To see closed minded people say that Whiter Shade of Pale, was their only hit, is sad. If they have never listened to anything else by them, they should keep that opinion to themselves. Try giving Simple Sister a listen and then say that they were a one hit wonder.
Tagged "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" for "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
Greatest Hits!!??... Oh, Really!!??
From my point of view, the one, and only, "great" hit that Procol Harum ever had was "Whiter Shade Of Pale". Yeah. Now that tune was a true classic, without question.
And I think it was a fluke.
'Cause as far as the rest of Procol Harum's songs go, at best, I would rate them as being only very-very minor (but not great) hits.
Founded in 1966 by singer/songwriter, Gary Brooker, British, progressive-rock pioneers, Procol Harum enjoyed a somewhat brief stint of popularity from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
This CD (which covers the years from 1967 to 1972) contains 12 tunes, such as - Salty Dog, Simple Sister, Conquistador, and, yes, of course, Whiter Shade Of Pale.
Anyways.... As the story goes - Here's how the band acquired their peculiar name.
"Procol Harum" is something of a slur on the name "Procul Harun", which was the "cat fancy" name given to a friend's cat. Apparently it was the cat's breeder who coined the name.
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