A huge loss was incurred by the music industry as the veteran singer of a music band passed away. Gary Brooker, the main singer of the rock band Procol Harum, has died at the age of 76. His 1967 single A Whiter Shade of Pale mesmerized baby boomer admirers with its psychedelic melancholy.
Apart from being the main singer, Gary was also the pianist and lyricist of the band. Gary Brooker was a great composer and has contributed a lot to the music industry in terms of his skills and songs. The unfortunate death of the singer was due to one of the fatal diseases of cancer. Gary has been receiving the treatment of cancer for a considerable period. But somehow succumbed to the disease.
Gary Brooker led the band Procol Harum for more than five decades. He was the binding force of the band and wrote numerous beautiful songs. The band has also issued an official statement regarding the demise of Gary. They remarked in homage, “He lighted up each place he visited, and his kindness to a multilingual family of followers was legendary.”
It was further added that “He was known for his uniqueness, integrity, and sometimes stubborn eccentricity. He was a great raconteur because of his mordant wit and taste for the ludicrous.” Additionally, in 2003, he received an OBE, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honored A Whiter Shade of Pale in 2018.
Brooker has also toured with notables like Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr, as well as performing with Sir Paul McCartney, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, the Alan Parsons Project, and a slew of other artists. He played Argentine foreign minister Juan Atilio Bramuglia with Madonna in Alan Parker’s film adaption of Evita in 1996.
But life was not a bed of roses for him all the time. Brooker also had a legal dispute with organist Matthew Fisher over royalties from the song, calling the number one spot a “wonderful and unsought honor.” In such a strenuous phase, despite the band’s 14-year breakup in 1977, Brooker performed with them for 40 years.
Brooker, a Blues fan, also introduced his love of classical music into the 1960s musical melting pot, establishing his brand as one of the prog-rock movement’s forerunners. Brooker’s sudden death has left the whole of the music industry in pain and grief. The band remembers him as the man of charisma. They claimed that it was not just the stage but the whole of the premise that use to light up as soon as he entered.
Brooker was also the kindest and purest soul ever, remembers Procol Harum. Brooker was born on May 29, 1945, in east London. He was taught the piano, guitar, and cornet by his father, a professional musician. He was also the founder of The Paramounts, and English beat groups. Brooker married Françoise Riedo (“Franky”), a Swiss au pair whom he met in 1965, in July 1968. There were no offspring for the couple.