Sunday Express, 22 May 2004
Published letter from Derek Jeffery of Heswall, Wirral.
"...How can the 'best song ever' be Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale (Revealed: 'The Best Song Ever', Sunday Express May 16th)?
It may be the most-played opus, but the best?
What an insult to Porter, Berlin, Kern and Rodgers & Hammerstein, any of whose output would produce countless contenders for the accolade. What about Night and Day, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Some Enchanted Evening and As Time Goes By? Surely these are worthier candidates?
I can only presume that A Whiter Shade of Pale emerged victorious due [sic] to the recording's ingenious instrumental, combined with its release in 1967 - the summer of love"...".
Thanks to John Greenway of Manchester, who adds 'I only bought the Sunday Express today for the free CD - honestly!'