“A Whiter Shade Of Pale”

Didja know that Procol Harum’s haunting classic “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” has been recorded by at least 900 other artists and is one of only 30 single records that have sold over 10 million units. Thr song was originally written by band members Gary Brooker and Keith Reid. Years later the bands keyboard player Mathew Fisher sued the band for songwriter credit and one third of the royalties, claiming that his organ piece that opens the song and intro’s each verse is what and how listeners relate to the song ( you remember that organ solo, RIGHT? ) He won his case in the highest court in the U.K. And was awarded what many think is more than his fair share or this 1967 classic.

Meanwhile, the actual title comes from Keith Reid who claimed that he over heard, at a party, someone say to a young girl “Whoa, your face is a whiter shade of pale” Lastly, because you asked, the bands name Procol Harum, comes from an exotic breed of Asian cats!…..You read it here…

Here’s the classic organ solo and the rest of that incredible record…


P.S. What do you think? Does Matthew Fisher deserve One Third of this great song for his organ part?








1 Comment

  1. Oh man, this song takes me away to a higher plane every time I hear it. Since I’ve never heard it differently, try as I might, I can’t imagine it without the organ. That’s a very tough question though. The song is amazing on every level – one of the best ever, I think. Ultimately, I believe it is a collaborative effort, and I can’t imagine it with a different lead vocal either, which is perfect. Or different lyrics, which are perfect also. Each song for the ages is the sum of its parts. Going a long way around to say I am in the camp with those who think Matthew Fisher didn’t deserve one third. Thank you for these wonderful moments today – I wouldn’t have heard A Whiter Shade of Pale or thought about this interesting topic!

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