PROCOL HARUM – No 1 On The UK Singles Charts With Masterstroke ‘A WHITER SHADE OF PALE’ 55 Years Ago Today

Top Singles from the past

8 June 2022

The British flower power beat band PROCOL HARUM (1967–1977, 1991–2022) scored
their biggest hit with masterstroke A WHITER SHADE OF PALE. That psych-pop ballad
with that warm organ and frontman Gary Booker‘s magnific voice.

I still wonder if there were chemicals involved when Booker wrote the lyrics

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
The crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said “there is no reason”
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
Would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well’ve been closed
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

PROCOL HARUM: Story

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