A Whiter Shade of Pale description
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the debut song by the British rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. With its haunting Bach-derived instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics - by the song's co-authors Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and organist Matthew Fisher - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached No. 1 in several countries when released in 1967. In the years since, it has become an enduring classic. It was the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). Show A Whiter Shade of Pale piano sheet
Keith Reid description
Keith Stuart Brian Reid is a songwriter who wrote the lyrics of every Procol Harum song that is not a cover. For many years he resided in the United States.
Although he did not sing or play an instrument, lyricist Reid was a pivotal element to the long-term success of Procol Harum, teaming with vocalist/composer Gary Brooker to write most of the group's material. (Some music was written by organist Matthew Fisher and by guitarist Robin Trower.) Reid left school at the age of 15 and soon began writing lyrics, inspired primarily by Bob Dylan. Through Island Records chief Chris Blackwell, Reid was introduced to R&B impresario Guy Stevens, who in turn introduced him to fledgling composer Brooker in 1966. The two began collaborating, and upon compiling a number of songs set about assembling a band to record their material; with the Proc... More piano sheets by Keith Reid
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