Founder of the rock group Procol Harum honoured for charitable work
For his charitable work, Gary Brooker, founder of the legendary rock group PROCOL HARUM, has been awarded the "Member of the Order of the British Empire" - one of the highest honours in Great Britain, entrusted by the Queen herself.
In 1965, the members of THE BEATLES received it. Now, the English Queen personally rewarded Gary Brooker for fruitful work with different charitable organizations.
Gary Brooker has received recognition among music lovers not only for being in PROCOL HARUM, but also for his work with such well-known musicians as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman.
By the musician's own words, he is very proud to have received recognition in this way:
(Note: The Russian article - more or less accurately - here quotes Gary's official response, as can be read on BtP:)
"The citation for ‘Charitable Services’ was unexpected as after 40 years of playing and singing at international level, I would have imagined a medal for just being me – not for my achievements.
"Especially, I would like to thank my wife Françoise, for her 35 years of support; friends and associates in whose projects I have taken part, an also everyone who has or helped me with the charitable work.
"I trust I will be able to help with many more great occasions."
Right now, PROCOL HARUM is on tour in support for their new record "The Well's On Fire", published by Eagle Records.
Original article here (in Russian)
(translation: Jonas Söderström)