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Gary Brooker MBE from Procol Harum in London 05 04 2017
Gary Brooker MBE from Procol Harum in London 05 04 2017
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: John Denny TV
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Gary Brooker
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Gary Brooker
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: MrLodurr
Gary Brooker - The Long Goodbye 1985
Gary Brooker - The Long Goodbye 1985
Published: 2011/11/28
Channel: fritz51332
Gary Brooker - No More Fear Of Flying [1979] (full album vinyl rip)
Gary Brooker - No More Fear Of Flying [1979] (full album vinyl rip)
Published: 2014/05/13
Channel: Bart Glover
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 14. Conquistador (Gary Brooker)
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 14. Conquistador (Gary Brooker)
Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: RichardAllStarrBand
Gary Booker Rock in Haapsalu 2017
Gary Booker Rock in Haapsalu 2017
Published: 2017/07/30
Channel: Jeeriko Tull
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog, An Old English Dream live in Denmark 2006
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog, An Old English Dream live in Denmark 2006
Published: 2011/04/22
Channel: Widespreadpanic41
Ad Visser & Gary Brooker - No News from the Western Frontier
Ad Visser & Gary Brooker - No News from the Western Frontier
Published: 2009/03/22
Channel: bellerob
Gary Brooker - Interview on Ringos all star band and RockWalk
Gary Brooker - Interview on Ringos all star band and RockWalk
Published: 2015/01/23
Channel: Creative Worx MPC
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale, live in Denmark 2006
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale, live in Denmark 2006
Published: 2011/04/21
Channel: Widespreadpanic41
Gary Brooker-Limelight (hq)
Gary Brooker-Limelight (hq)
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: Francisco Rodriguez Fernandez
Lori Spee & Gary Brooker - Two Fools in Love (live, 1986)
Lori Spee & Gary Brooker - Two Fools in Love (live, 1986)
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: Maarten Fransen
Gary Brooker - Switchboard Susan
Gary Brooker - Switchboard Susan
Published: 2011/05/17
Channel: rockerbox1973
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live) _ Gary Brooker & Friends
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live) _ Gary Brooker & Friends
Published: 2006/11/14
Channel: A. Murat Bilgic
PROCOL HARUM, GARY BROOKER,
PROCOL HARUM, GARY BROOKER, 'A SALTY DOG', CULTUURPODIUM BOERDERIJ ZOETERMEER 2017
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: Vincent Lyons
Gary Brooker - Lead me to the Water 1983
Gary Brooker - Lead me to the Water 1983
Published: 2009/05/24
Channel: fritz5177
PROCOL HARUM, GARY BROOKER,
PROCOL HARUM, GARY BROOKER, 'GRAND HOTEL', CULTUURPODIUM BOERDERIJ ZOETERMEER 2017
Published: 2017/09/30
Channel: Vincent Lyons
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 22. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Gary Brooker)
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 22. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Gary Brooker)
Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: RichardAllStarrBand
A Whiter Shade of Pale  - Gary Brooker
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Gary Brooker
Published: 2010/12/22
Channel: KRISpl01
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live 17.4.2004) con Gary Brooker, Ian Anderson & Peter Frampton
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live 17.4.2004) con Gary Brooker, Ian Anderson & Peter Frampton
Published: 2010/01/04
Channel: krugerkk
A Whiter Shade Of Pale-Gary Brooker-Solo (Procol Harum)
A Whiter Shade Of Pale-Gary Brooker-Solo (Procol Harum)
Published: 2009/03/09
Channel: PlaztekNerd
Gary Brooker - No More Fear of Flying (slide/video)
Gary Brooker - No More Fear of Flying (slide/video)
Published: 2010/03/25
Channel: Patrick Hoving
TOPPOP: Lori Spee & Gary Brooker - Two Fools In Love
TOPPOP: Lori Spee & Gary Brooker - Two Fools In Love
Published: 2013/02/11
Channel: TopPop
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 11. A Salty Dog (Gary Brooker solo)
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 11. A Salty Dog (Gary Brooker solo)
Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: RichardAllStarrBand
Gary Brooker, Bill Wyman, Albert Lee - Jitterbug Boogie (Germany, 2000).mp4
Gary Brooker, Bill Wyman, Albert Lee - Jitterbug Boogie (Germany, 2000).mp4
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: Chakhnashvili Paata
A whiter shade of pale (Keith Reid - Gary Brooker - Matthew Fisher) - Lê Hữu Đào (04.2016)
A whiter shade of pale (Keith Reid - Gary Brooker - Matthew Fisher) - Lê Hữu Đào (04.2016)
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: Dào Liège
Gary BROOKER / PROCOL HARUM - Interview ExclusiveBlue Page Music 1
Gary BROOKER / PROCOL HARUM - Interview ExclusiveBlue Page Music 1
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Jean-Luc Bluepagemusic
Gary Brooker - Ghost Train
Gary Brooker - Ghost Train
Published: 2012/12/10
Channel: Mar Beat
Procol Harum - Repent Walpurgis - Gary Brooker & Matthew Fisher
Procol Harum - Repent Walpurgis - Gary Brooker & Matthew Fisher
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: MrLodurr
Gary Brooker - A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum - Wetten Dass 1991 - Bachchor Würzburg
Gary Brooker - A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum - Wetten Dass 1991 - Bachchor Würzburg
Published: 2013/12/14
Channel: Matthias Eichele
Gary Brooker: Conquistador RASB 1997
Gary Brooker: Conquistador RASB 1997
Published: 2009/06/19
Channel: Muppet1950
Procol Harum  –  Homburg & Interview,  1968
Procol Harum – Homburg & Interview, 1968
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Tanya Yursa
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 3. The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker)
Ringo Starr - Live in Michigan - 3. The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker)
Published: 2011/06/14
Channel: RichardAllStarrBand
Gary Brooker (PROCOL HARUM) - A whiter shade of pale + Homburg [1967]
Gary Brooker (PROCOL HARUM) - A whiter shade of pale + Homburg [1967]
Published: 2011/11/26
Channel: Guido Montini
Gary Brooker - Within Our House
Gary Brooker - Within Our House
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: Zé Mundico
Gary Brooker - The Angler
Gary Brooker - The Angler
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: rockerbox1973
Gary Brooker - Two fools in love [subtitulada]
Gary Brooker - Two fools in love [subtitulada]
Published: 2012/02/23
Channel: Luis Rivero
Procol Harum - Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) - Gary Brooker
Procol Harum - Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) - Gary Brooker
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: MrLodurr
CONCERT AT THE KINGS 2017  - GARY BROOKER   whiter shade of pale (Part Only)
CONCERT AT THE KINGS 2017 - GARY BROOKER whiter shade of pale (Part Only)
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: ian unsworth
'Say it aint so Joe' Gary Brooker
Published: 2010/07/12
Channel: Emile Bradford
Gary Brooker - Angelina
Gary Brooker - Angelina
Published: 2011/05/17
Channel: rockerbox1973
Procol Harum - Grand Hotel // Denmark - 2006
Procol Harum - Grand Hotel // Denmark - 2006
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: MrLodurr
Give Me Something To Remember You By - Gary Brooker
Give Me Something To Remember You By - Gary Brooker
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: TheStranger67
Gary Brooker/London Symphony Orchestra - A Salty Dog
Gary Brooker/London Symphony Orchestra - A Salty Dog
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Discombobulator
Gary Brooker - Mineral Man
Gary Brooker - Mineral Man
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: rockerbox1973
Say It Ain
Say It Ain't So Joe - Gary Brooker
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: TheStranger67
PROCOL HARUM
PROCOL HARUM 'A WHITER SHADE OF PALE', GARY BROOKER, CULTUURPODIUM BOERDERIJ ZOETERMEER 2017
Published: 2017/10/07
Channel: Vincent Lyons
Gary Brooker   Hit the Road Jack
Gary Brooker Hit the Road Jack
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: MusicVideoTrader
Savannah - Gary Brooker
Savannah - Gary Brooker
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: TheStranger67
Gary Brooker - Procol Harum - Singer/Songwriter
Gary Brooker - Procol Harum - Singer/Songwriter
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: 1701 Rebuild
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Gary Brooker
MBE
Gary Brooker Croydon May 2002.jpg
Background information
Born (1945-05-29) 29 May 1945 (age 72)
Hackney, East London, England, UK
Genres Hard rock, progressive rock, baroque pop, rock and roll, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments
Years active 1962–present
Associated acts

Gary Brooker, MBE, (born 29 May 1945)[1] is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and founder and lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours on 14 June 2003, in recognition of his charitable services.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Hackney Hospital, East London, on 29 May 1945,[3] Brooker grew up in Hackney before the family moved out to Middlesex (Bush Hill Park and then to nearby Edmonton).[4] His father Harry Brooker was a professional musician, playing pedal steel guitar with Felix Mendelssohn’s Hawaiian Serenaders, and as a child Brooker learned to play piano, cornet and trombone.[5] In 1954 the family moved to the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, where Brooker attended Westcliff High School for Boys.[6] His father died of a heart attack when he was 11 years old, forcing his mother to work in order to make ends meet, while Brooker himself took on a paper-round.[7] When he left school, he went on to Southend Municipal College to study zoology and botany but dropped out to become a professional musician.[8]

Career[edit]

Brooker founded The Paramounts in 1962 with his guitarist friend Robin Trower.[9] The band gained respect within the burgeoning 1960s British R&B scene, which yielded The Beatles, The Animals, The Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones, and many others. The Rolling Stones, in particular, were Paramounts fans, giving them guest billing on several memorable shows in the early 1960s.

In 1966, Brooker founded Procol Harum with his friend Keith Reid.[10] "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the worldwide hit for which Procol Harum is best known, but Brooker's melancholic vocals and emotive, eclectic piano playing were a key part of Procol's musical mix for the entire course of the band's career. In the early years Brooker, Hammond organist Matthew Fisher and Trower were the guiding musical forces behind the band, but after disparities in style became too much and Fisher and Trower left, Brooker was the clear leader until the band broke up in 1977. Brooker started a solo career and released the album No More Fear of Flying in 1979.

The same year, Brooker joined friend and neighbour Eric Clapton's band. With Brooker in the lineup, they released the studio album Another Ticket. Clapton fired the entire band in 1981, but he and Brooker have remained good friends since, and were for many years neighbours in the Surrey Hills. Brooker has joined Clapton for several one-off benefit gigs over the years. Brooker sang lead vocal on the Alan Parsons Project song "Limelight", on their 1985 album, Stereotomy. Brooker sang the lead vocal of the song "No News from the Western Frontier", a single taken from the album Hi-Tec Heroes by the Dutch performer Ad Visser.

A new incarnation of Procol Harum, led by Brooker, has continued touring the world, celebrating its 40th anniversary in July 2007 with two days of musical revels at St John's Smith Square in London. Brooker also toured with Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band in 1997 and 1999, and he was also a member of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings for several years, appearing on three of their albums and touring with the band. On 28 September 1996, as the Gary Brooker Ensemble, he organized a charity concert to raise funds for his local church, St Mary and All Saints, in Surrey. The resulting live CD of the concert, Within Our House, originally released on a fan club CD in a limited run of 1000 units, has since become a collectable recording. His guests and supporting artists included Dave Bronze, Michael Bywater, Mark Brzezicki and Robbie McIntosh.

Also in 1996, Brooker appeared in the Alan Parker film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webbers' Evita starring Madonna, Jonathan Pryce and Antonio Banderas. Playing the part of Juan Atilio Bramuglia, he sang the song "Rainbow Tour" with Peter Polycarpou and Antonio Banderas. Brooker said that his greatest single earning in his career was from his appearance in the film.[7]

On 29 November 2002, he was among musicians and singers participating in the George Harrison tribute concert, Concert for George, at which he sang lead vocals on their version of "Old Brown Shoe". Brooker contributed to Harrison's albums All Things Must Pass, Gone Troppo and Somewhere in England.

In April 2005, as the Gary Brooker Ensemble, he played a sell-out charity concert at Guildford Cathedral in aid of the tsunami appeal, playing a mixture of Procol Harum and solo songs and arrangements of classical and spiritual songs. His guests and supporting artists included Andy Fairweather-Low and Paul Jones (ex-Manfred Mann).

In May 2012, Procol Harum were forced to cancel the remainder of their dates in South Africa after Brooker fractured his skull following a fall in his hotel room. The fall came on Brooker’s 67th birthday. The band was part of the British Invasion Tour of South Africa along with the Moody Blues and 10cc.[11] He recovered sufficiently for the band to undertake an extensive US tour with Yes and to play concerts in Europe in 2013, several with symphony orchestras.

Personal life[edit]

In July 1968 Brooker married Françoise Riedo ("Franky"), a Swiss au pair, whom he met circa 1965. The couple have no children.[12][7]

Views and advocacy[edit]

Brooker is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance and has played concerts to raise funds for the organisation.[13]

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" authorship lawsuit[edit]

Solo discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1979: No More Fear of Flying
  • 1982: Lead Me to the Water
  • 1985: Echoes in the Night

Live album[edit]

  • 1996: Within Our House

Singles[edit]

  • 1979: "Savannah"
  • 1979: "Say It Ain't So Joe"
  • 1979: "No More Fear of Flying"
  • 1980: "Leave The Candle"
  • 1982: "Cycle (Let It Flow)"
  • 1982: "Low Flying Birds"
  • 1982: "The Angler"
  • 1984: "The Long Goodbye"
  • 1985: "Two Fools in Love"
  • 1987: "No News from the Western Frontier" (single in the Netherlands, taken from Ad Visser's album Hi-Tec Heroes)

Contributor[edit]

  • 1970: All Things Must Pass (George Harrison) - piano
  • 1978: Juppanese (Mickey Jupp - organ, producer (Side 2)
  • 1981: Another Ticket (Eric Clapton) - track 8, "Catch Me If You Can"
  • 1985: Stereotomy (Alan Parsons Project) - lead vocals on track 4, "Limelight"
  • 1999: Driver's Eyes (Ian McDonald) - track 11, "Let There Be Light"
  • 2005: Aerial (Kate Bush) - organ, vocals

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ "Gary Brooker, MBE". Procol Harum. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  2. ^ "No. 56963". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 14 June 2003. p. B15. 
  3. ^ Frame 1999.
  4. ^ Scott-Irvine 2012, p. 3.
  5. ^ Johansen 2000, p. 13.
  6. ^ Johansen 2000, p. 14.
  7. ^ a b c Wright, John (January 24, 2016). "Gary Brooker: 'Whiter Shade of Pale legal battle probably cost me £1m in fees alone'". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ Johansen 2000, p. 20.
  9. ^ Johansen 2000, p. 18.
  10. ^ Johansen, Claes (2000). Procol Harum: Beyond The Pale. London: SAF. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-946719-28-0. 
  11. ^ Williams, Murray (31 May 2012). "Rock star cracks skull in Cape Town". Daily News. 
  12. ^ "The 'blushing bride' gets a whiter shade of pale". Sunday Mirror. London. 14 July 1968. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bryan Ferry to play Countryside Alliance Benefit Concert". Roxyrama.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 

Sources

  • Frame, Pete (1999). Rockin' Around Britain: Rock'n'roll Landmarks of the UK and Ireland. Omnibus. ISBN 978-0711969735. 
  • Johansen, Claes (2000). Procol Harum: Beyond the Pale. SAF Publishing. ISBN 978-0-946-71928-0. 
  • Scott-Irvine, Henry (2012). The Ghosts of a Whiter Shade of Pale: Procol Harum. Omnibus. ISBN 978-1-78038233-3. 

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