A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Procol Harum
Procol Harum 1967 Whiter Shade Pale 45

We skipped the light Fandango
Turned cartwheels cross the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
The crowd called out for more

1967
5
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1967 for six weeks
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #57 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • from the album Procol Harum (1967)
  • Keith Reid had the original idea for the song when he overheard a comment at a gathering; Reid: "Some guy looked at a chick and said to her, 'You've gone a whiter shade of pale'. That phrase stuck in my mind. It was a beautiful thing for someone to say. I wish I'd said it"
  • the memorable organ theme played by Matthew Fisher comes from Bach's "Air on the G-string," from the "Suite No.3 in D major"
  • on the record:
         Gary Brooker- lead vocals, piano
         Matthew Fisher- Hammond M-102 organ
         Ray Royer- guitar
         David Knights- bass
         Bill Eyden- drums
  • according to a survey by BBC Radio 2, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was the most-played song in England for the last 75 years
  • the biggest hit single for Procol Harum
  • written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher
  • produced by Denny Cordell
  • recorded at Olympic Studios, London
  • when guitarist Peter Frampton was asked in a 2015 interview what his favorite record of all-time was, his response was - "Whiter Shade of Pale"
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