At their peak, The Beatles were the most imitated band on the planet, with groups all over the world copying their look and covering their songs. There are many thousands of Beatles covers, but only one that's consistently regarded as better than the original.
Australian soul singer Doug Parkinson managed to get a copy of the 1968 Beatles "white" album before it was released in Australia. He loved a song on it called Dear Prudence. His band, Doug Parkinson In Focus began playing it at shows, audiences loved it, the band recorded the song and it became their first hit.
Doug Parkinson was a great soul singer. He died on March 15th, aged 74.
Listen to my tribute to Doug Parkinson
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.