The New Seekers released 29 singles in the UK. Lyn Paul sings on 16 of them, including all six of their Top 10 hits.
Most of the singles from the New Seekers' hey day were also released in the USA, Europe, the Far East and Australia. However, these singles appeared on different record labels from the UK releases: early US releases were on Elektra, later ones on MGM / Verve; European releases were on Philips. Some featured different tracks on the B-side and a few were not released in the UK at all. To find out more about the New Seekers' singles releases in different parts of the world, select one of the following options:
Although the New Seekers had more hit singles in the UK, the group's first chart success came in the United States. On 5th September 1970 the New Seekers' cover of Melanie's What Have They Done To My Song, Ma entered the Billboard Hot 100, a month ahead of its entry in the UK chart. On their first three hits (all of which were written by Melanie) the group was billed as the "New Seekers featuring Eve Graham".
From 1970-73 the New Seekers spent a great deal of their time touring the United States. They were even popular with President Nixon, who requested that the group perform at his Inauguration at the Kennedy Center, Washington (18th January 1973). It was the first time that an act from outside the USA had been invited to perform at a Presidential Inauguration.
New Seekers Dance Dance Dance (sheet music).
Pictured (left to right): Peter Doyle, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Eve Graham and Paul Layton.
New Seekers Come Softly To Me
(US single cover)
Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma / It's A Beautiful Day
Elektra EK 45699
Note: although When There's No Love Left was originally chosen as the A-side of this single, it was actually the B-side (another Melanie song) that took it into the US chart.
Other notable B-sides turned A include: Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody;Shadows, Apache;Sonny and Cher, I Got You Babe;Rod Stewart,Maggie Mae.
On Friday, 15th August 1969 Melanie's performance of Beautiful People had been one of the highlights of the Woodstock Festival. She went on stage at 10.50pm, having been asked to stand in for the Incredible String Band, who had refused to play while it was raining. While she was singing the audience lit up candles, a moment she later captured in the song Lay Down (Candles In The Rain).
Unlike the other Melanie songs covered by the New Seekers, Nickel Song was sent to the group by Melanie before she recorded her own version. Melanie's version was released in 1972 with What Have They Done To My Song, Ma on the B-side (Buddah 268). The single, effectively a double A-side, reached number 35 and spent 10 weeks on the Hot 100.
The Hillside Singers cover version of I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing beat the New Seekers' original into the Hot 100 by a week, entering the chart on 27th November 1971. The New Seekers, however, ended up having the bigger hit.
Beg, Steal Or Borrow became one of the few UK entires in the Eurovision Song Contest to make it into the US Hot 100. Prior to this the only two of the UK's Eurovision entries had registered on the US singles chart - and then, only just: Say Wonderful Things by Ronnie Carroll (No. 91 in 1963) and Congratulations by Cliff Richard (No. 99 in 1968). Shortly after the New Seekers had made it into the chart with Beg, Steal Or Borrow, Mary Hopkin also crept into the Hot 100 with her 1970 Eurovision entry Knock Knock, Who's There (No. 92 in September 1972).
The Who had a US hit with Pinball Wizard in April 1969 (No. 19) and another US hit with See Me, Feel Me in September 1970 (No. 12). The New Seekers, with their medley of the two songs, became the first act to cover US hits by The Who and have a Stateside hit of their own. Although Rod Stewart's and Elton John's versions of Pinball Wizard received a lot of radio airplay in the States, neither version was released as a single.