Procol Harum

Procol Harum Biography

After the rhythm & blues band The Paramounts disbanded in 1966, singer Gary Brooker helped form Procol Harum early in 1967.

In July 1967 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.

The line up for their first single was:

Gary Brooker: vocals and piano

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

Keith Reid - words

Fisher - hammond organ

with guests.

Dave Bronze - bass

Mark Brzezicki - drums

Jerry Stevenson - mandolin and guitar

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