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Folk icon Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, dies aged 79

Folk music icon and much-loved Australian entertainer Judith Durham has died aged 79.

Ms Durham made her first recording at 19 and later achieved worldwide fame as the lead singer of The Seekers after joining the group in 1963.

The trio became the first Australian group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States, selling 50 million records.

Ms Durham began a solo career in 1968 but recorded with The Seekers again in the 1990s.

In 2015, she was honoured as Victorian of the Year.

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