Procol Harum

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Procol Harum


"Conquistador" (live 1972) used in You Are The Quarry Tour 2004 Pre-show Tracks and Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI 2006-2007 Pre-show Tracks.

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After the rhythm & blues band The Paramounts disbanded in 1966, singer Gary Brooker helped form Procol Harum early in 1967. In July that year, the band got their first #1 hit A Whiter Shade of Pale, co-written by Brooker & Reid, becoming one of the first real "symphonic rock" songs. A lot of albums and singles were released afterwards, but never enjoyed the success of their first single.

Band friend and record company owner Guy Stevens came up with the group's name Procol Harum, a mis-spelling of the Latin phrase Procul Harun (roughly meaning “far beyond these things”), which was also the pedigree name of his Siamese cat (who actually was marked Procul hīs). (Another explanation is that it was a corruption of Procellarum, a vast ocean on the Moon.)

The line up for their first single was:

Gary Brooker: vocals and piano Keith Reid: words Matthew Fisher: Hammond organ David Knights: bass Ray Royer: guitar Drums by session drummer Bill Eyden.

Procol Harum re-formed in October 1991 and recorded "The Prodigal Stranger" with this line-up:

Brooker - vocals and piano Reid - words Fisher - hammond organ with guests: Dave Bronze - bass Mark Brzezicki - drums Jerry Stevenson - mandolin and guitar

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Procol Harum () were an English rock band formed in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in 1967. Their best-known recording is the 1967 hit single "A Whiter Shade of Pale", one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies. Although noted for their baroque and classical influence, Procol Harum's music is described as psychedelic rock and proto-prog with hints of the blues, R&B, and soul. In 2018 the band was honoured by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was inducted into the new Singles category.