DOUG PARKINSON IN FOCUS
Hair
(Galt MacDermot - James Rado - Gerome Ragni)
Australia 1969
#7 Sydney #3 Melbourne #4 Brisbane

Double-sided hit with Without You.

Also recorded in Australia in 1969 on albums by the Australian cast (Wayne Matthews, Keith Glass & Tribe), The Executives and The Flying Circus.

The powerful baritone of Doug Parkinson (b. Newcastle NSW 1946) became known nationally through his records with In Focus from the end of the 60s.

Earlier, he had fronted Sydney folk-pop band The A Sound (formerly Strings and Things) whose sole single features an almost unrecognisable, lighter Doug Parkinson, but it was with highly regarded Sydney pop band The Questions that his soulful, slightly mannered vocal style came into its own.

In Focus was formed in 1968 with personnel from The Questions and became a popular live band that relocated to Melbourne and had national hits that included Dear Prudence, Without You/Hair and Baby Blue Eyes.

After In Focus, Doug Parkinson sang with bands that included Fanny Adams, a briefly reunited In Focus (1971) and The Southern Star Band. His long-lasting solo career has produced charting singles Everlasting Love (1974) and The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More (1981). He has also appeared in rock musicals and recorded radio and TV jingles.

In the 70s, Doug Parkinson sang on some of the Where No Wrinklies Fly jingles for Melbourne radio station 3AK, and on some of the early jingles for ABC youth station 2JJ (now JJJ).

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Feature suggested by Terry Stacey.

References: Milesago; Who's Who of Australian Rock; The Australian Rock Discography 1956-69; CD liner notes for So You Wanna Be A Rock'n'Roll Star?

THE COWSILLS
Hair
(Galt MacDermot - James Rado - Gerome Ragni)
USA 1969
#2 USA #2 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth #1 NZ

Single on MGM label.

Family pop band, four brothers occasionally joined by Ma and kid sister, and managed by Pa. Their other big hits were The Rain, The Park And Other Things (1967) and Indian Lake (1968).

ZEN
Hair
(Galt MacDermot - James Rado - Gerome Ragni)
Netherlands 1968
#1 Netherlands

Single on Philips label by Amsterdam band.

See Zen page at Alex Gitlin's Nederpop Encyclopedia.

"HAIR": OFFICIAL BROADWAY CAST
Hair
(Galt MacDermot - James Rado - Gerome Ragni)
USA 1968
Original version

Album on RCA label, May 1968.

Opened on Broadway April 1968 and ran until 1972.

This appears to be the first recorded release of the song.

"HAIR": ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST
Hair
(Galt MacDermot - James Rado - Gerome Ragni)
USA 1967
Original version: live performance

The rock'n'roll musical Hair - set in October 1967 - opened on 18 October 1967 at the Florence Sutro Anspacher Theatre as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival.

See co-creator James Rado's official Hair site.

You can read The New York Times review by Clive Barker online at Nina Machlin Dayton's Hair Online Archives.

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