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Procol Harum

A Whiter Shade Of Pale

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“A Whiter Shade of Pale” is the debut song by the British band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The single reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached #5 on the US charts, as well. It is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. With its haunting Bach-flavoured instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics—by the song’s co-authors Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and Matthew Fisher-- “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached #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), and the United Kingdom performing... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ That her face, at first just ghostly ... Turned a whiter shade of pale ... And so it was that later

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This song is listed #57 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Most votes come from Argentina, United States, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Portugal, Italy, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and United Kingdom.

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