A whiter shade of pale Procol Harum
Song Title: A whiter shade of pale
Artist: Procol Harum
Date of release: 12 May 1967
Description: ” A whiter shade of pale ” is by Procol Harum, the British rock band. The song was written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and Matthew Fisher, with production by Denny Cordell, the English record producer.
The song was the first release for the group back in 1967 after lyricist Keith and vocalist and keyboard player formed the group. Procol Harum’s most famous song is still the subject of debate even today. Many question the origin of the music used for the song, some say it’s from Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-known “Air on the G String”. Others say it’s sinfonia from Bach’s Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156.
Keith got the inspiration for the song when attending a party, while there he overheard someone tell a woman ” You’ve turned a whiter shade of pale ” and the sentence stuck in his head.
The song that is made up of basically meaningless lyrics and a haunting melody has become a timeless classic. From 2009 onwards ” A whiter shade of pale ” has become the most played song in the last 75 years in public places throughout the United Kingdom.
The body that looks after interests of performers and collects royalty payments known as the Phonographic Performance Limited, has confirmed that the song is indeed the most played by British broadcasting in the last 70 years.
The song was to be a commercial success for Procol Harum, released as a single on the 12th of May 1967 the song entered the UK chart 13 days later, it was soon to be crowned number 1 in the UK.
” A whiter shade of pale ” held the top slot for 6 weeks and spent a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart. Released again in May of 1972 the song reached number 13 and spent a total of 12 weeks on the chart in the country.
Procol Harum also found success in the United States with the song, a number 5 was to be the highest it would reach on the chart with sales of 1 Million copies.
” A whiter shade of pale ” managed to reach the number one slot in many other countries including Spain, New Zealand, Italy, Canada and France.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 5
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia 1, Belgium 1, Canada 1, France 1, Germany 1, Ireland 1, Italy 1, Netherlands 1, New Zealand 1, Spain 1, Poland 2, Norway 3, Austria 4
Official Website: Procolharum.com ( Fan site )
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/ProcolHarum