It appears that The Seekers may have inadvertently been the very first act to make a music video at the Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 but in 1967, while still under construction, The Seekers made a music video for their hit song ‘Someday One Day’ on the site of the incomplete building.
Someday One Day
‘Someday One Day’ was written for The Seekers by their friend (and still yet to be superstar) Paul Simon. Paul also co-wrote another Seekers hit ‘Red Rubble Ball’ with The Seekers’ Bruce Woodley. The song was a global hit for The Cyrkle in 1967. Simon & Garfunkel never recorded a studio version of the song but eventually released the song in 1997 on their ‘Old Friends’ compilation from a 1967 concert.
While The Seekers may have been the first act to make a video at the Sydney Opera House they were not the first to perform on the site.
American baritone Paul Robeson is credited as the first person to perform at the Sydney Opera House site. Robeson (1898-1976) was on a two-month tour of Australia in 1960. While in Sydney he was asked by then Senator Bill Marrow to sing for the construction workers working on the Sydney Opera House during their lunch break.
Work had only commenced on the Sydney Opera House in 1959. The whole thing was captured for a television news service. This was just four years after television had started in Australia.
Paul Robeson Ol’ Man River
The Original Seekers will perform songs from ‘Back To Our Roots’ live around Australia in October and November.