Ever wondered what happened to the stars of yesteryear? We take a look at the life of one of The New Seekers singers.
She was the lady who – with her bandmates – taught the world to sing and now at the age of 75, Eve Graham of the New Seekers is still recording music. Evelyn May Beatson was born in 1943 in Auchterarder, a little town north of the Ochil Hills in Perth, Scotland. But it wasn’t long until she had grown too big for her small-town roots as she began touring Scotland as a singer with the band the Cyclones and then with the Cyril Stapleton Band, based in London. Shortly after, she became founding member of The Nocturns, originally alongside Sandra Stevens (from the Brotherhood of Man) before she moved on in 1969 to be a founding part of The New Seekers for whom she was lead singer on most of their hits.
By the early Seventies, Eve had hit international fame as The New Seekers were the clean-cut super group on everybody’s lips. Their song, I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing made it to No.1. It then hit stratospheric heights of success a second time when a re-worded version of the song was used in the Coca-Cola ad. Meanwhile, in 1972 they made it to second place in the Eurovision Song Contest with Beg, Steal or Borrow.
“We always had top quality songs from the best writers such as Neil Sedaka and Neil Diamond,” Eve says. “We worked with other artists, too, like Liza Minelli, Dionne Warwick and Andy Williams which was fantastic. “We had a great following. When we were in Edinburgh for Eurovision, fans were thronging Princess Street and the riot squad had to be called! After the contest, we played a concert in Newcastle and our car was rocked by fans pushing against it, so guys had to be hired out to protect us.”
As well as fame, The New Seekers brought Eve love as she married Kevin Finn, a member of the band often known as ‘Danny’ who had replaced Peter Doyle in the band’s second incarnation in 1976. From 1978-1985, Eve and Kevin performed together, releasing two singles and touring with Gene Pitney and Max Boyce.
Over more recent years, a number of special projects have brought Eve out of retirement, including two new albums for the Scotdisc label in 2005 and 2006 and a tour of New Zealand in 2012. “It seems ridiculous to me that I’m still working at 75,” says Eve.
“I remember turning 30 when I was in The New Seekers and thinking, ‘it’s time I packed this in – it’s not what a mature woman should be doing,’ she laughs.
For Eve, a big motivation is to keep busy following the tragic death of her beloved Kevin in 2016. She still lives in the beautiful cottage in Abernethy the couple shared with their Lhasa Apso dogs, who she says are like the children they sadly never had.
- Eve Graham will be going on tour from September in the Celtic Country Show. See below for tour dates and booking numbers.
12-Sep-18 TOWN HALL BIRMINGHAM 0121 780 3333
13-Sep-18 PLAYHOUSE HARLOW 01279 431945
14-Sep-18 SPA THEATRE BRIDLINGTON 01262 678258
16-Sep WHITE ROCK HASTINGS 01424 462288
17-Sep ALBANS ARENA ST ALBANS 01727 844488
18-Sep TIVOLI THEATRE WIMBORNE 01202 885566
19-Sep PAVILION WEYMOUTH 01305 783225
20-Sep GRAND THEATRE SWANSEA 01792 475715
21-Sep HAZLITT THEATRE MAIDSTONE 01622 758611
17-Oct PAVILION RHYL 01745 330000
18-Oct GORDON CRAIG THEATRE STEVENAGE 01438 363200
19-Oct WINDING WHEEL CHESTERFIELD 01246 345 222
20-Oct MARINA THEATRE LOWESTOFT 01502 533200
21-Oct CHEQUERMEAD EAST GRINSTEAD 01342 302000
22-Oct PHILHARMONIC HALL LIVERPOOL 0151 709 3789
23-Oct TYNE THEATRE Newcastle Upon Tyne 0844 249 1000
24-Oct BATHS HALL SCUNTHROPE 0844 8542776
25-Oct BECKS THEATRE HAYES 020 8561 8371
26-Oct PRINCESS THEATRE HUNSTANTON 01485 532252
27-Oct CIVIC THEATRE ROTHERHAM 01709 823621
28-Oct PALACE THEATRE NEWARK 01636 655 755
30-Oct BLACKWOOD MINERS INSTITUTE CAERPHILLY 01495 227206
31-Oct PLAYHOUSE THEATRE WESTON SUPER MARE 01934 645544
01-Nov GATEHOUSE THEATRE STAFFORD 01785 619080
02-Nov ARTRIX BROMSGROVE 01527 577330
03-Nov WESTCLIFF THEATRE CLACTON 01255 433344
04-Nov GROVE THEATRE DUNSTABLE 01582 60 20 80