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"Procol Harum" are an English progressive rock band, formed in the 1960s. They are best known for their #1 hit single "A Whiter Shade of Pale", though they have had a devoted cult following throughout their career.
Some of the roots of Procol Harum are in a live band led by Gary Brooker and Robin Trower called "The Paramounts", popular performers in the early 1960s. They signed to Parlophone in 1963 (see 1963 in music) and released "Poison Ivy", a moderate British success in 1964 (see 1964 in music). They were unable to recreate this success, however, and the band fell apart in 1966 (see 1966 in music).
In early 1967, Brooker began working as a singer/songwriter and formed Procol Harum with non-Paramounts: poet Keith Reid, Hammond organist Matthew Fisher, guitarist Ray Royer and bassist David Knights. At Olympic Studios, with session drummer (and non-Paramount) Bill Eyden, producer Denny Cordell, and sound engineer Keith Grant, the group recorded "A Whiter Shade of Pale." The song was officially released on May 12, 1967. With the sudden success of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and The Moody Blu...