The Seekers will receive the coveted Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music at the 2013 APRA Music Awards on June 17.
The Ted Albert Award honours people who have made a significant contribution to shaping and developing the Australian music landscape.
In a statement, APRA/AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle said, “Surely no other Australian act has had such enormous international appeal while retaining its unadorned sense of ‘Australianness’. The Seekers really put Australian music on the map: a succession of Top 5 hits around the world, including three UK number ones, all achieved at the height of the popularity of The Beatles, The Stones, The Beach Boys and Motown. The Seekers often outsold them all. And 50 years later the music sounds every bit as great as it did then. ”
The Seekers are the only significant internationally successful band left in the world today still featuring all of its original members.
The Seekers formed in Melbourne in 1962 and were Australia’s first band to crack both the USA and UK chart simultaneously. Their hits included ‘Georgy Girl’, ‘The Carnival Is Over’, ‘A World Of Our Own’ and ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’.
“Over the past 50 years, we’ve been the proud recipients of many awards from all over the world, but recognition in our own country has always meant a great deal to us,” The Seekers said in a statement. “We are truly honoured to receive the Ted Albert Award, named after such a legendary and iconic figure in the Australian music industry.”
The 2013 APRA Music Awards will be announced on June 17 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.