The Seekers legendary singer Judith Durham co-wrote the lead song off her new album ‘So Much More’ with Adam Thompson of Chocolate Starfish.
‘So Much More’ is a collection of 14 previously unreleased Judith Durham songs. The album was released to mark Judith’s 75th birthday. It debuted at number one of Australia’s ARIA Jazz chart.
“It was a blessing to be on that and have an association with an icon like Judith,” Adam Thompson told Noise11.com.
“My manager at the time John Kovac had suggested that I co-write which essentially was to do some work for The Seekers ‘Future Road’ album,” Judith Durham tells Noise11.
“Yes, it came about through John Kovac,” Adam says. “Judith had commented I had a voice she’d like to sing with. She turned up at one of our shows at Crown to see us sing. Being the cheeky bloke I am I said “jump up and do Georgy Girl with us” so she did. About six months after that we were in Los Angeles and she was there too”.
Judith said, “I was sent over to America for a month where it was set up that I would be writing with several different people. Adam and I were given each others phone numbers. We were in my hotel room. I was given a keyboard to use while I was there. I was also writing with Russ Kunkel. I think Adam had a tape machine and he was able to get the melody down. It was all done in one day”.
Adam explains, “I had started writing this lullaby. I took it to her. I said “I have this song. Its called ‘You Are My Star’. I haven’t really fleshed out the verse and what I want to say. We started to work on it, demoed it, and it was something that resonated with her and it went on her album and became the first single.
‘So Much More’ is Judith’s second number one of 2018. In April, ‘The Seekers – The Legendary Television Specials’ was released on DVD. It featured the three TV specials, ‘The Seekers – The Legendary Television Specials’ features ‘The Seekers At Home’ (1965), ‘The Seekers Down Under’ (1967) and ‘The World of The Seekers’ (1968).
The DVD also debuted at number one in Australia.
The Seekers have not performed together since November 2014. The 2014 50th Anniversary tour included their first UK shows since 1968.
Judith’s ‘So Much More’ and The Seekers – The Legendary Television Specials’ can be ordered from Songland Records.