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Procol Harum's Gold Record

Presented to Ritchie Yorke 'for initiating' the Edmonton album


Journalist Ritchie Yorke (12 January 1944 6 February 2017) did a lot for Procol Harum, and they in turn did something pretty magnanimous to thank him. Faded cuttings courtesy of Franky Brooker's scrapbook.

From the Ottawa Journal, December 1972 ... as is the text immediately following

Ritchie strikes gold

New York. It was smiles all 'round at the Chrysalis offices recently when Ritchie Yorke, the internationally-known rock journalist whose articles appear regularly in The Journal, was presented with a surprise gold record by members of Procol Harum for his contribution in setting up the group's concert with the Edmonton Symphony.

The concert resulted in Procol Harum receiving its first-ever gold album. York was also responsible for the North American success of the Miguel Rios single of A Song of Joy, for which he was given a gold disc

Yorke is pictured with his gold album and members of Procol Harum (left to right) Alan Cartwright, Mick Grabham, Keith Reid (front) Yorke, BJ Wilson (front) Chris Copping and Gary Brooker

Earlier Yorke had written to Brooker as follows:

9 December 1971

Dear Gary,

Here's a couple of reviews of the Edmonton concert that you may like to check out.

Bobbi Cowan says the tapes are great. Can't wait to hear them.

If you need any liner notes, please let me know

Looking forward to seeing you again shortly. Regards to Chris [Ellis], Derek [Sutton], and the boys.

Cheers, Ritchie

And here's a more sombre snap of that same presentation


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