Peter joined the New Seekers the group had already been working
together for several months.
The first line up was formed in 1969 and consisted of Keith
Potger of the original Seekers, Eve Graham, Sally Graham, Chris
Barrington, Laurie Heath and Marty Kristian.
Their intention was to carry on where the old Seekers had
left off but it soon became obvious that the group was travelling
a different road. Sally,
Chris and Laurie left to form their own group, Milkwood, and their
places were taken in early 1970 by Lyn Paul, with whom Eve had
previously worked in the Nocturnes, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton.
line-up brought their own individual talents to the group and
they were soon established as a successful stage and cabaret act
with their blend of music, singing, dancing and comedy.
Before long, Keith Potger dropped out of the group to concentrate
on the management side of things.
April and May of 1970 the New Seekers were appearing at both the
Savoy Hotel and London Palladium and went on to a summer season
in Great Yarmouth.
was followed by a trip to the States to appear on the Ed Sullivan
Show. Their single, What
Have They Done to My Song Ma? achieved a moderate success
but became a big hit in the US.
Before the end of the year the New Seekers returned to
for a second appearance with Ed Sullivan and also played on the
Andy Williams Show. This
paved the way for a US
concert tour between February and April in 1971.
Back in Britain they
supported Neil Diamond at London's Royal Festival Hall and topped
the bill at the London Palladium.
Ending Song of Love
was a big summer hit for the group in 1971, reaching No. 2
on the BBC charts and staying there for 6 weeks.
On the 15th November
the New Seekers took part in the Royal Variety Show and performed
for the Queen.
were enlisted to join the long list of acts who
had made jingles for Coca-Cola and a number were made, three of
them destined to become songs for New Seeker members.
World I Wish For You found its way on to one of the group’s
Ought to Sell a Million became a single for Lyn with Peter
singing the backing in 1975 but I’d
Like to Teach The World To Sing gave the New Seekers their
biggest ever hit and at the end of 1971 it rocketed around the
New Seekers were still enjoying this success when they took part
in the Eurovision Song Contest.
This involved them in appearances on the Cliff Richard
Show, where they sang the selection of entries for the viewers
to choose and also took part in sketches.
The chosen entry was Beg,
Steal or Borrow with Peter and Lyn singing the lead parts.
The contest was held in Edinburgh
before an estimated world wide TV audience of 43 million and the
New Seekers entry took second place and provided the New Seekers
with another highly successful single.
contest was followed by a major British Tour including an appearance
at the Royal Albert Hall which provided
the group’s Live Album and was also recorded for television.
In recent years this has been released in both video and
now the New Seekers were collecting awards and gold and silver
discs by the armful. They
returned to the States to make a TV series called “WOW!” to be
shown whilst the Sonny and
Cher Show took a summer break and then it was back to the UK for
a month’s cabaret and to release their next single
Circles which went
to no 4 in the UK charts.
This was followed by
tours in Germany and the States when they also had their first
American recording sessions and a return to Britain in time to
take part in the BBC's 50th Birthday celebrations in October.
Different performers represented the different decades and
the New Seekers sang a medley of songs from the 1950's.
Then it was back to
the States for more appearances. November saw them touring
in New Zealand and Australia and Christmas saw them return to
the States for a season in Disneyland. At the beginning
of 1973 they performed at President Nixon's inaugural ball.
individual talents of the group started to be showcased in the
release of singles featuring firstly Marty on Come
Softly to Me and then Eve on Nevertheless.
Their next release proved to be another change of direction
Wizard/See Me, Feel Me provided them with another hit.
New Seekers had a heavy schedule and were living in a goldfish
bowl of publicity it was no wonder then that the pressures started
to show. Peter had
often admitted to feeling restless whilst with the group and at
the end of the next British tour in May 1973 he announced that
he was leaving.
Peter Oliver was chosen to replace him and Peter Doyle appeared
for the last time with the New Seekers on 15th June
months later the group broke up but reformed again in 1976.
The new line-up included Eve Graham, Marty Kristian and
Paul Layton. They
were joined by Danny Finn and Kathy Ann Rae.
Eve and Danny left in 1978 to get married and continued
to sing sometimes as a duo and sometimes separately until Eve
retired in 2000. The
group carried on and has continued to do so with various personnel
changes, some members leaving but making occasional later appearances
with the group.
(now Cathy Logan) is one such singer who has sung with the New
Seekers as recently as 2002 and Marty announced his retirement
early in 2003. Paul
is the last remaining New Seeker working with the group from Peter
Doyle’s years. Lyn
Paul is currently enjoying a career revival with parts in various
stage musicals and Peter Oliver continues to perform with bands
under his first name, Larry Oliver.