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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1966–present)

Propelled by the ‘holy’ organ of Matthew Fisher, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ spent six weeks at No. 1 in Britain and rose high in the US Hot 100 during 1967’s flower-power summer. The ‘Homburg’ follow-up – also written by Gary Brooker (vocals, piano) and lyricist Keith Reid – was almost as big a hit worldwide, but further chart strikes were less impressive until a reissue of evergreen ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ restored them to the domestic Top 20 in 1972. Guitarist Robin Trower and drummer B.J. Wilson were other sometime members.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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