A whiter shade of pale. Procol Harum.

In my poem I blogged on Friday evening “And the band played on” , has the line “and the crowd called out for more”, which is actually a line from the song A whiter shade of pale by the group Procol Harum, with words by the groups poet Keith Reid, it was a number one hit in Britain, and reached number 5 in the bilboard charts on release in 1967. The band had started life being called The Paramounts, withGary Brooker on lead vocals and piano, Matthew Fisher on Hammond organ and Robin Trower on lead guitar and vocals, the rest of the band changed often. They went on tour as the opening act for The Jimi Hendrix experience in Britain, and performed at the Isle of White festival in 1970. For various reasons Trower, who became a major soloist on his own, was not on this particular recording, a session musician stood in for him. The band only had one other hit Conquistador, which was a rerecording of another song from their first Lp. They were right at the beginning of progressive rock and symphonic rock, being followed by Queen. The counter melody is based on J.S. Bach’s Air on a G string, from his suit no.3 in D major. The band quite often tried to use early classical music structures like this in their music. So here it is thanks to Meowbay and Youtube:

8 thoughts on “A whiter shade of pale. Procol Harum.

  1. Quite a surprise for me, Charles! I knew the song, one of my favourites of that period songs but didn’t know anything about the group and it’s story. I didn’t even know the title…Thanks for the info..
    Have a wonderful day🌞

    • Hi thanks for the comment, I think many people know this song without knowing what is and who did it, it probably opened the way for a similar song by the Moody Blues, which came out not long afterwards, and also in this musical style, Nights in white satin. Glad you liked it, keep well, best wishes and blessings, Charles, 🙂

    • Pleasure, JoAnn I love this song, and always like to give some history, as many people know the music, without knowing anything about it, one respondent admitted that she did not even know what the song was called! Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

  2. I probably shouldn’t admit to this; HOWEVER, in my youth I dropped some LSD and listened to this song on repeat for several hours. Needless to say, I developed QUITE and affinity for this song!

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