Wilde World: Keith Potger

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

‘First solo Seeker’, exclaims the sleeve of Keith Potger’s ‘The world would never turn again’, and record companies are always right, of course. Australian pop-folk group The Seekers were founded in Melbourne in 1962 and enjoyed major chart and sales success in the UK and the USA throughout the Sixties. Their biggest hits were I’ll never find another you and The carnival is over. But in 1968, the Seekers disbanded, and founder member Keith Potger was quick to release his first solo single.

‘The world would never turn again’ was released in 1969, and the B-side was ‘Santa Marie’, a song written by Jack Gellar and Frere Manston – the latter being a pseudonym of Marty Wilde, of course. Contrary to the Seekers, Potger would never achieve chart success on his own. And ‘Santa Marie’ remained his only link with Marty Wilde throughout his career.

Listen to ‘Santa Marie’