Procol Harum’s debut single released on May 12, 1967 and was the #1 single in the UK for six weeks. It reached #5 in the US and sold over 10 million copies world wide. John Lennon loved this song. During the time the single came out John thought that most pop music was crap but he couldn’t get enough of A Whiter Shade Of Pale- playing it over and over and over. Author Ray Coleman wrote after a party at Brian Epstein’s-” Next day John phoned me. ‘I remembered after I’d gone what record it is that I can’t stop playing,’ he said. ‘It’s that dope song, Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade Of Pale. It’s the best song I’ve heard for a while. You play it when you take some acid and … whoooooooo.
Lennon was known to play it repeatedly on his record player fitted in his psychedelic Rolls Royce. It is a great single. It would be the biggest hit of Procol Harum’s career and the song they are remembered for. In 2009 it was named the most played song in public places in the UK. Rolling Stone magazine listed it as the 57th greatest song on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.