Procol Harum royalties ruling overturned

Gary Brooker wins back full royalties on hit

Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker has won back full royalty rights to the band’s 1967 hit ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ at the Court Of Appeal in London.

A 2006 ruling that awarded organist Matthew Fisher 40 per cent of royalties for the song, made after Fisher claimed he had written the song’s distinctive keyboard melody, was overturned, reports BBC News.

Fisher will receive no more royalties from the song.


‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ reached Number One in the charts on its release, and was reported to be John Lennon‘s favourite song of 1967.