Procol Harum is a British rock band, formed in the 1960s, who built an important foundation for what would become progressive rock, or perhaps more closely, symphonic rock. They are best known for their 1967 hit single „A Whiter Shade of Pale”, which is not only a regular item on classic singles polls, but is also regarded as a seminal track in the development of pop music and particularly progressive rock music. Procol Harum have had a devoted following throughout their career; their music, although being principally noted for its classical influence, also embraces the blues and pure pop music.
In April 1967, Brooker began working as a singer/songwriter and formed Procol Harum with non-Paramounts Keith Reid (poet), Hammond organist Matthew Fisher, guitarist Ray Royer and bassist David Knights. The band name was chosen by its original manager Guy Stevens after a friend’s Burmese cat, and has been alleged to be Latin for „beyond these things”, however the correct Latin translation of „beyond these things” is Procul His. The name of the band is frequently misspelled; often with Procul, Harem, both, or other variations.
At Olympic Studios, with session drummer (and non-Paramount) Bill Eyden, producer Denny Cordell, and sound engineer Keith Grant, the group recorded „A Whiter Shade of Pale.” The song was officially released on May 12, 1967.
A whiter shade of pale (1967) O sa urmeze si versiune mai .. proaspata cu versuri 🙂
Exerpt from In Held T’was In I
„Shine On Brightly”
Poor Mohammed E super… de aici si ideea de titlu!
Simple sister (Live 1971)
(You Can’t) Turn Back the Page
The Blink of an Eye
Deh.. cind se cearta oamenii pe bani…
Former organist Matthew Fisher sued Gary Brooker and his publisher in the Royal Courts of Justice in 2005, claiming that Fisher co-wrote the music for A Whiter Shade of Pale and was entitled to 50% ownership of the song’s copyright. On 20 December 2006 Fisher won the case but was awarded 40% ownership. Brooker appealed in October 2007 and the judgment was reserved. In April 2008, the British Court of Appeal overturned part of the lower court’s ruling, stating that Fisher was entitled to co-authorship, but Brooker was entitled to full royalty rights.