DOUG PARKINSON BRINGS HIS JOE COCKER TRIBUTE TO TOWN They lived on opposite sides of the world, but gravel-voiced Englishman Joe Cocker and equally-gritty Australian vocalist Doug Parkinson had many things in common. Both were born in steel towns â€“ Cocker in Sheffield and Parkinson in Newcastle; both had hits with The Beatles songs â€“ Cockerâ€™s With A Little Help From My Friends and Parkinsonâ€™s Dear Prudence. Both were born with unmistakable voices, and both lived rockstar lifestyles tainted by drug and alcohol abuse that jeopardized their health and often got them into trouble with authority. So it made sense that, a year after the Englishmanâ€™s death, Doug Parkinson honours the achievements of Cocker, backed by some of the finest Rhythmâ€˜nâ€™Blues musicians in the land. A handful of live sellout shows and a standing ovation at concerts are proof that this tribute is something very special.
â€œIâ€™m a completely different singer to Joe Cocker,â€? Parkinson says. â€œOur styles are poles apart, yet the common perception is that we are very similar. The punters want to hear the songs again, sung by a voice that reminds them of the original.â€? Parkinson said he hasnâ€™t attempted to copy Cockerâ€™s twitchy visual antics, leaving that to his imitators. â€œItâ€™s completely about the music â€“ I like to think that somehow Iâ€™m helping to preserve his memory and the respect that is his due,â€? he adds. Adding another element to the mix, the opening half of the show features Parkinsonâ€™s own impressive hits and favourites. Audiences clearly believe the â€œtwo sides of the same coinâ€? format is a winner. Doug Parkinson is bringing his Joe Cocker tribute show to the Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday, 18th June. Tickets available from (03) 9784 1060 or at www.thefac.com.au.
DOUG PARKINSON AUSTRALIAâ€™S GREATEST SOUL VOICE & HIS EIGHT PIECE BAND
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Mint (issue 15) May 2016