Our guest this week is Keith Potger. He is a self-taught musician, playing the banjo, 6 and 12 string guitars and keyboards. He is one of the founding members of The Seekers who gained a worldwide following in the 1960s and in 2012 all four original members celebrated 50 years of The Seekers, a feat equalled by no other group in the world. They were Australians of the Year in 1967, the only group to receive such an honour and in 2014 they were individually invested as Officers of the Order of Australia, which is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large. The Seekers are renowned for outselling the Beatles and The Rolling Stones and hold the record for the greatest attendance at a concert in the Southern Hemisphere, with an estimated crowd of 200,000 during their homecoming tour at the Myer Music Bowl.
In this episode we chat with Keith about his early life in Colombo, Sri Lanka, his family’s move to Australia and his time as a member of The Seekers.
Excerpt from Australia’s Amateur Hour by kind permission of the National Film And Sound Archive of Australia.