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Australian pop and rock singer, Doug Parkinson Is Dead

Australian pop and rock singer, Doug Parkinson, who led the band Strings and Things/A Sound from 1965 The Questions from 1966 and Doug Parkinson in Focus from 1968, Fanny Adams from 1971 and The Life Organisation from 1973 has reportedly passed away at the age of 74. He was reported to have died today March 15 2021 at his home.

His cause of death is not yet known at the time of filing this report.

Doug picked interest to become a musician when he was still at school. His first band Strings and Things, formed with the children of legendary test cricketer Sid Barnes, made a minor impact around Sydney in 1966.

By 1967 however, he had teamed up with some of Sydney’s best musical minds to form The Questions and began exploring the outer regions of psychedelic rock. Their first recordings established them as one of the more innovative and interesting acts in a rapidly evolving scene.

In 2001 he auditioned for and won the role of the Cowardly Lion in the multi-million dollar production of The Wizard Of Oz. It became a celebrated performance and together with Bert Newton, Nikki Webster, Pamela Rabe and Phillip Gould, and directed by the legendary Nancye Hayes, the show ran for thirteen months despite considerable economic hardship caused by the worst drought in 100 years.

Who Is Doug Parkinson? Few Things You Need To Know About Him!

Born October 30 1946 in Waratah, New South Wales, Douglas John Parkinson was an Australian pop and rock singer.

He began singing while still at school.

Parkinson left secondary school at 15 and worked briefly as a labourer before starting a journalism cadetship with the Sydney morning newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

In 1965, he formed Strings and Things, They comprised Parkinson on lead vocals, Helen Barnes on bass guitar, Barnes’ brother Syd on drums and David Lee on guitar – they changed their name to the A Sound, an amateur folk music group.

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