Washington, May 17 : She was a megastar in a band that sold 25 million records and had a list of acquaintances that ran from Paul McCartney to Henry Kissinger. So when Eve Graham, lead singer of 'The New Seekers', left the group to pursue a solo career 30 years ago, she had every hope of a glittering future. However, things didn't quite work out as she planned.
Proof that fortune does not always follow fame came on May 15, when Graham revealed that her dreams ended in tatters - and left her forced to take up a job fitting bras in Debenhams to make ends meet.
However, just as it seemed that the world was ready to forget her, Graham, 65, now living in Perthshire, Scotland, has been contacted by the producer of "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", David Mackay, about the possibility of making a new record.
"David and I are talking about doing traditional Scottish songs but in a way that would be more in keeping with the music we're both known for. I guess you haven't heard the last of me yet," The Independent quoted her, as saying.
When The New Seekers were at the height of their fame, they had five records in the American charts at the same time and played to packed stadiums across the world.
Their best-known song, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", adopted by Coca-Cola for its famous "Hilltop" advert, sold 96,000 copies in one day and recorded a total of 12 million sales.
But due to a contract dispute about her entitlement to the proceeds of further sales, Graham has not had a penny in royalties since 1973.
She left the band in 1978 and after trying to forge a solo career eventually decided in 2000 to find another career.
She said: "It's best not to dwell on the past. I don't get a penny when a New Seekers record sells and that can be irritating, but you can't let it rule your life. I thought I would retire up here but there are still good opportunities to make music.
"It got to the point when the agents weren't ringing and I needed to do something to pay the bills and get out of the house.
"I saw an advert for a vacancy at the branch of Debenhams in Colchester, close to where we were living then, and thought that would be good to try.
"I started as an assistant in womenswear and moved to the lingerie department. Then I became a qualified bra-fitter; a representative of a bra company offered me training. It was great work, making women feel good about themselves and how they looked. Everybody moves on from the different phases in their life."