The group took its name after a Burmese blue cat.
The first song recorded by Procol Harum was "A Whiter Shade of Pale." The song is based on Bach's Suite No. 3in D Major. BBC Radio 2 labeled the song as "Britain's first psychedelic number one!" The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the song into its new singles category in 2018.
In Australia, Home peaked at #19.
In 1967, the single "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was a #1 hit single and was ranked as the #14 Top single of the year in Australia. The single "Homburg" peaked at #5.
The Live With the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra album was to be the first of several collaborations by Procol Harum with symphonies in Canada. The pairing of Procol Harum with the Edmonton Symphony was the first time classical and rock music were recorded in Canada.
in 1972, A&M Records Canada released "A Salty Dog" as a single. It did so based on the airplay the song received in the western Provinces. Although the song was recorded two years earlier, radio (both Canadian and U.S.) had a prevailing belief that no song should have a track time longer than three minutes for radio play. "A Salty Dog" was 4:36. Procol Harum refused to edit the song because they felt the song's meaning would be lost. Once the song received air play, the audience requested it.
- Go-Set Charts
- The Most Important Single Ever???? E.K. Roy Richard. RPM, January 16, 1972.
- Edmonton's Symphony Procol Harum. RPM, February 8, 1972.
|Barry Wilson||1968-1972||drums, percussion|
|Gary Brooker||1968-1972||piano, celeste, recorder, woods, harmonica|
|Matthew Fisher||1968||keyboards, guitars, marimba, recorder, vocals|
|Robin Trower||1968||guitars, bells, tambourine, vocals|
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|Matthew Fisher||Matthew Fisher|