House of Lords on A Whiter Shade of Pale

Procol Harum’s  A Whiter Shade of Pale has been a classic favorite of generations … no, I’m not that old, it was considered a golden oldie even as I grew up.  That said this song brings many fond memories…

Too bad they had to go to court.. apparently Matthew Fisher who created the song’s organ solo had been excluded from receiving royalties – while I am no legal expert, I can attest A Whiter Shade of Pale would be a lot .. hm.. more Pale without the distinctive organ music, so I am glad the House of Lords sided with him now.

And now, Procol Harum, 41 years later:



  1. What I never understood about that whole royalties malarkey with WSoP is that the intro is just a rip-off of Bach anyway, although admittedly it’s not lifted from any single piece. Makes the ongoing Men at Work Down Under/Kookaburra Sits debacle seem like a whiter shade of sh…


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