Doug Parkinson, a national musical fixture for more than five decades once billed as "Australia's greatest soul voice", has died.
Publicist Lionel Midford announced the singer's sad passing tonight.
"Just received the saddest news that Doug Parkinson, the legendary Australian recording artist with a powerful and soulful voice. He passed away suddenly at home," Mr Midford said in a statement issued on Monday evening.
"Doug Parkinson was widely considered one of the most unusual and influential singer-songwriters in the history of contemporary music."
After forming Strings and Things with Test cricketer Sid Barnes in 1966, Parkinson went on to explore psychedelic rock with The Questions the following year, touring nationally with The Who and Small Faces.
He formed Doug Parkinson in Focus soon after and had a major hit with his own version of The Beatles classic Dear Prudence in 1969, followed up by his own hit Without You.
More recently, he toured around NSW with a tribute to English rock legend Joe Cocker in 2019.
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