Co-wrote the lyrics to the Seekers' song "Emerald City" using the pseudonym John Martin. It was not until many years later that he revealed to the rest of the group that he had written the song.
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He arrived in Australia when he was six years old. A member of the group, The Seekers, they had a Number 1 hit in the United States with the theme song for the film "Georgy Girl". Their first Number 1 hit, in Britain, was "I'll Never Find Another You".