Friday, May 25, 2012

Procol Harum Pale In Comparison

May 25, 1967, Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a No.1 hit. 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top of the Pops TV show.

The band subsequently made another video using "Scopitone" technology, but by this time, Robin Trower and B.J. Wilson had replaced Ray Royer and Bobby Harrison in the band, so only three of the five musicians on the recording are represented, and no performance footage included - only the five musicians cavorting around London, running across fields, etc.

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