Keith Potger Interview - Founding Member of The Seekers
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In the thirty-fifth episode of Vinyl Vibes, Jack is joined by Keith Potger, founding member of The Seekers. In the late 1950s Keith was in a group called The Trinamics and Athol Guy was in a group called The Ramblers. They would come together to form the Escorts. By 1962 the band was called The Seekers and they were looking for a female lead singer and thus Judith Durham became part of the group. By 1963, the group had done their first album Introducing The Seekers. This was the beginning to the iconic line-up of Keith on lead guitar, Athol Guy on double bass, Bruce Woodley on rhythm guitar and Judith Durham on lead vocals.
The group would sail to the UK in March 1964, and by year's end had their first number one hit "I'll Never Find Another You". This would make The Seekers Australia's biggest music group at the time. They would go on to have other hits such as "A World of Our Own" (Number two hit in Australia and Number 3 in the UK), "The Carnival Is Over" (Number one hit in Australia and the UK) and "Georgy Girl" (Number one in Australia and Number 3 in the UK). The Seekers broke up in 1968 but would reform many times in the succeeding decades.
More recently, Keith has released three solo albums, Secrets of the Heart (2004), Sunday (2007), and Smile Now (2010), and is currently working on a new album. As a solo artist, Keith is still touring.
Jack zoomed Keith to discuss his early music beginnings, the music of his childhood in Sri Lanka, his memories of his early years in Australia, the impact that rock and roll and doo-wop had on him, his time in The Trinamics, the formation of The Seekers, the recording of the band's first album Introducing The Seekers, his time at the ABC, the groups trip to the UK via ship, the over-night success the group had in the UK, the recording of "I'll Never Find Another You", Keith's iconic 12-string sound, the group's performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Tom Springfield's production work with the group, the group's 1965 tour of Australia, why "The Carnival is Over" is Keith's favourite Seekers song, Keith's solo work, and upcoming music projects.
"That was a three-hour session, we had to record the main song and the B-side in one session, and Judith was living with her sister at the time in London and she slept in - we were all at the studio - let's say it was 10 o'clock in the morning - and we were sort of wondering "Its 9:30 now! We re supposed to be warming up for session!" and we had to ring a taxi and Judith was really upset because she didn't want us to spend money on the taxi - "Oh no, I'll catch the train," and we said "No, bugger that, you'll get a taxi!" - Keith Potger on this episode of Vinyl Vibes talking about the recording session for I'll Never Find Another you
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