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These pages give details about those hard to find and sought after recordings which New Seekers' fans may want to collect, including releases on flexi disc, vinyl, cassette and CD. Some of CDs listed feature recordings made by members of the New Seekers before they joined the group.

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Collectors' Items: Coca-Cola jingles


The Buy The World A Coke ad was originally used as a radio commercial in the USA in 1970. It first aired as a TV commercial in 1971. Recorded on an Italian hilltop near Rome, it featured 200 young people clutching bottles of Coke and miming to the voices of the New Seekers. The ad made a big impact on the public and the Coca-Cola company was inundated with letters asking about the song. They released it as a single but radio stations were understandably reluctant to give free air time to a commercial. Sensing that they might have a huge hit on their hands, the New Seekers hastily re-recorded the song with amended lyrics. With all references to Coke now removed, the song went on to become a multi-million selling single - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing.

Twenty years later the ad was re-made, with many of the original cast reappearing on the famous hilltop with their children. Eve Graham recorded a new vocal and appeared on the ad with Linda Neary, who had mimed to Eve's vocal on the original 1971 ad.


Image from Atlanta City Directory, 1913 (page ).

Coca-Cola advertisement from the Atlanta City Directory, 1913
(image from Flickr Internet Archive Book Images).

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The "Hilltop" Ad:
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Buy The World A Coke


A "promo" single featuring the New Seekers' Buy The World A Coke on the A-side.

Side 1: New Seekers, Buy The World A Coke

Side 2: The Ivor Raymonde Orchestra, It's The Real Thing

Catalogue number: 45 CP 2601
Released: 1971


Buy The World A Coke (centre label).

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Coke Adds Life To Music
 


A single (solid vinyl) featuring three Coca-Cola commercials by the New Seekers, two by former New Seeker Peter Oliver and one by Lyn Paul and Peter Doyle.

Side 1: New Seekers, Buy The World A Coke | New Seekers, Good Times | Coke Adds Life To Travel | Lyn Paul and Peter Doyle, Sell A Million

Side 2: Coke Adds Life To Dancing | New Seekers, Look At The People | Peter Oliver, Join Me | Peter Oliver, It's All Right

Catalogue Number: Coca-Cola CC001
Released: 1977


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First Time / I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
Special Edition


A five-track 12 inch "promo" single released in the UK featuring two of Coca-Cola's most famous commercials - First Time by Robin Beck and the New Seekers' Buy The World A Coke. The 12 inch single also included the full-length hit singles dervied from the commercials.

Side 1: Robin Beck, First Time (Commercial) | Robin Beck, First Time (Single)

Side 2: New Seekers, Buy The World A Coke (Commercial) | New Seekers, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (Single) | Wendy MaGuire, General Assembly (Commercial)

Catalogue number: DC1
Released: 1988


First Time / I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (single cover).

First Time / I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
Special Edition (12" single cover)

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I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke
 


An EP (solid vinyl) featuring three of the New Seekers' singles along with the most famous of the group's Coca-Cola commercials.

Side 1: I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) | I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke

Side 2: What Have They Done To My Song, Ma | Nickel Song

Catalogue Number: Philips / Coca-Cola / fanfare
Released: Not stated


I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke (EP cover).

New Seekers
I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke (EP cover)

Pictured (left to right):
Peter Doyle, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Eve Graham and Paul Layton.

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It's The Real Song
 


A flexi-single featuring Coca-Cola commercials by various artists. The New Seekers perform the first three tracks on side 1 (kant 1). Although the fourth track, It's The Real Thing, is one that the New Seekers had recorded, on this single it is performed by the Fortunes.

Kant 1: Buy The World A Coke | Look At The People | Sell A Million | It's The Real Thing | Sing With Me

Kant 2: Travelling Souls Need Company | Good Times | Join Me | It's All Right | Beautiful Day

Released: No date given


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It's The Real Thing. Coke.
 


A single featuring three Coca-Cola commercials by the New Seekers, the best-known of which is the A-side Buy The World A Coke.

One of the other tracks on the Coca-Cola single was re-recorded by the New Seekers. The full length version of Little Bit Of Sunshine can be found on the album We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing under the title The World I Wish For You.

Tracks: Buy The World A Coke | Little Bit Of Sunshine | It's The Real Thing

Released: 1971


It's The Real Thing. Coke. (single signed by Lyn Paul Eve Graham, Marty Kristian and Peter Doyle). Exhibit at the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta.

New Seekers
It's The Real Thing. Coke.

Exhibit at the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, signed by
Lyn Paul, Eve Graham, Marty Kristian and Peter Doyle.

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TeeVee Toons (CD cover).

TeeVee Toons:
The Commercials
Vol. 1

(TVT 1400 CD)


TeeVee Toons: The Commercials Vol. 1
 


A compilation CD of well known US TV commercials featuring three ads for Coca-Cola. One of these is the New Seekers' I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke.

Tracks: Kellogg's Rice Krispies® • Snap Crackle Pop | Chiquita® Bananas • I'm A Chiquita Banana | Good & Plenty® • Choo Choo Charlie | Marshmallow Fluff® • If You Like Fluff Fluff Fluff | Mounds® And Almond Joy® Candy Bars • Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut | Hershey's® Chocolate Bars • There's Nothing Like The Face | Oreo® Chocolate Sandwich Cookies • Do You Know Exactly How | Cracker Jack® • Candy-Coated Popcorn, Peanuts And A Prize | Coca-Cola® • I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke | Coca-Cola® • It's The Real Thing |Coca-Cola® • Things Go Better With Coke | Pepsi Cola® • Come Alive | Dr. Pepper® • Be A Pepper | Rice-A-Roni® • The San Francisco Treat | Armour® Hot Dogs • The Dogs Kids Love To Bite | Hawaiian Punch® Fruit Punch • Fruit Juicy | Bosco® • I Love Bosco | Nestlés Quik® Chocolate Flavor • N-E-S-T-L-E-S | Slinky® • It's Slinky | Polaroid® Swinger • Meet The Swinger | Fab® Laundry Detergent • Oh Fab, I'm Glad | Ajax® Laundry Detergent • Stronger Than Dirt | Mr. Clean® All Purpose Cleaner • Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean | Ajax® Cleanser • Use Ajax The Foaming Cleanser | Ken-L-Ration® Dog And Puppy Food • My Dog's Better Than Your Dog | Meow Mix® Cat Food • Meow Meow Meow Meow | NYS Department Of Safety (PSA) • In The Middle In The Middle In The Middle | Budweiser® Beer • When You Say Bud | Lowenbrau® Beer • Here's To Good Friends | Miller High Life® • If You've Got The Time | Schaefer® Beer • Schaefer Is The One Beer To Have | Schlitz® Beer • When You're Out Of Schlitz | Colt 45® Malt Liquor • A Completely Unique Experience | Rheingold® Extra Dry Beer • My Beer Is Rheingold, The Dry Beer | Ballantine® Premium Lager Beer • Add A Ring | Ballantine® Premium Lager Beer • Hey Get Your Cold Beer | Kent® Cigarettes • To A Smoker It's A Kent | Winston® Cigarettes • Winston Tastes Good | Salem® Cigarettes • You Can Take Salem Out Of The Country | The Marlboro® Theme • Theme From 'The Magnificent 7' | Health PSA • Like Father, Like Son | Chevrolet® • See The U.S.A. In Your Chevrolet | Texaco® • Texaco Star Theme | Muriel® Cigars • Pick One Up And Smoke It Sometime | Muriel® Cigars • Hey, Big Spender | Brylcreem® • A Little Dab'll Do Ya | Dippity Do® Styling Gel • Dippity Do, Dippity Do | Noxzema® Shave Cream • The Stripper (Take It Off) | Gillette® Blue Blades • How're You Fixed For Blades | Gillette® Blue Blades • Look Sharp March | Old Spice® Long Lasting Cologne • The Mariner | Chock Full O' Nuts® Coffee • Chock Full O' Nuts Is That Heavenly Coffee | Sara Lee® • Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee | Alka Seltzer® Effervescent Antacid • Plop Plop Fizz Fizz | Alka Seltzer® Effervescent Antacid • The Shape Your Stomach's In

Catalogue number: TVT Records (TVT 1400 CD)
Released: 1989


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Trink Coca-Cola (single cover).

Trink Coca-Cola
(A-0621)


Trink Coka-Cola
 


A Coca-Cola "promo" for UNICEF released in Germany, featuring the New Seekers on the A-side.

Side 1: New Seekers, I´d Like To Buy The World A Coke

Side 2: Jay Five, Frischwärts-Song (March, Beat and Soul Version)

Catalogue number: Coca-Cola Company A-0621
Released: Date unknown


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