Οι Procol Harum πήγαν στο Νο.1 της Βρετανίαςστις 8 Ιουνίου 1967 με το τραγούδι A Whiter Shade Of Pale που υπήρξε και το μοναδικό Νο.1του συγκροτήματος αν και είχαν επιτυχίες και με τα τραγούδια τους “Homburg” και “Conquistador” κανένα ποτέ δεν έφτασε το A Whiter Shade Of Pale‘ το οποίο το 2004 ανακηρύχτηκε το πλέον πολυπαιγμένο τραγούδι των προηγούμενων 70ετών.

Οι διασκευές του τραγουδιού από άλλους καλλιτέχνες φτάνουν τις 900.

A Whiter Shade Of Pale written by GARY BROOKER, KEITH REID, MATTHEW FISHER 

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale
She said, ‘There is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.’
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well’ve been closed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was that later