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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.


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Press Articles: 2000s

These pages provide details of newspaper articles, reviews and interviews featuring Lyn Paul or the New Seekers, which appeared in the UK press from 2000 onwards. Scroll down the page or select a year from the table below.

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2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Lyn Paul as Dick Whittington.

Lyn Paul
as Dick Whittington,
December 2001

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UK Newspapers

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This Is Windsor

Music Press

Record Collector


The Stage


Former New Seeker Peter Doyle died on 13th October 2001. Obituaries and tributes appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Lyn Paul was mentioned in articles about West End shows, John Barry and (believe it or not) George Best.

 Vision: the OGAE (UK) Magazine,
 Issue 43, January 2001, page 21.

The New Seekers Discography
(continued from Issue 42)

A discography listing the New Seekers' US single releases and the solo recordings of Lyn Paul, Eve Graham and the other ex-members of the group.

The New Seekers at the OGAE Convention.

This issue of Vision also includes a review of the New Seekers' live performance at the OGAE Convention 2000.

 The Guardian, 9th March 2001, page 2.

Too cool to be kind over nightmare for farming
by Simon Hoggart

A Commons' debate on foot and mouth disease (and "Nick Brown's bloodless reaction" to it) led the political sketch writer Simon Hoggart to seek refuge in the House of Lords: "The excitement was soon too much for me. I tottered along to the Lords for some rest and recuperation, rather as you might want to spin the New Seekers' greatest hits after a Def Leppard concert."

 The Sun, 15th March 2001, page 27.

Is hit taken from Oasis song?
by Dominic Mohan

Following claims that the Hear'Say hit Pure And Simple had been lifted in part from the Oasis track All Around The World, Dominic Mohan pointed out that "Oasis are more used to claims that they pinched other people's ideas ... they paid the New Seekers £175,000 in 1995 for using bits of I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing on Shakermaker.

 Express On Sunday, 18th March 2001.

Where did they get that tune?
by Dominic Utton

Dominic Utton reported that, having noticed the similarities between All Around The World and Hear'Say's Pure And Simple, "the brothers Gallagher ... are considering legal moves to claim some of the Popstars' royalties.

Which, given Oasis's form for 'borrowing' bits of others' tunes (Gary Glitter, the Kinks, T. Rex, the New Seekers), raises the question: where did they get the idea from in the first place?"

 Independent On Sunday, 8th April 2001, page 15.

Yet its run is only now ending. What made it important?
by Matthew Sweet

Lyn gets a mention in an article about the West End's longest running shows:

Blood Brothers

"Producer Bill Kenwright moved Willy Russell's Liverpudlian musical to the Phoenix Theatre 11 years ago. It now stars Lyn Paul, formerly of the New Seekers."

 Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2001.

Perfect partners for Tories `is perfect fiction'. But still the rumours persist about plans for Euro challenge.
by Sarah Womack

The New Seekers and politics - again!

Commenting on a possible Tory leadership bid by Kenneth Clarke alongside Michael Portillo, Sarah Womack wrote: "A One Nation Party again. Right-wingers and Left-wingers in perfect harmony. It sounded like a song by the New Seekers."

 Evening News (Edinburgh), 15th May 2001, page 20.

Eurovision song contest is a real killer

John Gibson
recalled the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest:

"HOW'S this for melodrama? The Eurovision Song Contest might have cost your scribe his life. Back in 1972 when the contest was staged in the Usher Hall and the New Seekers came second, there was a bomb scare in the hall hours before I took my seat to write up the event.

A case of 'everybody out!' while the hall was checked for a possible present from the IRA.

... I still have that autographed photo of New Seeker Eve Graham, by the way."

 Record Collector, No. 262, June 2001, page 52.

The Name's Barry ... John Barry
by Vince Oldham

Vince Oldham took a look at the career of John Barry, one of the 20th Century's most prolific and popular soundtrack composers. The 8 page article paid compliment to Lyn Paul's 1974 single Sail The Summer Winds, which Barry wrote and produced.

"Lyn (New Seekers) Paul's rendition of 'Sail The Summer Winds' from The Dove was a haunting song that deserved to be a hit."

 The Independent, 11th June 2001, page 6.

Obituary: Mike Sammes
by Spencer Leigh

The New Seekers were mentioned in the obituary for the singer and songwriter Mike Sammes, who died on 19th May.

"Sammes wrote songs and commercials with over 30 lyricists, but he never wrote a hit record. The New Seekers' Out To The Edge Of Beyond [correct title: Out On The Edge Of Beyond] just failed in 1972 to become the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. 'The week that they were featuring my song, there was a power strike and only about three people saw the broadcast'."

 The Mirror, 15th June 2001.


"Here are some possible contenders as new names for the Tories ... The Nice But Dims, The New Seekers .. "

 The Guardian, 2nd July 2001.

Shed no tears for Best but plenty for Bough
by Martin Kelner

Lyn Paul's name crops up in a review of a TV documentary about footballer George Best.

"The programme scored ... by ... including some history I had forgotten.

Lynsey de Paul, for instance. I never knew she had stepped out with George. I thought it was Lyn Paul of the New Seekers, although given George's voracious appetite for blondes in the '70s it may well have been Lynsey de Paul, Lyn Paul, Lynne Perrie - and the Liverpool full-back Alec Lindsay."

 The Times, 29th September 2001, page 14.

Oh brother
by Robert Crampton

An interview with Noel Gallagher in which the writer recalled the Shakermaker / Teach The World To Sing controvesy:

"He lifted the melody for Cigarettes and Alcohol, their first top ten single, from Get It On by T. Rex. "I wouldn't attempt to do that nowI That was written before I had a record deal ... We never got sued." (Except by the New Seekers, of all people, who took exception to Shakermaker's resemblance to I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. The New Seekers got £175,000. And Gary Glitter got £200,000 after they nicked the line "Hello, hello, it's good to be back." It's worth noting that these songs, along with almost all of the others Gallagher used, had been Number One singles in their time. There's no faulting Noel's ear for a popular tune.)"

 Record Buyer and Music Collector,
October 2001, pages 64-65.

Record Buyer (October 2001).

Whatever Happened to ... the New Seekers
by Steve Liddle

A look back at the career of the New Seekers, their progress to the pop charts and what happened afterwards. The article includes two photos of Lyn Paul in Blood Brothers.

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 The Times, 17th October 2001, page 19.

Obituaries: Peter Doyle

The Times remembered Peter Doyle - the "New Seeker disillusioned by always singing in perfect harmony", but Peter was wrongly identified in the photograph of the New Seekers accompanying his obituary. A correction was printed in The Times the following day (18th October).

The obituary covered Peter's entire career but focused on his time with the New Seekers: "He was with the group for only three years - joining in 1970, the same year as Lyn Paul ... After that heady period he was spared the pressures of fame, particularly the pressure to be a squeaky-clean sex-symbol (he was involved at the time in a romance with Lyn Paul, but their managers kept it under wraps for fear of disappointing the female fans)."

 The Independent, 18th October 2001,
 Thursday Review, page 6.

Obituaries: Peter Doyle
by Spencer Leigh

Peter's obituary includes two quotes from Lyn Paul:

"We were going to do the same kind of folk music as the Seekers, but it didn't work out like that. 'Look What They Done To My Song, Ma' still aggravates me, I don't like the song, but it was our first hit in 1970."

"It [I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing] was a very boring song and I couldn't stand up and do it in cabaret on my own, but what makes the record interesting are all the counter-harmonies."

 Birmingham Evening Mail, 22nd October 2001,
 page 40.

New Seekers singer dies, 52 (Obituary)

The Birmingham Evening Mail paid tribute to Peter Doyle in an obituary which highlighted some of his greatest hits with the New Seekers, including Beg, Steal Or Borrow:

"In 1972 the New Seekers represented Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest with Beg Steal Or Borrow, on which Doyle shared lead vocals with Lyn Paul. By 1973, however, he was beginning to tire of pop stardom and decided to pursue a solo career as a singer songwriter."

 Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2001, page 23.

Obituary of Peter Doyle, singer and lyricist who performed with the New Seekers at their height but later tired of pop-stardom

The Daily Telegraph printed the full-length version of an obituary which later appeared in the Birmingham Evening Mail.

"Doyle joined the New Seekers in 1970. During the three years he spent with the group, they reached the height of their fame. The band had been formed in 1969 by Keith Potger, formerly of the successful 1960s folk band The Seekers; Potger later took a back seat when Doyle joined Lyn Paul, Paul Layton and Marty Kristian for what aficionados would call the 'real' New Seekers."

 Melbourne Age, 28th October 2001.

New Seeker found joy in obscurity
by Larry Schwartz

 Record Buyer and Music Collector,
 January 2002 (published December 2001), page 27.

Record Buyer (January 2002).

New Seeker Doyle Dies
by Steve Liddle

A tribute to Peter Doyle, looking back at his career with the New Seekers and at his solo career after 1973.

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 Reading Evening Post, Friday, 7th December 2001.

Lyn seeking gold in panto

A short interview in which Lyn talked about:

I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing: "I think it's a boring song and I hope I never have to perform it again."

Pop music: "A lot of modern pop seems to my ears to have no melody ..."

Club and cabaret work: "I was getting tired of that area with all the travelling involved and having to sing the same old stuff."

Blood Brothers: "I really wanted 'Blood Brothers' although I ended up doing it for four straight years, which was really too long."

 Windsor Observer, Friday, 14th December 2001.

Lyn's turning into another world, page 30
by Clare Brotherwood

A short interview with Lyn Paul in which Lyn says she is "trying to get away from singing" to pursue an acting career.

Falling under the spell of the Windsor pantomime, page 31
by Clare Brotherwood

"Even though she only sings two or three songs, former 'New Seeker' Lyn Paul makes a striking impression as a fine and wonderfully musical Dick Whittington - as well as having a figure to die for ...

This year the Windsor pantomime certainly has plenty of 'WOW' factor - even though Lyn Paul can't teach Paul Daniels how to sing!"

 Advertising Age, 17th December 2001.

The fool on the hill

"`I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.' Thirty years ago, the folk / pop band the New Seekers sang this joyful Coke ode in an ad shot on an Italian hilltop with a cast of hundreds of lip-synching kids ..."

 Hounslow Guardian, 18th December 2001

Page from the Dick Whittington programme.
It's magic

"Paul Daniels is leading an all-star cast including Debbie McGee, Christopher Beeny, Lyn Paul and Trevor Bannister in Windsor Theatre Royal's panto, Dick Whittington, this Christmas."

 The Stage, Thursday, 20th December 2001, page 22.

Dick Whittington

by Tony Cooke

"And where the cast really is a cut above is in the quality of singing - Lyn Paul as Dick oozes class."

 Daily Post (Liverpool), 24th December 2001 page 12.

Shows galore as year promises music feast
by Philip Key

An article looking forward to "a year of musicals" at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

"Also back will be Willy Russell's Liverpool musical Blood Brothers in April starring Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone."

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