Sixties legends face court case over classic hit

Who wrote ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’?

A member of Procol Harum has claimed that he composed the classic keyboard melody for their 1967 number one hit ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’.

In a case to be brought in the High Court in London today (November 13), keyboardist Matthew Fisher will claim a share of copyright for the song, which has previously been credited to singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.

The case will reportedly see a keyboard brought into the High Court to aid with the proceedings.


Speaking to the BBC, singer Gary Brooker said: “’A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ was written by Keith Reid and me before Matthew even joined the band.

“I am shocked and dismayed that after Matthew had worked with us quite happily over the course of 40 years without him once alleging that his role on ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ was anything other than as a musician, it is only now that he claims he recalls writing part of the song.”

However, Fisher’s solicitor said: “My client has always maintained he wrote the parts, or composed the parts, he claims he composed.”

The case begins today (November 13).