Douglas John Parkinson was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on 30 October 1946.
He began singing in the choir at his Sydney primary school and continued throughout his time at Narrabeen Boys’ High School.
In 1965 he formed a group with friends called Strings and Things and, in late 1966, accepted the position of vocalist with a band called The Questions, who held a residency at the Manly Pacific Hotel, a major Sydney venue.
When The Questions disbanded, Doug formed In Focus. The group were extremely popular and made the Australian Top 10 in 1969 when they released their version of The Beatles‘ Dear Prudence as a single.
Doug journeyed to England in June 1970 to form Fanny Adams with former Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney who financed the group using his Bee Gees royalties, flying Parkinson and Johnny Dick to London, renting them a house and paying them a per diem while they rehearsed and recorded their self-titled album which was released in 1971.
The group returned to Australia in December 1971 but disbanded a month later.
Doug Parkinson passed away on 15 March 2021 in Sydney. He was 74.
Vince Maloney (Melouney)