The Progressive Rock question returns again with an act that could have had the biggest hit of the genre in “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. That song may not only have been Progressive Rock’s biggest hit; it may have been the first real one too.
Selling well on both sides of the Atlantic, Procol Harum’s use of classical themed music with a Rock edge invoked the very beginnings of the Progressive Rock movement. Their music was rich and textured and for a seven year period between 1967 and 1973 they were one of the most respected bands in the world. The draw against them is the Progressive and Classical label which as illustrated in previous entries will earn them no favor to Hall voters. Like the other Progressive Rockers listed earlier they have a decent shot to become the Hall’s next Progressive act; not that fans of the genre are holding their breath for that to happen.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (London, England)
Why They Will Get In:
This would allow the respected Robin Trower entry.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Drawing from classical influences has not proven to gain entry to the Hall.
Procul Harum (1967)
Shine on Brightly (1968)
A Salty Dog (1969)
Grand Hotel (1973)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
A Whiter Shade of Pale (From Procol Harum, 1967)
Conquistador (From Procol Harum, 1967)
Kaleidoscope (From Procol Harum, 1967)
A Salty Dog (From A Salty Dog, 1969)
Memorial Drive (From Broken Barricades, 1971)