011
Luke Crampton and Dafydd Rees

Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1-84732-637-4 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-84732-637-9
Publication date: 14th October 2010

Turn to page 36 for the best-selling singles by year in the UK: the New Seekers' singles I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me are listed as the top-selling singles of 1972 and 1974 respectively.

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1971 - Never A Dull Moment (book cover).

Never A Dull Moment:
Rock's Golden Year

1971 - Never A Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year
David Hepworth

Publisher: Bantam Press
ISBN 13: 978-0-593-07486-2 (hardback)
Publication date: 7th April 2016

Publisher: Black Swan
ISBN 13: 978-0593074879 (paperback)
Publication date: 22nd February 2017

The New Seekers are mentioned in passing in the chapter November: Hunky Dory (page 300).

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100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The '60s
David N. Pepperell and Colin Talbot

Publisher: Melbourne Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-922129-52-9 (hardback)
Publication date: 2015

Australia's 100 greatest singles of the 1960s as chosen by David N. Pepperell and Colin Talbot. There's a page devoted to each of the singles with a picture of the recording artists on the facing page.

Among the 100 singles the book features four by The Seekers - A World Of Our Own, Georgy Girl, I'll Never Find Another You and The Carnival Is Over. The New Seekers get a mention on page 18 in the description of Anthem, a 1968 single by Procession, which the New Seekers recorded ten years later. Peter Doyle of the New Seekers gets a mention on page 178 in the description of Temptation 'Bout To Get Me by the Virgil Brothers; he is pictured with the other Virgil 'brothers' (none of them brothers at all) in the accompanying photo.

A 4-CD compilation was released to coincide with the publication of the book.

100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The '60s (hardback cover).

100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The '60s

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Rough Guide to Cult Pop (book cover).

Rough Guide To
Cult Pop

The Rough Guide To Cult Pop
Edited by Paul Simpson

Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd.
ISBN: 1-84353-229-8 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-84353-229-3
Publication date: September 2003

A pocket-sized pop trivia book that gives a brief nod in the direction of the New Seekers (page 329). The last section, The Final Countdown, makes an interesting link between the group's 1971 single I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and the Kinks' 1970 hit Lola. Although the New Seekers' hit was easily identifiable as the tune from a Coca-Cola commercial, it was the lyrics of the latter which mentioned the drink by name, necessitating a change to "cherry cola" to prevent the song from being banned by the BBC!

The New Seekers also get a mention in the profile of singer-songwriter Melanie (page 142).

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Runs In The Blood (book cover).

Runs In The Blood



Runs In The Blood
Marcie Jones

Publisher: Network Creative Services Pty Ltd.
ISBN 13: 978-0-9580162-9-2 (paperback)
Publication date: 2008

This is the biography of Australian singer Marcie Jones. It includes her memories of the Sunshine days in the '60s when she appeared on The Go!! Show and toured Australia with Peter Doyle and the other artists on the Sunshine label. Among her many memories Marcie recalls the Sounds Of '64 concert at the Palais Theatre, St. Kilda (page 99) and the sixties revival concert in 1997, which featured Peter Doyle, Rob Lovell and Danny Robinson re-united as the Virgil Brothers and Peter Doyle performing solo - "everyone could still cut it and we all had a ball."

There's an amusing anecdote involving Peter Doyle, a guitar case and a python (page 110) but you'll have to read the book to find out about that!

Peter Doyle is featured in photographs on page 90 (this one also features Marty Kristian), page 100 and page 298.

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Thirty Years of Number 1s (book cover).

Thirty Years Of
Number 1s

Thirty Years Of Number 1s:
UK and US Chart-Toppers 1960-1989

Phil Swern and Shaun Greenfield

Publisher: BBC Books
ISBN: 0-563-36084-4 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-563-36084-1
Publication date: 1990

A year by year guide to the chart-toppers on both sides of the Atlantic covering the years 1960-89. The commentary on the year 1972 includes a paragraph about the New Seekers (page 64). The original Seekers are featured in the commentary on 1965 (page 32).

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Top Of The Pops 50th Anniversary.

Top Of The Pops


Google ebook:
Top Of The Pops

Top Of The Pops 50th Anniversary
Patrick Humphries and Steve Blacknell

Publisher: McNidder & Grace
ISBN: 0-85716-052-4 (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-85716-052-2
Publication date: 28th November 2013

A history of Top Of The Pops, which recalled "pop-tastic hits from Pickettywitch, Mungo Jerry, New Seekers and the Poppy Family" (page 44). Anecdotes include Sue Menhenick's memories of dancing to You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me with Pan’s People (page 46) and DJ Ed Stewart's recollection of the episode where he had to wear an eye patch:

"But although I didn't feel particularly sexy at the time, I was actually doing rather well with the ladies, and weirdly two of them were on that same show! I was seeing Eve Graham of the New Seekers who appeared singing 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing', and I was also seeing Babs from Pan’s People who were, of course, on the show too..." (page 53)

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Top Pop Singles (book cover).

Top Pop Singles


Record Research

Top Pop Singles, 1955-1999
Joel Whitburn

Publisher: Billboard
ISBN: 0-89820-140-3 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-89820-140-6
Publication date: 1st December 2000

ISBN: 0-89820-139-X (hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-89820-139-0
Publication date: 1st January 2001

An encyclopaedic guide to the US singles chart from 1955-99. It gives details of all the New Seekers' hits on the Billboard Top 100.

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We Could Have Been The Wombles (book cover).

We Could Have Been
The Wombles

We Could Have Been The Wombles
The Weird and Wonderful World of One Hit Wonders
Tom Bromley

Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0-14-101711-2 (paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-101711-2
Publication date: 31st August 2006

'We Could Have Been The Wombles' takes a humourous look at the chart phenomenon known as the 'one hit wonder' (it was originally published in 2004 with the title 'The One and Only'). Books like this often turn out to be tedious - 'anoraks only' lists of little-known and best-forgotten facts - but this one isn't. It's the sort of book that you can dip into as the fancy takes you, but when you do put it down you'll probably find it's not long before you pick it up again. It's almost addictive - or maybe the anorak is getting too comfy?

The New Seekers are cited in Chapter 7 as the inspiration for 'one hit wonder' Robin Beck, whose only UK hit, The First Time, made it to number 1 in 1988.

"In 1971 Coca-Cola launched one of the seventies' iconic adverts, a veritable Benetton of children on top of an Italian hillside, all singing in perfect harmony ... Then someone had the brainwave of rewriting the lyrics and voilà! The New Seekers had a number 1 hit with I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing'. It seemed such a brilliant idea ... that in the late 1980s Coca-Cola decided to see if everyone would fall for it all over again. And guess what? We did." (page 112)

As an example of the book's humour, there's a footnote to this that reads: "In 1994 Oasis had a similar brainwave and released the not-dissimilar-sounding 'Shakermaker'. Their royalties went on a different brand of coke."

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The Who And The Making Of Tommy (book cover).

The Who
And The Making Of

The Who And The Making Of Tommy
Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Unanimous Ltd.
ISBN: 1-903318-76-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-903318-76-8
Publication date: 30th March 2006

Volume 5 of the Vinyl Frontier series takes an in-depth look at the Who's album Tommy, tracing its origins and evolution as a recording, live performance, movie and musical. The New Seekers are mentioned on page 159.

"Then the New Seekers - a UK / Australian clean-living close-harmony group more famous for 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)' which was adapted from a Coca-Cola ad - produced a medley of 'Pinball Wizard' and 'See Me Feel Me,' which went to number 16 in the UK and number 29 in the US."

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Who's Who of Australian Rock (book cover).

Who's Who Of
Australian Rock!

Who's Who Of Australian Rock!
Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara and Paul McHenry

Publisher: Moonlight Publications
ISBN: 0-7316-0358-3 (1st edition)
ISBN 13: 978-0-7316-0358-9
Publication date: 1987

Publisher: The Five Mile Press
ISBN: 0-86788-213-1 (2nd revised edition, paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-86788-213-1
Publication date: 1989

Publisher: The Five Mile Press
ISBN: 0-86788-368-5 (3rd revised edition, paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-0-86788-368-8
Publication date: 1993

Publisher: The Five Mile Press
ISBN: 1-875971-50-5 (4th edition, paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-875971-50-3
Publication date: 1996

Publisher: The Five Mile Press
ISBN: 1-86503-891-1 (5th edition, paperback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-86503-891-9
Publication date: 2002

An encyclopedia giving basic information about the recordings of Australian bands and solo artists. It includes entries for three of the New Seekers - Peter Doyle, who is listed both as a solo artist and as a member of the Virgil Brothers, Marty Kristian and Mick Flinn (listed as a member of The Mixtures and the Wild Colonials).

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