MELODIC pop group The New Seekers were at the very top of their game in the early 1970's with number one hit 'I'd like to teach the world to sing' and placed second in the annual Eurovision Song Contest - missing first place by one point.
Huge success with a string of hits meant group members, lead singers Eve Graham and Lyn Paul and Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton, garnered fans of all ages across the globe.
Despite several changes in line up over the years, the group are still rocking and performing their greatest hits including a highly successful UK tour in 2007 which saw the group celebrate the 35th anniversary of their biggest hit single ' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing'.
Currently touring theatres with their In Perfect Harmony Tour from March to November, and with a new studio album currently being recorded, we caught up with original New Seeker Paul Layton (pictured far left) for a chat.
Just off the golf course, a relaxed Paul was happy to talk about the cur
rent tour which includes a gig at the Artrix theatre in Bromsgrove on Saturday (June 14). Asked if the group performed all of the band's hits during the tour, a clearly still enthusiastic Paul said:
"Absolutely. They are a major part of the act. We do other material as well from the 70's. We also pay tribute to the Bee Gees - Maurice Gibb was a friend- with some songs. I am a big fan of the Bee Gees.
"We began touring again in earnest in 2006, so this is our third year. We recorded the first year's tour which is on CD. Mick and I are recording new material currently and we hope to have an album out at the end of the year. Hopefully it will appeal to existing fans and to new fans."
The band's halcyon days of the
70's came to an end proper between 1974 and 1976 with Paul and Marti Kristian staying together and forming a new group with a third musician. However pressure from fans soon ensured the New Seekers were reformed and with varying line ups, and the group hit the road again.
Married to Patricia and with two children, Lucy, an aspiring singer (www.myspace.com/laytonofficial) and Jack, a university student, is Paul still enjoying touring?
"Yes. We have been all over the world, and in Hong Kong we had 10 number one's."
So what is the original New Seeker's favourite hit from the group's repertoire?
"It was a big hit in the States-'Pinball Wizard'. The New Seekers went Top 20 with that."
Fans can catch the New Seekers on Saturday (June 14) at the Artrix. Call 01527 577330 to book tickets. ..SUPL: