Song of the day: Procol Harum- A Whiter Shade Of Pale

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Gary Brooker and Keith Reid formed the group Procol Harum in 1967, the year they released their biggest hit – and instant classic.Keith Reid wrote lyrics to the song. He was on a party and got the idea of the title. The rest came from that, as making a puzzle. The song was actually written as a movie, developing a journey by two people having a relationship. Gary Brooker got the text and wrote the music in a couple of hours. Actually, he was playing a lot of classical music at the time – hence the introduction starts with a few bars of Bach’s Air. The instrumentation was put to that: a hammond organ, blues guitar and a piano, which gave a unique sound. With just three takes, they recorded it. It would be a number 5 hit in the US, number 1 in the UK, but more important: a classic to be remembered forever. Enjoy

Procol Harum- A Whiter Shade Of Pale

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Posted on December 19, 2017, in 1960-1969, FlinterFiles Song Archive and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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