Cruise Podcast 13 – Marty Kristian ‘taught the world to sing’ in The New Seekers

A celebrity guest who is often found on a ship somewhere at sea is Marty Kristian, with his wife Carol. He talks about his first cruise, which was on a ship from Australia to the UK, and how his duet partner Colin Cook missed the ship. They were late back from a day and night out in Lisbon, and while Colin took the hire car back, Marty asked the captain to be a mate and wait. You can find out what the captain said, and many more great tales in the podcast and video interview. In 1969 Marty became an original member of The New Seekers with Laurie Heath, Chris Barrington, Marty Kristian, Eve Graham and Sally Graham (girls not related). They released an album and a few singles that were not a hit, so the band broke up. Peter Doyle and Paul Leyton came in to keep The New Seekers going, but their first hit, Look What They’ve Done to my Song Ma… was actually the original 5. Marty tells more, from playing with David Bowie to now guesting on cruise ships and writing kids’ books which he has been known to sign on board the ships.

The video has been cut to a podcast so you can listen here.


One of the nicest guys to have come out of the 1970’s unforgettable music factory is Marty Kristian of the band THE NEW SEEKERS. In the 1970’s he was the one who every girl had pinned on the bedroom wall, the blond guy from The New Seekers who sang the Coca cola song! He moved to London from Australia in the late sixties working his passage on the ship the ‘Fair Trade’. He played with David Bowie and took over David’s room before becoming the founder member of The New Seekers. Somehow, he ended up with one of David Bowie’s shirts which he treasured until his wife Carol gave it to charity in a clear out! He was not pleased. Now he is a grandfather and the stories everyone has been telling him for years to put in print with his artwork are now available as children’s books. Walt ‘n Matilda will be released as children’s books this week. He will next be on a ship in October and will be explaining why it has taken all these years and a grandchild to put them together.

Marty toured the world, Coca-Cola took on the song I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing In Perfect Harmony and for a while all he knew was planes. hotels and playing gigs like Maddison Square Gardens with Michael Jackson. Marty is a regular favourite guest celebrity on Fred. Olsen, but this week on The Black Watch is an extra special treat. Marty’s wife, Carol, can’t make it so he is being partnered by Paul Leyton. Paul is the other remaining original male from the hit 1970’s band. Paul was originally with the Bee Gees before they were famous and before they were called the Bee Gees. Being with the Bee Gees Management, when they decided to go alone as a family group of three, Paul was placed in the newly forming New Seekers. We know Marty can pick up the guitar when doing his celeb spot, we know he is going to surprise the guests with Paul this week, but if Paul is persuaded to sing any of the early Bee Gees hits and you close your eyes, you will think you are listening to Barry Gibb. (April 2018). Big treat, wish we were there, but we do see them regularly in our local village – not that Marty sings for us!

img_0357There can be few stars who have seen such stardom, regularly appearing on Top Of The Pops and in the USA the ED Sullivan Show, Sonny & Cher Show, Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett and Andy Williams Show his career has spanned four decades. Shows like Morecambe and Wise, venues like Las Vegas. He hung up the guitar to spend time with his family. Now his two sons have grown up, the cruise circuit has persuaded him to come back, with his guitar, and just tell his stories and sing a little. He has been a celebrity guest for P&O, Fred Olsen and SAGA with an arsenal of insights and humorous anecdotes. He mainly works for Fred Olsen now and is often featured in their brochures. He has met Henry Kissinger, The Beatles, Olivia Newton-John, Queen the band and the real Queen Mother who attended the opening of one of his murals. Marty truly is an unforgettable artist who writes songs, sings, paints, sculpts and genuinely has many many stories to tell.


1978-small-new-seekersThis amazing journey is a period of musical history with many hits including Beg Steal or Borrow, You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, Circles and Never Ending Song Of Love which makes Marty one of the real music greats, who we are pleased to call a friend. Here he is pictured with Cathy who is sadly no longer with us, and Paul Layton; three of the New Seekers. They are being interviewed live on stage at the Tyneside Summer Exhibition in Newcastle, 1978 by Metro Radio DJ Stuart St Paul who is also on the cruise circuit telling those old stories; he works for P&O. The three men are still friends to this day and still play golf together regularly and are all members of the Stage Golfing Society as are the Eric and Ernie tribute who play the Britannia and many others. Marty loves the Adriatic and beyond and cruises with his wife Carol.

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