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Procol Harum

John Covach

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.46090

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British rock group. Formed in 1966, they rose to fame in 1967 with the hit single A Whiter Shade of Pale, which featured a Bach-inspired organ melody set against the rhythm and blues singing of pianist Gary Brooker (b London, 29 May 1945). The group’s early albums, Procol Harum (R. Zono, 1967), Shine on Brightly (R. Zono, 1968) and A Salty Dog (R. Zono, 1969), blend aspects of classical music with the band’s rhythm and blues roots, making them a model for much subsequent British progressive rock. The 18-minute suite In Held 'Twas In I from their second album is the group’s most ambitious track, while A Salty Dog from the third employs orchestral accompaniment to beautiful effect. Over the two years that followed A Salty Dog, original members Matthew Fisher (b London, 7 March 1946; organ) and Robin Trower (b East Ham, ...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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