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With its Bach Baby Lets Rock! - Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics — by Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale song's co-authors Gary BrookerKeith Reid  and Matthew Fisher — "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached number 1 in many countries when released in Падают Яблоки - Иосиф Кобзон - Антология (Мне Доверена Песня) the years since, it has become an enduring classic.
It was the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK as of and the United Kingdom performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited in recognised it as the most-played record by British broadcasting of the past 70 years. The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only.
On 30 JulyMatthew Fisher won co-writing credit for the music in a unanimous ruling from the Law Lords. Keith Reid got the title and starting point for the song at a party.
The third verse has been heard in live performances by Procol Harum, and more seldom the fourth. Contrary to the above interpretations, Reid was quoted in the February issue of Uncut magazine as saying:. I was trying to conjure a mood as much as tell a straightforward, girl-leaves-boy story.
With the ceiling flying away and room humming harder, I wanted to paint an image of a scene. But I was too young to have experienced any decadence, then. I might have been smoking when I conceived it, but not when I wrote. It was influenced by books, not drugs. Structurally and thematically, the song is unusual. While the recorded version is long, it is composed of only two verses, each with chorus.
The piece is also more instrument-driven than most songs of the period, and with a much looser rhyme scheme. Its unusually allusive and referential lyrics are much more complex than most lyrics of the time for example, the chorus focuses on Chaucer 's " The Miller's Tale ". Thus, this piece can be considered an early example of progressive rock.
The phrase a whiter shade of pale has since gained widespread use in the English language, noticed by several dictionaries. The song is in moderate time in C major and is characterised by the bassline moving stepwise downwards in a repeated pattern throughout. In classical music this is known as a ground bass. The harmonic structure is identical for the organ melody, the verse and the chorus, except that the chorus finishes with a cadence.
But it is also heard throughout, playing variations of its theme and counterpointing the vocal line. As the chorus commences "And so it was, that later The final instrumental fades out to silence — a common device in pop music of the time. The recording was produced by Denny Cordell.
Because they did not have a regular drummer, the drums were played by Bill Eydena session musician. The track was completed in two takes, with no subsequent overdubbing. A few days after the Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Palethe band re-recorded the song with their newly recruited drummer, Bobby Harrisonat Advision Studios. This version was discarded, and one of the original mono recordings was 朝 - Kodomo Band - GIANT Hop･Step･Jump for release as the band's debut single.
Cordell was concerned that the sound of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" might prove problematic on the radio, due to the prominence of the drummer's cymbals. He therefore sent an acetate copy to Radio Londonand his Mr. Mondo Jocko - The Italian Stallion - A Visual Attack were assuaged when the disco jockey played the disc on-air and announced: "That sounds like a massive hit.
In two weeks it reached number 1, where it stayed for six weeks. Writing inJim Irvin of Mojo said that its arrival at number 1 on 8 Juneon the same day that the Beatles ' Sgt. According to music historian Harvey Kubernikin the context of the Summer of Love, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was the "one song [that] stood above all others, its Everest-like status conferred by no less than John Lennon and Paul McCartneywho were enthralled by the Chaucerian wordplay and heavenly Baroque accompaniment".
In the United States, the single reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot and sold over 1 million copies. It also peaked at number 22 on the soul charts there. Due to concerns about overexposure, the song was removed from the band's repertoire in for a number of years. In the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Only the drummer in the video is not on the record: early band member Bobby Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale is seen miming to session man Bill Eyden's drumming.
Procol Harum subsequently made a second promotional clip, using " Scopitone " technology. By this time, Robin Trower and B. Wilson had replaced Royer and Harrison in the band, so only three of the five musicians on the recording are represented. No performance footage appears in this film — only scenes of the five musicians cavorting around London and running across fields.
The same lineup, with Fisher wearing a monk's cowlmimed to the song on Top of the Popsalthough Brooker sang live. Black-and-white footage of the performance has been shown online. There was also a film shot as part of Joel Gallen 's Deja-View music video series.
It has also aired on VH1 Classicand has recently surfaced online. Informer Procol Impossible - The King Sisters - Spotlight On. The King Sisters organist Matthew Fisher filed suit in the High Court against Gary Brooker and his publisher, claiming that he co-wrote the music for the song.
Brooker and publisher Onward Music were granted leave to appeal, and a hearing on the matter was held before a panel of three judges during the week of 1 October The decision, on 4 Aprilby Lord Justice Mummeryin the Court of Appeal upheld Fisher's co-authorship  but ruled that he should receive no royalties as he had taken too long 38 years to bring his claim to litigation. Full royalty rights were returned to Brooker.
On 5 NovemberFisher was granted permission to appeal this decision to the House of Lords. On 30 July the Law Lords unanimously ruled in Fisher's favour. They noted that the delay in bringing the case had not caused any harm to the other party; on the contrary he had benefited financially from it. They also pointed out that there were no time limits to copyright claims under English law. The right to future royalties was therefore returned to Fisher. It was released as the second single in May and became a top-forty hit in Europe and Canada.
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