R.I.P. Gary Brooker, Procol Harum Singer Useless at 76
Gary Brooker, who fronted Procol Harum for 55 years and co-wrote their smash hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” has died at 76. In line with a assertion from the band, he handed away “peacefully at residence” following a battle with most cancers.
Born in East London in 1945, Brooker had his first style of success in 1964 with the beat group The Paramounts. The band charted a modest Prime 40 hit within the UK with “Poison Ivy” earlier than disbanding in 1966. The following 12 months, he co-founded Procol Harum with Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Ray Royer, and David Knights.
In 1967 Brooker was vaulted to worldwide fame with the discharge of “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” This surreal music defies straightforward interpretation, however the wistful melancholy helped it turn into one of many anthems for the Summer time of Love.
The monitor was successful, however Procol Harum shortly moved on each emotionally and artistically. The band mentioned that Brooker’s most well-known music wasn’t “attribute of his personal writing,” and added, “Over 13 albums Procol Harum by no means sought to copy it, preferring to forge a restlessly progressive path, dedicated to trying ahead, and making every document a ‘distinctive leisure’. Gary’s voice and piano had been the only defining fixed of Procol’s fifty-year worldwide live performance profession.”
Procol Harum launched 13 albums, most just lately Novum in 2017. Brooker additionally turned a sought-after collaborator, enjoying and writing for artists together with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Ringo’s All-Stars. He additionally sang and acted within the 1996 movie Evita starring Madonna.
In line with his bandmates, “He lit up any room he entered, and his kindness to a multilingual household of followers was legendary. He was notable for his individuality, integrity, and infrequently cussed eccentricity.” Take a look at a number of his works beneath.
Gary Brooker, who fronted Procol Harum for 55 years and co-wrote their smash hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” has died at 76. In line with a assertion from the band, he handed away “peacefully at residence” following a battle with most cancers. Born in East London in 1945, Brooker had his first style of success…