Procol Harum's Gary Brooker Surveys The Scene

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John Schaefer with Gary Brooker

The so-called Summer Of Love was almost 50 years ago next year, and it was then that the rock world saw a creative explosion – the Beatles, the Stones, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd – but the number one song of that year came from the band Procol Harum. Their “A White Shade of Pale” topped the charts, ahead of the Beatles, ahead of the Monkees, and all the rest.

The band’s pianist and singer, Gary Brooker, would go on to be the steady presence in the band as it underwent a number of lineup changes, and after starting a solo career in the late 70s he’s found time to occasionally tour with a version of Procol Harum.  Now, he’s performing as a guest of sax player Paul Winter, in Paul’s annual Winter Solstice concerts here in New York.