Full Name: Bruce William Woodley

Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Banjoist and Mandolinist, Composer, Australia

Known For: Member of “The Seekers”

Instruments: Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin

Music Styles: Popular

Date Born: 25th July 1942
Location Born: Melbourne, Saudi Arabia

Web Site: Songwriters Spea – Official website

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Bruce Woodley

An Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjo and mandolin-player.

Bruce William Woodley, AO (born 25 July 1942), is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. He was a founding member of the successful pop-folk group the Seekers, and co-composer of the song “I Am Australian”. Woodley attended Melbourne High School with fellow Seekers, Athol Guy and Keith Potger.

He was a founding member of the successful pop-folk group The Seekers, and co-composer of the anthemic song “I Am Australian”.

Woodley attended Melbourne Boys’ High School with fellow Seekers, Athol Guy and Keith Potger, and is an esteemed Old Boy.

Bruce Woodley had a ‘residency’ performing at the Treble Clef restaurant in Prahran. With former schoolmates, Athol Guy and Keith Potger, he formed a folk music trio, The Escorts, in the early 1960s.

With the arrival of vocalist Judith Durham in 1962 they became The Seekers, which had some success in Australia before travelling to London in 1964 and recording four international hit singles written and produced by Tom Springfield.

Woodley played guitar, banjo, and mandolin, as well as one of the four-part vocal harmony, and was the chief songwriter.

While Durham sang the majority of lead vocals for the group, Woodley usually handled the male lead vocals, including a number of album tracks. The Seekers first disbanded in 1968.

During 1965, while in London, Woodley met Paul Simon, just prior to the success of Simon and Garfunkel.

Simon and Woodley co-wrote the million-selling “Red Rubber Ball”—later a #1 hit for US group The Cyrkle.

Simon and Garfunkel’s hit 1966 LP Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme—the only Simon and Woodley song to appear on both group’s album.

Woodley’s relationship with Simon had deteriorated and Woodley later struggled to get his share of the royalties—his songwriting credit on “Cloudy” was omitted from the release of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

Bruce’s first solo venture was a production company called Pennywheel, which saw him release a number of products for children, including a “Build an Alphabet” set of blocks and the 1969 EP & board book “Friday St. Fantasy”.

In 1969 Bruce headed off to America to sell the songs he’d been writing, and was to remain there for several years.

During this period he collaborated with a number of writers including John Farrar and Australian folk singer Hans Poulsen. Their composition “Boom-Sha-La-La-Lo” became a hit for Poulsen.

Woodley reunited with the Seekers, composed of fellow original members Athol Guy and Keith Potger, and 23 year old Dutch-born Louisa Wisseling (a semi-professional folk singer formerly with Melbourne band The Settlers).

In a February 1975 newspaper article about the group’s reunion, Louisa revealed that Bruce had approached her at a 1974 Settlers concert at Ferntree Gully’s Swagman Restaurant with an offer to join the group, and she originally turned him down.

In 1977 Bruce left the group and was replaced by Buddy England. He continued to focus on song-writing and advertising, producing many TV jingles.

1987 saw Bruce involved in the preparations for the Australian Bicentenary, and the release of an Australian-themed double album, songbook and cassette tape, featuring covers of traditional songs and some of Bruce’s own compositions.

The set was called I Am Australian.

The following year he reunited with The Seekers, this time featuring Julie Anthony as the lead vocalist, to perform “The Carnival is Over” at Expo ’88 and a musical about the Seekers’ journey.

When original vocalist Judith Durham returned to the Seekers fold in late 1992 for the group’s 25 Year Silver Jubilee, the theme song and CD-Single of the reunion was Bruce’s composition “Keep A Dream in Your Pocket”.

A 1993 live album and DVD followed, featuring many of the group’s hits and a song which would become one of their best known, Woodley’s “I Am Australian”.

The success of “I Am Australian” took Woodley completely by surprise. In 1991 he performed it with Karen and the Australian Children’s Choir on a televised drought appeal, featuring a new, drought themed verse which has not appeared on other recordings.

“I Am Australian” has featured in all Woodley’s solo tours and all Seekers tours since the reunion with Judith Durham; in 2000 the Seekers performed a condensed version at the televised Australia Day concert.

He has since recorded an ANZAC themed version of “I am Australian”, titled “The Anzac Song”, and appeared on Melbourne radio advertising the release of a CD-Single several weeks before Anzac Day in 2005.

Songs by Bruce Woodley

“Amazing (The Seekers song)” – Bruce Woodley M Christiano
“Angeline Is Always Friday” 1967 Bruce Woodley Tom Paxton
“Chase a Rainbow” (Follow Your Dream) 1967 Bruce Woodley —
Songs by Bruce Woodley”Cloudy” 1967 Bruce Woodley Paul Simon
“Come the Day” 1966 Bruce Woodley —
“Don’t Tell Me My Mind” 1965 Bruce Woodley —
“I Am Australian” 1993 Bruce Woodley Dobe Newton
“I Wish You Could Be Here” 1966 Bruce Woodley Paul Simon
“Keep A Dream In Your Pocket” 1993 Bruce Woodley —
“Love Is Kind Love is Wine” 1967 Bruce Woodley —
“Rattler” 1967 Bruce Woodley —
“Red Rubber Ball” 1966 Bruce Woodley Paul Simon
“The Sad Cloud” 1967 Bruce Woodley —
“Time and Again” 1993 Bruce Woodley —
“Two Summers” 1965 Bruce Woodley