Procol Harum

the Pale

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Procol Harum's first year in the NME

Dawn of Radio 1: 16 September 1967

These excerpts from New Musical Express, kindly selected for 'Beyond the Pale' by Yan Friis, continue to show plenty of interest in Procol Harum, though most of their activity appears to be happening abroad 

Front page: Full page cartoon advertisement for Blossom Toes

NME Top 5:
1 (1) The Last Waltz, Engelbert Humperdinck
2 (3) I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom Jones
3 (5) Excerpt From A Teenage Opera, Keith West
4. (2) San Francisco, Scott McKenzie
5. (12) Itchycoo Park, The Small Faces


Tipped for the charts by Derek Johnson:

The Seekers, When Will The Good Apples Fall
Petula Clark, The Cat In The Window
Shadows, Tomorrow's Cancelled

News pages:



More names are being lined-up for the BBC's pop-packed Radio 1 channel which goes into operation two weeks from tomorrow (Saturday). Sunday's 10-noon Easy Beat hosted by Ed Stewart, is likely to be re-titled Happening Sunday. Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, the Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd and Keith West are among artists booked for the new programmes.

Bookings for the first week (October 2) of the David Symond's show Let's Go - which goes out from 5.30 to 7.30 on Monday to Friday - are the Fortunes, Bee Gees, Georgie Fame, Move, Peddlers, Procol Harum, Small Faces, Bystanders, Action, Montanas and the Johnny Howard Band.

...Procol Harum is the only signing for October 8.

(right under three pics from Procol's Copenhagen performance is the following piece:)

Procol Homburg as follow-up

Procol Harum's follow-up to A Whiter Shade Of Pale which as previously reported is set for Regal Zonophone release on September 29, will be Homburg. The B-side is a Gary Brooker-Keith Reid composition, Good Captain Clack.

On Monday week (25th) Procol headlines a Paris Olympia concert which will be broadcast throughout Europe. The group has now been No 1 in the French charts for 18 weeks.

On October 21 it begins a concert tour of America at the same Washington venue at which the Beatles made their US début in 1964. Procol is also signed for an appearance in the nation-wide Ed Sullivan Show and the Hollywood Palace TV series.

Three major concerts - one in London, the others in Glasgow and Manchester - are being negotiated for Procol by Tony Secunda.

Read more from the first year of Procol press

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