Gary Brooker MBE, vocalist, keyboard player, songwriter of Procol Harum has passed away.


Gary was a special person – you knew this as soon as you met him.  People like Gary are rare.  I had never met anyone like him before; and feel extremely fortunate to have known him personally as well as professionally.

Gary had a magical talent for music.  His compositions were totally original and will continue to touch many many lives. But his  passing will bring an end to an era. He will be missed by us all and his talent will be a huge loss to the music industry .

Our thoughts are with Gary’s wife, family and friends at this sad time.

From his earliest onstage duets with his musician father, through his youthful recording career with Southend’s The Paramounts, Gary exhibited and developed a highly-individual talent. His first single with Procol Harum, 1967’s A Whiter Shade of Pale, is widely regarded as defining ‘The Summer of Love’, yet it could scarcely have been more different from the characteristic records of that era.