Fans mourn loss of beloved Nova Scotia musician, actor Frank MacKay

Fans are mourning the death of Frank MacKay, a beloved Nova Scotia musician and frontman of the legendary 1960s dance band The Lincolns.

The Halifax Chronicle Herald reports the New Glasgow-born singer died Wednesday following surgery.

MacKay joined The Lincolns during the golden age of rock and roll.

The Truro-based band toured the region in the 1960s, drawing large crowds to dance halls across the Maritimes.

The band played a popular repertoire of soul classics, including ``I Feel Good'' by James Brown, Percy Sledge's ``When A Man Loves A Woman'' and ``Hold On, I'm comin''' by Sam and Dave.

After the band broke up in 1969, MacKay attracted national attention as a member of the hard rock group Soma in the early 1970s.

Toronto Star music writer Peter Goddard said MacKay's road-seasoned voice was ``so powerful it could cut through a platinum slab.''

MacKay eventually became a solo artist, writing his own songs and maintaining the interpretive skills he'd honed with The Lincolns.

He also made the leap to acting, most notably with the musical stage show ``Rock and Roll.''

The 1985 CBC-TV production of the play - retitled ``The King of Friday Night'' - earned MacKay an ACTRA Award nomination.

MacKay went on to appear on stages across the country, becoming a familiar presence at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax and festivals across the Maritimes.

Meanwhile, The Lincolns staged a number of reunion concerts in recent years.

Nearly half a century after its heyday, hundreds of fans flocked to the band's favourite stage in the auditorium of the Truro Royal Canadian Legion last September.