A former bus driver turned traditional pop singer, with a smooth baritone voice, he was a major star in his native England for years but only had a few hits in America, most notably "My Kind of Girl" (1961) and "Walk Away" (1965). He also guested on several U.S. variety shows during the balance of the 1960s, recording, in America, for Liberty and Capitol records.
His son, Mitchell Terence Parsons, was with his first wife, Iris.
His children with Mickie were Michele (b. 1959) and Matthew Frederick (b. 21 February 1964).
He was an alcoholic for most of his career until a stay at Galsworthy House in Surrey in 1981.