AS A TRIBUTE TO GARY BROOKER FACTS ABOUT ‘A WHITER SHADE OF PALE’

AS A TRIBUTE TO GARY BROOKER FACTS ABOUT ‘A WHITER SHADE OF PALE’

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 4th March 2022

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

AND

TOP SEVENTEEN OF THE DAY

This Blog is turning into an Obituary Blog as I pay tribute to another person who has sadly died.

Gary Brooker, the frontman of 1960s rock band Procol Harum, has died at the age of 76, his record label has confirmed.

The London-born singer led the band throughout their 55-year history, co-writing and singing their most famous song, 1967’s A Whiter Shade of Pale.

He was appointed an OBE in 2003, and A Whiter Shade of Pale was honoured by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Brooker died at his home from cancer on Saturday, the band said in a statement.

Gary was one of the writers of the record breaking Procol Harum song, the1967 A Whiter Shade of Pale.

A Whiter Shade of Pale

B-side “Lime Street Blues”

Released 12 May 1967       Format 7-inch record          Recorded April 1967.

 

TOP 17 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT ‘A WHITER SHADE OF PALE’

  1. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is the debut single by the English rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The record reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion.

 

  1. It reached No. 5 on the US charts.

 

  1. One of the counterculture anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

 

  1. With its Bach-derived instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics, written by the song’s co-authors Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and organist Matthew Fisher, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached No. 1 in several countries when released in 1967.

 

  1. In the years since, it has become an enduring classic. As of 2009, it was the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the United Kingdom.

 

  1. The UK performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited in 2004 recognised it as the most-played record by British broadcasting of the past 70 years.

 

  1. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone placed “A Whiter Shade of Pale” No. 57 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

  1. In 1977, the song was named joint winner (along with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) of the Best British Pop Single 1952–1977 at the Brit Awards.

 

  1. In 1998 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

 

  1. More than 1000 recorded cover versions by other artists are known.

 

  1. The song has been included in many music compilations over the decades and has also been used in the soundtracks of numerous films, including The Big Chill, Purple Haze, Breaking the Waves, The Boat That Rocked, Oblivion, and in Martin Scorsese’s segment of New York Stories. Cover versions of the song have also been featured in many films, for example by King Curtis in Withnail and I and by Annie Lennox in The Net.

 

  1. The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only. On 30 July 2009, Matthew Fisher won co-writing credit for adding the organ parts to the original music in a unanimous ruling from the Law Lords.

 

  1. A video was filmed for this song showing Gary Brooker singing it in various London locales as his bandmates look on stoically. It was made for video jukeboxes, which were popular in the ’60s. The companies that made these machines typically paid for the videos. Since these were usually seen in bars, videos like Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” were ideal, but five dandy-looking Englishmen could also earn some quarters with a song like “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.”

 

  1. John Lennon was a great fan of the song and was known to have played it repeatedly in his Rolls Royce. When it was released in England, Lennon (and friends in his circle) reportedly confused Brooker’s soulful vocals with Steve Winwood, who had popularity at the time with The Spencer Davis Group.

 

  1. It was named joint winner (along with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which also uses the word “fandango”) of the Best British Pop Single 1952–1977 at the BRIT Awards, part of Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.

 

  1. In 1998 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

 

  1. British TV station Channel 4 placed the song at No. 19 in its chart of the 100 greatest number ones.

 

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” —Arthur Rubinstein.

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…A Whiter Shade of Pale

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Two guys walked into a bar. The third guy ducked.

LOVE IS…

Love is…a “fandango”.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to be No.1 in the UK…A time to be No.5 in the US.

 

 

 

 

©2022 Phil M Robinson