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Keith Reid Words

Born Welwyn Garden City, UK 

Buy a signed, limited-edition lyric sheet
of A Whiter Shade of Pale

Keith Reid and Frank Key, in Roland's book

The Keith Reid Project: 2008 CD

BtP interview: The Well's on Fire

2009 interview about lyric-writing

Good interview from May 2010

Keith Reid' book, + interview

Interview February 2002: ptI, pt II

Biography at Bucks Music

Links to many interviews

The playwright; the manager; the producer

Brooker on Reid and the truth

Tunes Music Network on Reid

Work outside Procol Harum

Keith on BBC Radio 1, 1973 

Interview: 'lyricist, sage and historian' 

Michel Polnareff collaboration

1997 interview from Shine On

Reid on US radio in 1974

Keith and the Secret Diva

A birthday tribute

'Friendship' in Reid songs

2002: Reid on the Holocaust

ASCAP audio portrait

2008 The Argotist Online about songwriting

Keith Reid's The Only Monkey video
(YouTube, MySpace)

2018: solo album, In My Head

2018: substantial Reid intervew for BtP

(portrait of Keith by Michael Andrews)


Keith Stuart Brian Reid was born 19 October 1946. Following the Procol 'Old Testament', he formed a personal management, publishing, and production company, and also a record label. His artists enjoyed a great deal of worldwide success including Gonzales (I haven't stopped dancing yet), Sutherland Brothers and Quiver (Arms of Mary, Sailing), Frankie Miller (Darling), Mickey Jupp (Don't Talk to Me), Robin Trower (Bridge of Sighs) etc.

In the early eighties Keith returned to song-writing and moved to New York to re-start his career. He immediately had huge success with an unknown Australian artist, John Farnham, whose recording of Keith's You're the Voice became, and remains, the biggest-selling record in Australia of all time.

He now continues to concentrate on his song writing and has had songs recorded by such best-selling artists as: Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, Sarah Brightman, Jeff Healey, Heart, Robin Trower, Mavis Staples, Felix Cavaliere, John Waite, Chris Thompson, John Farnham, Alan Parsons Project, Gary Brooker and Procol Harum. His two solo albums to date are The Common Thread (2008) and In My Head (2018)

2017 saw the release of Novum, the first Procol Harum record made without Keith's input. The words for Novum were largely written by Pete Brown


Keith Reid solo albums

Keith Reid's words outside Procol Harum

Keith Reid's Procol Harum words

More Procol personnel


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