Jeremy Gilien writes to BtP:
This picture was taken on the Guitar Center of Hollywood's "Walk of Fame".
Directly above it are Simon Kirke's prints, so it was obviously from a stop they made on the Ringo tour.
Ringo's all new (February 2000) 3CD box Anthology And 10 Year Anniversary includes four recordings featuring Gary Brooker.
Gary Brooker, Jack Bruce, Peter Frampton and Simon Kirke get their hands muddy, making the impressions that are now seen at the Guitar Center.
NB the Brooker handprints are a good landmark for Procoholics to meet at in LA ...
But there's also the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … to whom Beverly Peyton has pleaded with such moving conviction … she suggests that fans should write in asking if Procol Harum can be recognised (address at foot of page): feel free to print off and send the following letter, unless you have time to compose something of your own. The next selection is in September.
To Whom it May Concern
Never let it be said that the world has lacked for great music, but in 1967 a song burst on to the charts and is as fresh today as it was back then.
A Whiter Shade of Pale was that song and Procol Harum is the band. Most people never bothered to get past that one great song, but for the true die-hard fan, Procol Harum went on to write, produce and perform many other great songs that went unnoticed. Songs like A Salty Dog and Conquistador will forever be their tradmark; those who have not gone beyond, neglecting the likes of In Held 'Twas In I or Whaling Stories, can only be held guilty of missing the better half of this band.
It is a well-known fact that most bands don't and won't get recognition in their musical history unless they've sold daunting amounts of records. What a shame it would be if that were the only consideration given when inductions take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Oddly enough, ten years past his death, Barrie James Wilson, the band's long-time drummer, has recently been voted The Best Rock Drummer at the Classic Rock Page Web Site. All one has to do is listen to the dynamic way he embraced each and every song to know it would be a mistake to not recognise this great musician.
The long-standing song-writing team of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid is second to none. Reid's artful play with words was and is a perfect match for Brooker's well-established and acclaimed musical intricacies, not to mention the heralded requests from his peers to enhance their present-day releases and tours: Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman to name a few.
From the additional genius of Matthew Fisher, Chris Copping and Pete Solley to Robin Trower, Dave Ball, Mick Graham and Geoff Whitehorn, the list of musicians who have graced and contributed to this band is as instrumental as their sound, one of the first to combine the classics with rock and roll. Whether they perform with an orchestra and choir or in the raw, it is a sound that continues to mesmerise and haunt.
Notably the buzz for this band has been on thanks to www.procolharum.com who have rallied to bring their attention to the fore again. To further ignore their presence would be a sad shame and commentary on a prestigious institute such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the case of Procol Harum, whose stance couldn't be more deserving.
Please consider this group for induction in the year 2001!
Long live Procol Harum!
Thanks, Beverly Peyton
Beverly excerpted the following from www.about.com:
While there's no disputing the worthiness of many of rock's most influential and dynamic artists who have been inducted in the past, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has come under attack over the years by fans and critics alike. Band and artists consistently snubbed by the Rock Hall include Deep Purple, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, Yes, Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, The Nice, Traffic, Paul McCartney (solo), George Harrison (solo), The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Derek and the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Guess Who and The Electric Light Orchestra.
The list goes on and on. Fans of these artists can only shake their heads in dismay each year as the new nominees are announced, and once again many of rock's movers and shakers are ignored. Most notably, artists that fall into the "progressive" or "art-rock" category are dismissed as having been pretentious and self-important, and lists of achievements, petitions, complaints and angry letters sent to the committee fall on deaf ears.
Maybe the Procol Harum fan community can change all that? Write (positively, non-aggressively, well-reasonedly!) to
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
1290 Avenue Of the Americas
More Features at BtP