Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" first hit the airwaves 41 years ago, and was just named the UK's song most played in public places by BBC radio. Why a Whiter Shade of Pale? Why not a Darker Shade of Tan? Lyricist Keith Reid was kind enough to check in from London and let me ask him about the history of the song.
Aug 09, · Ultra-Lounge: On the Rocks, Part One, a Various Artists Compilation. Released 8 April on Capitol (catalog no. CDP 8 2 2; CD). Genres: Easy Listening, Lounge. Featured peformers: Wayne Watkins (executive producer), Brad Benedict (producer, compiler, art direction), Bob Norberg (remastering), RJ Smith (liner notes), Tommy Steele (art direction), Andy Engel (design, /5(2).
In , the band played a one-off show in celebration of the 30th anniversary of "A Whiter Shade of Pale", with the regular lineup joined on several songs by former members Mick Grabham, Peter Solley, Alan Cartwright, Dave Bronze and Chris Copping.
May 23, · The European reissues remove "Homburg" but add "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" to start side 1, and add back "Good Captain Clack". The US/Canada reissues keep "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" and add back "Good Captain Clack" on side 2, following the track line-up of /5(K).
The group is best known for its single "A Whiter Shade of Pale ♫." The song is inspired by the music of the Baroque period because the descending bass line that is repeated throughout "A Whiter Shade of Pale ♫" was borrowed directly from a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach.