Procol Harum

the Pale

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Procol Harum's first year in the NME

Still off work: 8 July 1967

These excerpts from New Musical Express, kindly selected for 'Beyond the Pale' by Yan Friis, show a falling-off of Procol news as they remain at the top of the chart while personally out of circulation. The 'scandal' about the session-drummer is about to break! 

Front page: a full-page advertisement for John Walker's Annabella 45 on Philips.

Top 3 on the NME charts:

1 (1) A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Procol Harum
2 (2) There Goes My Everything, Engelbert Humperdinck
3 (6) Alternate Title (Randy Scouse Git), The Monkees

A Whiter Shade Of Pale climb to No 13 on Billboard

Tipped for the charts by Derek Johnson:
Beatles, All You Need Is Love
Arthur Conley, Shake Rattle And Roll
Sandie Shaw, Tonight In Tokyo
Bee Gees, To Love Somebody
PP Arnold, The Time Has Come

News-pages:  Procol Still Off Work

Procol Harum who retain their No 1 spot in the NME Chart for the fifth successive week, are under medical supervision and still not working. They had hoped to resume work this week with a BBC1 Top Of The Pops appearance, but singer Gary Brooker has been ordered another seven days' rest. 

The group hopes to resume engagements next week, when it plans to issue a statement concerning its future managerial plans. As reported last week, the Harum have broken away from their former business manager Jonathan Weston.

In the 1967 half-year NME Chart-points table, Engelbert Humperdinck is No 1 with 554 points, while Procol Harum is No 31 (168 points).

Tailpieces by the Alley Cat:

Attending promoter Vic Lewis's party for the Monkees on Monday night: John Lennon, George and Patti Harrison, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Samantha Juste, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Patsy Ann Noble, Searcher Frank Allen and Eric Clapton - plus the Who, Procol Harum and the Manfreds in force...

... Tough task: Procol Harum's follow-up ... 

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