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New Seekers

These pages provide a brief history of the New Seekers (line-up by line-up) with links to biographies and career profiles of the group members and the team behind the scenes. Click on the name of a band member to find out more.

Vivien Banks
Chris Barrington
Peter Doyle
Brian Engel
Danny Finn
Mick Flinn
Eve Graham
Sally Graham
Mark Hankins
Laurie Heath

Vikki James
Donna Jones
Nicola Kerr
Marty Kristian
Paul Layton
Peter Oliver
Keith Potger
Kathy Ann Rae
Francine Rees
Caitriona Walsh

There are also discographies listing the New Seekers' singles, albums, videos and DVDs as well as the group's television appearances on Top Of The Pops.

Singles
Albums
Compilation Albums
Song By Song

Collectors' Items
Fan Clubs
Television
Top Of The Pops
Videos / DVDs


Line-ups


From 1969 through to the present day the New Seekers have been through many line-ups. As one journalist put it: "Over the years, the group have seen more changes to their line-up than the Chelsea football team". The glory years came between 1970-74 and the line-ups that people remember most fondly are those that featured Lyn Paul, Peter Doyle, Peter Oliver and Eve Graham.

To find out more about each incarnation of the group click on the years listed in the table below.


1969 Marty, Eve, Chris, Sally, Laurie
1970-73 Marty, Eve, Paul, Lyn, Peter Doyle
1973-74 Marty, Eve, Paul, Lyn, Peter Oliver
1976-78 Marty, Eve, Paul, Kathy, Danny
1978 Marty, Vivien, Paul, Kathy, Brian
1978-79 Marty, Nicola, Paul, Kathy, Brian
1979-80 Marty, Nicola, Paul, Caitriona, Brian
1980-81 Marty, Donna, Paul, Kathy (part-time), Brian
1981-83 Marty, Donna, Paul, Kathy (part-time), Mick
1984 ... Marty, Donna, Paul, Jilly (part-time), Mick
1990-2001 Marty, Donna, Paul, Vikki, Mick
2002 ... Mark, Donna, Paul, Issy (temporary) / Fran, Mick

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1969
1970


In Print

1970


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Holiday Startime
Great Yarmouth




Meet My Lord (Netherlands single cover).

New Seekers
Meet My Lord / Zarzis
(Netherlands
single cover).



What Have They Done To My Song, Ma (Norwegian single cover).

New Seekers
What Have They Done
To My Song, Ma /
It's A Beautiful Day

(Norwegian
single cover)


1969-70

Chris Barrington
Eve Graham
Sally Graham
Laurie Heath
Marty Kristian


Marty Kristian in 1969.

Formed by ex-Seeker Keith Potger, the New Seekers were originally intended as Seekers sound-alikes. In an interview for the New Musical Express in October 1969, Keith Potger told Jan Nesbit how he put the group together:

"I tried the agencies and advertised in 'NME' and 'The Stage'. I found Laurie, who played guitar. He had a friend Chris, who played bass guitar. Then Chris got in touch with a friend he'd made in Australia, Marty Kristian, who was a big teenage star over there ... By the end of May I'd found three boys but it was very difficult to find two girls who looked right together and who sounded right. Then after three months of looking they both turned up on the same weekend and both with the same surname!" [Eve Graham and Sally Graham] (New Musical Express, 18th October 1969, page 14)

The group's first live appearance was at the Bournemouth Pavilion on 17th August 1969, just a day after their first TV appearance on the Frankie Howerd Show. The New Seekers' début single, Meet My Lord, was released in October, followed in January 1970 by their first album, The New Seekers. The single and the album had a folk flavour to them. They were both produced by Keith Potger and were very much in the style of the original Seekers. Neither made any impact on the charts.

When the New Seekers returned to the recording studios in the spring of 1970, they began working with a new producer, David Mackay, who took on the task of giving the group a new style and sound of its own. The result was a second album, Keith Potger & The New Seekers and a single, What Have They Done To My Song, Ma, which would provide the group with it's breakthrough hit.

However, only two members of the original line-up, Marty Kristian and Eve Graham, stayed with the group long enough to enjoy the success that was on its way. In June, shortly after the New Seekers had begun a Summer Season in Great Yarmouth, Chris Barrington, Sally Graham and Laurie Heath, all quit the group.


Eve Graham in 1969.


Above: Marty Kristian pictured on the sleeve of the New Seekers' first album.

Left: Eve Graham pictured on the sleeve of the New Seekers' first album.


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1970
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1970
1971
1972
1973


In Print:
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Neil Diamond

Empire Theatre
Sunderland


New Seekers'
1971 UK tour


New Seekers'
1972 UK tour


New Seekers'
1972 tour of
Australia
and
New Zealand


New Seekers'
1973 UK tour



What Have They Done To My Song, Ma? (EP cover).

New Seekers
What Have They Done
To My Song, Ma?

(EP cover).



I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (single cover).

New Seekers
I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing
(In Perfect Harmony)

(German
single cover).



Beg, Steal Or Borrow (single cover).

New Seekers
Beg, Steal Or Borrow.
(UK single cover).



Circles (single cover).

New Seekers
Circles
(single cover)


1970-73

Peter Doyle
Eve Graham
Marty Kristian
Paul Layton
Lyn Paul


Lyn Paul in 1970.

The "real" New Seekers were born when Lyn Paul, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton joined the group. Keith Potger sang on the new line-up's first album but took a back seat as the group became successful. Much like John and Michie from The Mamas and The Papas, the new line-up of the New Seekers got 'kind of itchy to leave folk music behind." By the time they recorded their next album, Beautiful People they had developed their own sound and their own identity.

The New Seekers had their first big hit in the USA in October 1970 with a Melanie Safka song, What Have They Done To My Song, Ma. They flew out to the States, where they appeared on television with Ed Sullivan and Andy Williams. Between February and April 1971 the New Seekers undertook a full-scale concert tour of the USA, returning to the UK to support Neil Diamond at the Royal Festival Hall and to top the bill at the London Palladium. It was at this point that the New Seekers made their big breakthrough in Britain, scoring their first UK hit with Delaney Bramlett's Never Ending Song Of Love. Worldwide fame followed shortly after this when a song the New Seekers had originally recorded as a Coca-Cola commercial, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, sold by the million.


Above: Lyn Paul pictured on the sleeve of the album Keith Potger and the New Seekers.

Left: Keith Potger pictured on the sleeve of the same album.


Keith Potger.

1972 was to be their year! They began it by spending 4 weeks at number 1 in the UK with I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. The group then represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with Beg, Steal Or Borrow. The song came second and the single reached number 2 in the UK charts (it was only kept off the top spot by Nilsson's classic Without You). Immediately after Eurovision the New Seekers embarked on a massive nationwide tour of the UK, which culminated in a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The concert was recorded and released as a double album and (years later) as a video and DVD. Meanwhile the hit singles kept coming. Circles reached number 4 in July and Come Softly To Me made it into the Top 20 before the end of the year.

In 1973 things started to go wrong. The year had started well, with the New Seekers playing for President Nixon at his Inauguration Ball. This was followed by another hugely successful UK Tour. The New Seekers, however, failed to make it into the charts as consistently as they had the previous year. Their single Pinball Wizard / See Me, Feel Me (taken from Pete Townshend's rock opera Tommy) made it to number 16 in the UK and to number 29 in the States. The follow-up, Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You), made it only as high as number 34 in the UK and was not released in the USA. Then came the news that Peter Doyle was to quit the group. He departed as the New Seekers released an aptly-titled single, Goodbye Is Just Another Word.



New Seekers In Concert (programme cover).

New Seekers' tour programme (New Zealand)
Pictured (left to right): Marty Kristian, Eve Graham, Peter Doyle, Paul Layton and Lyn Paul.

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1973
1974


In Print

1973
1974


In Print:
programmes

New Seekers'
Show Souvenir


New Seekers'
Farewell Tour
programme



We've Got To Do It Now (single cover).

New Seekers
We've Got To Do It Now
(German
single cover).



You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me (single cover).

New Seekers
You Won't Find
Another Fool Like Me

(German
single cover).



I Get A Little Sentimental Over You (single cover).

New Seekers
I Get A Little
Sentimental Over You

(Yugoslavian
single cover).

1973-74

Eve Graham
Marty Kristian
Paul Layton
Lyn Paul
Peter Oliver


The New Seekers line-up featuring Peter Oliver.

Peter Oliver was drafted in as Peter Doyle's replacement. Having been chosen from over 200 applicants by the New Seekers' Manager, David Joseph, Peter flew out to Los Angeles in June 1973 to meet the rest of the group. His first performance with the New Seekers was at Disneyland. This was followed by a Season in Las Vagas and a US tour supporting Liza Minnelli.

This line-up of the New Seekers had two Top 10 singles in the UK - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me and I Get A Little Sentimental Over You. Both featured Lyn Paul on lead vocal and both were included on the group's album Together.

The title of the album belied the events that were taking place behind the scenes. Peter Oliver had not been with the New Seekers for more than six months when Eve Graham and Lyn Paul announced that they wanted to leave. The news was broken to the press in February 1974.

The group split up in May, following a gruelling stint 'on the road' - three weeks at the Talk of the Town (4th-23rd March), followed by a sell-out Farewell Tour of the UK and two final weeks of cabaret in Wakefield (6th-11th May) and Liverpool (12th-18th May).

The Farewell Tour lasted six weeks and took the New Seekers across the whole of the UK, kicking off on 25th March at the Granada, Sutton and winding up on 5th May at the Rainbow Theatre, London.

The New Seekers' final performances at the Shakespeare Theatre Club, Liverpool, became the subject of a Court case between GTO Productions Ltd. and New Seekers Ltd., a company formed to promote the activities of the group. In a Law Report published on 16th May, The Times newspaper reported that a recording agreement dating from 12th May 1972, which was due to continue until February 1975, gave GTO "the right to record the performances of the group and sell the records made " The report continued: "Unfortunately by March, 1974, there were differences of opinion. A management agreement between New Seekers Ltd. and GTO Management Ltd. was cancelled; but no such cancellation applied to the recording agreement."

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Farewell Tour programme.

New Seekers' Farewell Tour programme
Pictured (left to right): Marty Kristian, Eve Graham, Paul Layton,
Lyn Paul and Peter Oliver.


Who said that?

Folk Music

All music is folk music. I ain't heard no horse sing a song.
Louis Armstrong


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