The man who sang I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, speaker Marty Kristian recounts his life with The New Seekers. He shares his encounters with other celebrities and royalty and the ups, the downs, the highs and the disappointments of show business.
About Marty Kristian
Marty talks feature some previously unseen pictures and videos, peppered with an array of humorous anecdotes… He has even been known to sing a song or two with his guitar on occasions. He studied architecture at Melbourne University in the 60’s but dropped out to pursue a singing career in Australia. This led him to work his passage to England on The Fair Star as an entertainer. Coincidentally following in the footsteps of ‘The Seekers’, who also worked their passage on the sister ship ‘The Fair Sky’.
Marty Kristian became a founder member of The New Seekers a vocal harmony group who enjoyed enormous worldwide success in the early 70’s. Their biggest hit was ‘I’d like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony’ which reached number 1 across the globe selling in excess of 7.5 million copies.
Marty Kristian and New Seekers appeared in front of Her Majesty the queen at The Royal Command Performance. They Represented the U.K. in the Eurovision song contest in 1972 coming second by a few votes with the hit ‘Beg Steal Or Borrow’.
The New Seekers were regulars on Top Of the Pops performed on all the variety shows of the day including the legendary Morecambe & Wise Christmas special. They toured all over the world and have to admit were even invited to sing at President Nixon’s inauguration. They had Numerous no 1 and top 10 hits totalling 36million sales .
They included songs such as I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing , Never Ending song Of Love, Beg Steal Or Borrow’ Circles’ Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma,’ ‘I get A Little Sentimental Over You’, ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’ to name a few.
TALK 1 “ I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING “
This talk begins with an introduction to the 60’s and 70’s discussing the music and fashions of the day and a brief resume of who the NEW SEEKERS were with brief video clips of some of our hits.
Recount the popularity of the SEEKERS with Judith Durham and discuss their eventual demise and the subsequent birth of “THE NEW SEEKERS” .
- Coming to England – almost joining cast of “HAIR – How New Seekers came together – audition – management – personalities – the story behind our first hit.
- Success with number one records .
- Representing U.K in the Eurovision song contest and coming second by a couple of points .
- The highs and lows we experienced – classic show business stories.
- Meeting Royalty and performing in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Concert.
- Top of the Pops and performance on all U.K variety shows including the legendary Morecombe & Wise Christmas special.
- America – Shows & TV – even performing at Nixon’s inauguration .
- Recording the peace anthem of the 70’s “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing “ which sold 7.5 million records and the story of the Coca Cola jingle.
TALK 2 IN PERFECT HARMONY- OR WAS IT?
The talk begins with a very brief resume of the Hits and who the NEW SEEKERS were for those that may have missed the first talk
Marty’s early years and journey into show business – winning song contest -I eventually carved a career as a singer touring Australia.
The Go Show – Olivia Newton John, – Bee Gees and other famous personalities
Funny anecdotes performing in Australia.
Leaving university – First Hit record.
Meeting David Bowie’s manager Amusing David Bowie encounter
Meeting a Clairvoyant who predicted my future in minute detail.
Change of group members.
Success and the heady days – William Morris Agency – American & World tours.
The legendary Rip Off
Conflicting ambitions, personalities and interests within the group which ultimately led to its demise- new adventures and a positive outcome.
TALK 3 NEW SEEKERS – NEW HORIZONS
Recounting some of the amazing places we were able to see during our touring years.
Tour Manager – Las Vegas
Flying 3 near misses – ending with humorous story
Touring with other well known groups – video clips.
New Seekers encounter with Arab sheik
Leaving the group – “Around the world in 80 days” on Concorde as Philius Fogg & Paspertou – Ernie Wise as Phillius fogg and me as Paspertou
Art & Sculpture – Marty presenting his murals to the Queen Mother
Where are they now – brief resume of what happened to the definitive members and Marty’s ongoing journey.