Procol Harum Singer Wins Court Appeal for Full Royalties to Hit Song 'a Whiter Shade of Pale'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

London (AP) A British appeals court has awarded the lead singer of Procol Harum full royalties to the band's iconic hit, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.”

Britain's Court of Appeal ruled today in singer Gary Brooker's favor. An earlier decision by a lower court had awarded 40 percent of the song's royalties to the group's former organist, Matthew Fisher. He contributed the haunting organ theme to the song. The
Court of appeal agreed that fisher was entitled to co-authorship but not money from past or future royalties.

Fisher left the band in 1969 and is now a computer programmer living in South London.

Brooker still tours with Procol Harum.

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