May 12 “Procol Harum”

Repent Walpurgis.

Nothing That I Didn’t Know.

Whiter Shade of Pale.

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YouTube video: “Procol Harum – Repent Walpurgis (1971)

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YouTube video: “Procol Harum – Nothing That I Didn’t Know (1970)

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YouTube video: “Procol Harum – Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)

A Whiter Shade of Pale was released 42 years ago to the day, on May 12, 1967.

From Wikipedia:

With a structure reminiscent of Baroque music, a countermelody based on J.S. Bach’s cantata no.140 assigned to Fisher’s Hammond organ, Brooker’s soulful vocals and Reid’s mysterious lyrics, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached #1 on the British charts and did almost as well in the United States, reaching #5. In the years since, it has become an enduring classic, placing on several polls of the best songs ever.

There’s a quite thorough biography of the band on the excellent allmusic.com website.

Procol Harum in 1967
Procol Harum in 1967

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One thought on “May 12 “Procol Harum”

  1. The music of Procol Harum was always best when preceeded by several ounces of scotch. And it’s still true!

    Hope all are drunk toniteand just loving the music(and WORDS!)
    Bob

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