Saturday, October 07, 2006

Procol Harum -- A Whiter Shade of Pale

This morning's YouTube find, for those old enough to recall.

Updated November 18:
Looks like YouTube didn't have permission.
Try this link at Google Video.
(So if Google bought YouTube, what's the deal? Beats me.)

All the rest of you kids just keep moving while some of us take a moment to revisit our youth.
Thanks, Cat, for the link to another great clip. This was in the collection, too.

This was in the blurb:

Procol on Top Of The Pops with their massive hit from the Summer of Love.
This record spent 6 weeks at number 1 in the British charts and reached number 5 in the American charts.

As a point of interest here is the top 5 US singles from August 5th 1967.

1. Light My Fire - The Doors
2. I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
3. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
4. Windy - The Association
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum

As you can see it was all Killer and no Filler back in those days!

Don't try and compare this with today's charts. You may feel sick!

1 comment:

vietnamcatfish said...

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is probably one of the quintessential songs from the 60's. My liberal sis, Olga, turned me onto P.H. Christmas of '68. By giving me the "Shine On Brightly" l.p. [ long playing ] for a present.

The period was plaster of psychedelia and, as a result, the P.H. cover was of a piano all awash in green. In front a backside. Far out and heavy, dude.

I was hoping youtube would have a video for "She Wandered Through The Garden Fence," but, alas, it wasn't in the [ tarot ] cards. Another song from P.H. which embodied the spirit of the 60's.

Even Kitty was a fan. But some feel that when Matthew Fisher left the band, it left a void that was irreplaceable, he of the haunting organ melody featured in "whiter."

P.S. Annie Lennox did a fair job on a remake a few years back, she of the Eurythmics.

P.S.S. Check out my video for today. Borrowed from Boortz.