EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘A White Shade of Pale’ – Procol Harum

What was the number one song in the UK on 8th June 1967?

British rock band, Procol Harum got to number for 6 weeks with A Whiter Shade of Pale.

Having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide it is one of the best selling singles of all time. A Whiter Shade of Pale was an unusual song from it’s time as it was more instrumentally focussed (lead by a morose organ melody) and the lyrics more complex than most from 1967. It’s a unique tune that perfectly creates a sombre atmosphere of the blues. I like it of course, but maybe not as much as most.

Lyrics

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

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