Chart Position: 5

  • #57 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher and Keith Reid
  • Melody is based on J.S. Bach’s ‘Suite No. 3 in D Major’
  • Lead vocals: Gary Brooker
  • Keyboards: Matthew Fisher
  • Recorded in London U.K
  • Produced by Denny Cordell
  • This is the very first song that Procol Harum recorded
  • Procol Harum is from London U.K.
  • Two additional verses were later included in live performances
  • Matthew Fisher had to file a lawsuit 40 years after the song’s release to win his songwriting credit (for the organ solo)
  • This song won a Brit award in the U.K. for Best British Pop Single 1952-1977, along with Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (1976)
  • In an odd coincidence, both A Whiter Shade of Pale and Bohemian Rhapsody include the word ‘fandango’
  •  Later recorded by Dave Antony’s Moods (1967), Wess (1967), Box Tops (1967),  Everly Brothers (1967), Charlie Chalmers (1967), 101 Strings (1967), Prock Harson (1967), Peter Knight Singers (1967), Peter Nero (1967), Noel Harrison (1967), Ronnie Aldrich & His Two Pianos & London Festival Orchestra (1967), King Curtis & Kingpins (1967), Golden Cups (1968), Bill Black’s Combo (1968), Jackie Milton (1967), George Martin & His Orchestra (1968), Johnny Rivers (1968), Hesitations (1968), Hugh Masekela (1969), Ohta-San (1969), Shorty Long (1969), Living Guitars (1968), Dells (1969), Sil Austin (1969), J.J. Worthington (1969), Pat Williams (1969), R.B. Greaves (1970), Congregation (1972), Zulema (1975), Don Reeve Sound (1972), James Last (1974), Herbie Mann (1974), Flintlock (1976), Joe Cocker (1978), Jimmy Castor Bunch (1973), Bonnie Tyler (1981), Richard Niles (1977), New Jordal Swingers (1980), Gerry & Pacemakers (1982), Willie Nelson (1982), Pierre Belmonde (1980), Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet w/Bob Dylan (1984), Kai Bennett (1982), Shadows (1983), Eugene Chadbourne (1985), Richard Clayderman (1988), Justin Hayward w/Mike Batt & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1989), Allen Toussaint Orchestra (1988), Puhdys (1989), Rosa Maria (1992), Tom Constanten (1992), Arlen Roth (1993), Rupert Parker (1994), Flash Cadillac (1994), Annie Lennox (1995), Rich Hopkins (1995), Pholhas (1996), Bonfiglio (1994), Wailing Souls (1998), John Farnham (1998), Pierre Dumont (1998), Montgomery Smith (2001), Engelbert Humperdinck w/Rene Froger (2007), Gregorian (2009), Stephen Bennett (2010), Slow Feet (2007), Kree Harrison (2013), Vanilla Fudge (2015), Rob Arthur (2017), Bob Walsh (2015), Dave Edmunds (2015), Fun Lovin’ Criminals (2019) and many others

whiter shade of pale

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