Brooker to appeal Whiter Shade of Pale judgment

November 2007

Music publishing

Gary Brooker, the lead singer of Procol Harum, is appealing the judgment awarding the group’s former organist (Matthew Fisher) 40% of the royalties from the 1967 hit ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale‘. Brooker’s lawyers will question Fisher’s 40 year delay in making and claim that the case sets the “dangerous precedent” of allowing any musician who had played on any recording in the past four decades to claim joint authorship.

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