Fans sent their greetings – for GB to read on this page – by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been enjoying your music for the past 45 years and had the pleasure to see PH on a number of occasions and be associated with Palers’ albums. Many congratulations on your birthday and here’s to many more years of music making!
Very best wishes
A very happy 70th birthday Gary.
Countless thanks for decades of continued listening enjoyment and inspiration.
Happy Birthday Gary,
Hope you have a great day – with all my best wishes.
Andrew Leslie (Scotland)
May God bless you, Gary, and bring you an endless number of trout of
surprising size and cunning!
This American fan remembers those days of musical drought, after the two New York shows in '77. You had given us so much, Gary, and the temporary void was almost painful. Carina and I are so very, very glad that not only are you back in action but that you seem to be in your best days! Enjoy 70!! God bless you - may you have many more years of good health, good times, and good music!
How nice it is to not have to make overseas phone calls to try to track down a contact for "Mr Gary Brooker, somewhere in England." Now it seems that the hope of seeing you, our hero, usually with Procol Harum, is never very much out of reach.
In this 'New Testament' of Procol Harum it seems like we've become more of a community of friends than a fan-base.
I'm so glad that you've generously shared your friendship with us as well. We consider the handful of times that we've met you to have been very special moments for us - and the great part, is that we've gotten the impression that not only are you a great man but a good one as well.
So, at the risk of being repetitious, we say, "shine on, Gary Brooker!"
Bert and Carina Saraco, Franklin Square, NY
Happy Seventieth! It's comforting to know your about 8 years ahead of me as it makes me realize I should be able to do what I do well for at least eight more years. Cheryl and I also appreciate that your marriage to Franky took place four years before we got together. It's all good.
Now for the sappy, communal part: Thanks for forty eight years of inspirational music and the last many years you've made us feel like friends. Looking forward to many more years of The Commander driving the force that is Procol Harum.
With great respect and admiration,
Bob (Bub) and Cheryl
Honeoye Falls, New York
Bob Bourland. Texas, USA
I don’t think a day goes by where one or more Procol Harum songs doesn’t get played from my library. One might think I’m a bit obsessed …and they’re right! But fortunately a healthy obsession. I don’t believe it’s curable. All the PH music I listen to … and I STILL crave …
Can’t thank you enough for all the years of great music that so many folks…still, just don’t get. If they only knew…
Wishing you the Greatest, and Happiest Birthday
A Most Grateful Fan,
Bob Fontanetta (USA)
PS Great cause for a new Procol Harum CD, don’t ya’ think ?
A wonderful birthday to you Mr Brooker and a note of thanks for the absolute
pleasure you have given me, and countless others around the globe, with your
musical genius for over 50 years.
May you continue to shine on brightly for many years to come.
Bruce Willis from Australia
Happy Birthday Gary! Been fun following your work these 45 years.
Good health and good cheer!
Gettysburg PA USA
Happy Birthday, Gary!
I'm just taking the time to write you a few lines and feel so far behind. I keep forgetting my own fading memories but the following ones I will always remember.
In the autumn of my madness I saw glimpses of Nirvana. I saw Magdalene outside the gates of Cerdes and she wandered through the garden fence. I noticed something following me. It was a whiter shade of pale...beyond the pale. Someone told me the devil came from Kansas with all his fires which burnt brightly but I felt as strong as Samson albeit skating on thin ice. "Shine on brightly" - she uttered to me assertively. I knew how right she was but all I wanted was bringing home the bacon eight days a week. 'Twas teatime at the Circus and had to jump on my whisky train. "Wish me well" - I said holding on. Then, at the blink of an eye, I went past broken barricades, turned left to "The Worm and The Tree" pub and sharp on the right to the Grand Hotel where all our dreams are sold to fellow travellers. Good Captain Clack was there, rambling on whaling stories or a rum tale perhaps. Drunk again, without a doubt. "Look to your Soul" - I whispered to a salty dog seated nearby, dreaming along his twisted path and tortured course upon the seventh seasick day. "Repent Walpurgis" - he squawked back at me - and listen to my song for a dreamer. "You know" - he said - "there's a dream in ev'ry home...an old English dream of your own choice. Just learn to fly and meet strangers in space! At the end of the kaleidoscope you'll see Pandora's box and, inside, you'll either find a fresh fruit or some fool's gold. Go to the VIP room now, ask for the King of Hearts and search for the Emperor's new clothes, not just a robe of silk. You see...this world is rich...still there's so much boredom. The question is: 'What's the pursuit of happiness and the dead man's dream?'. Keep watching the pilgrim's progress, salad days are here again...one more time. Still there'll be more...yes, all this and more...but, remember, the truth won't fade away and you can't turn back the page. You are the idol and a wizard man with a mission. And quite rightly so!"
"Nothing that I didn't know and nothing but the truth, - I thought - really something magic!"
?Toujours l'amour, Conquistador!?
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Happy and Beautiful Birthday to you Gary!
Lots of Love to you ... always ...
With all my heart
Carole Dupuy x
Amazing to think that when I first saw the Paramounts you were just 20 and
already a seasoned musical performer.
I was just 14 and still two years from discovering Procol Harum, who would become a big part of my life. I remember at Uni being up against Fairport Convention, Led Zeppelin and Al Stewart in my flat, and all my friends still know of my enduring loyalty in "advocacy" for the band.
What a wonderful career you have had, based chiefly on a union with an unusual poet/lyricist, producing fine, classy, timeless music, with soul and blues at its roots.
But you have other strings to your bow - as a "guest pianist" and singer with any number of musical legends. Charity concerts. And there's always the fishing too!
What is strange that with your liking for fishing, the great outdoors and the whisky that you have not stepped on to a Scottish stage for such a long long time!
Maybe that might be something to do in your seventies? And you could discover a good lochside or mountain retreat to "find the muse" for a further record?
In 3 weeks I will be travelling down to the Ewhurst polo grounds, hoping again to hear a fine selection of your best music. I am sorry to miss the continental outings this year, but they are just before a big family wedding in East Lothian.
This comes of course with very best wishes for continuing health and happiness.
Charlie Allison, Brechin, Scotland.
Happy Happy Birthday Gary Booker!
Wishing You Many Many More
Lots Of Love
Have A Great Day
Charmaine Singh (USA)
Happy 70th birthday captain.
Long may you rock!
Chris and Vicki (Copping) xx
So thank you, Gary, for all your music.
Claire Margerison, UK.
A very happy birthday, Mr Brooker.
Your music, playing and vocals have given me enormous joy over the last fifty years. You ARE my musical hero. I meet you at Chris Copping's house in Melbourne, Australia, with my wife and daughter and – while I have tried to make it to the various PH Fans' conventions – this never seemed to eventuate
Anyway, have a great day and keep the music coming. You are appreciated all around the World
Australia … now living in Christchurch New Zealand
Happy Birthday, Gary.
Since 1970 Procol Harum has enriched my life with its music, voice and lyrics.
Hope the band will tour the NY/NJ area again.
Manchester, New Jersey, USA
Happy birthday Gary Brooker, from a long time
fan in Austin, Texas.
In the summer of 1970, when I was seventeen years old, I went to see Alvin Lee and Ten Years After in Houston. Procol Harum opened the show. All I knew about you was A Whiter Shade of Pale, a very nice song that had been played to death on FM radio. Not so with In Held 'Twas in I. I was completely converted that night. It was, to this day, the hands-down balls-to-the-wall best concert I ever went to.
Hey Gary! Congratulations! You are like a bottle of fine wine that keeps getting better with age.
Wishing you many more years of good health,
happiness and doing what you seem to really love best-playing your great
Syosset, NY, USA
Dear Mr Brooker,
On your "round" birthday we wish you from the heart all the best, the best of health und fun of playing und singing!
After many years I last fall your songs hear - it was very, very nice. In November 2014 we were just in London in "Dominion Theatre" - it was great! We hear the songs every day.
We look forward to our reunion on 23 July 2015 in Winterbach!
Mrs Elisabeth and Mr Marian Resnitzek
Brooklyn, NY. USA
Member in good standing of "The Homburg Society".
Music is the thing – and you’re the king!
Greetings from the Last Orchestra, Sweden (Picture, right ... we had no candles…)
Johan Ezra Hasselberg
Your music has been a very big influence in our lives over the decades;, Procol just keeps getting better every time Lorraine and I see you . It has been great having got to meet you and the other fellows over the years. You are always so wonderful and genorus !
Lorraine and I will share a toast of merlot tonight for your 70th to another 70!
Have a fantastic BIRTHDAY
Lorraine and Gary Celebre
Brooklyn, NY USA
I'd like to thank you (and Keith) for helping to broaden the horizons of music in the late '60s and early '70s.
It's back in the over-commercialised doldrums these days but if you look, listen and dig hard enough, there's still some wonderfully adventurous music out there (like this) to enjoy – which can be traced back inevitably to the amazingly rich material you wrote back then ...
Gary Haggarty (UK)
Gary, never met you but love your voice and music. A Whiter Shade of Pale
was the first record I bought and didn't even have a record player at the
time. It was played at my first wedding and no doubt will be at my funeral
I hope one day to meet you in person. Saw you at Civic Wolverhampton many, many years ago: loved the performance .
Hope you have great day
Happy Happy Birthday!
Here's wishing you the happiest and healthiest of birthdays Gary! You have been such a major musical influence to me since '67 and if it hadn't been for your wonderful compositions, vocals, and Procol Harum in its many iterations, I would not have kept music foremost in my life. It has also been an honor speaking with you and the band at length over the years, and on occasion having the pleasure of backing your vocals and performing for you at various Palers' Band festivals. Thank you for all your glorious music and inspiration through the years!
Happy Birthday Gary,
Wishing you the happiest of Birthday Cheer surrounded by Wonderful Family and Friends.
May you keep a song in your heart and a dance in your step!
George and Rita Martin
Best wishes from John and me. We first saw you in Glasgow 1973. Since then twelve times in another eight cities. And you improve with age like a fine wine.
All the best, or as we say here, slainte mhath.
Gordon and John
Isle of Mull
Birthday of one of the Greatest (with capital letter) singer-songwriter/ and Commander one of the best bands ever in pop history.
Gary, here from Voorburg Holland, Long
Live Love to you and Franky!
Happy 70th birthday and thank you for all of the wonderful music.
Ines Kindler from Germany
Happy birthday Gary Brooker.
Jan Roger Fundtaunet (Norway)
Wishing you a very happy birthday. Living on the 'wrong' side of the planet, I haven't seen you or played Palers' Band music as much and as recently as the rest of my family.
However, the times I have done are truly memorable, and it's always your voice I listen to to give me the feeling of being 'at home'.
All the best for a wonderful day.
Thank you, a BIG thank you, for your music.
Music that greatly influenced my life in a good way, as it influenced the life
for many other Procol Harum fans.
Thank you, a BIG thank you, for your generosity with us, the fans: your personality is as great and unique as your music.
Thank you, a BIG thank you for your professionalism and for helping us in our work with the website.
Thank you, a BIG thank you, for your friendship and for being the man you are.
All the best wishes for your day. Happy Birthday, a BIG happy birthday. May you shine on for many, many years to come, as your music will shine on forever.
Warm best wishes to you and Franky from Titti and me.
Jens from BtP
Happy birthday Gary Brooker
I've had many great concerts with Procol Harum in Denmark and Norway, First in KB Hallen in Copenhagen in 1970: I was 13. It was a wonderful occasion, I was hanging with people age 14 to 16, my first real concert experience. Wow it was fantastic, and it changed my life.
PH have been a great part of my life since then. Hope you will return to Norway then :)
You've been a huge part of my musical life since I was fifteen and as big an influence on me musically as anyone.
A big thrill for me was backing you up on organ when you sang Poison Ivy with The Palers' Band at their party in Lejre, Denmark back in '06.
Wishing you a wonderful birthday and many more healthy happy musical years.
All the best,
Jeremy Gilien (Los Angeles, USA)
Dear Gary, all the best for You!
Greetings from Germany!
FELICIDADES! And many more ...
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wishing you the best on your Birthday!
You have brought so much to my life, I wish there was a way I could pay you back!
May you always have Love, Peace and Happiness!
Sending a big hug from Cancun, Mexico !
PS please come to Mexico!S
You keep getting better and better as every year goes by. Love you!
Please say you will be in Boston next year!
Happy Birthday. Godbless!
Kathleen Leone (USA)
First, happy 70th birthday!
Jen and I wish you many more!
But most of all, thank you for your music and your willingness to perform for so many years. You have made many people very happy....especially us.
Kerry and Jen Holloway, New London, USA
Happy birthday, Mr Brooker. You still sound wonderful.
Associate Professor, Music Theory
University of Kentucky
Procol Harum has given me much enjoyment since 1967. I am 66 years old. AWSoP is the best song ever.
I flew from Cyprus to Manchester for the Hallé concert and also in London for the BBC concert recently .
I would like to be close to PH family.
May God keep you under his protection.
You deserve much more recognition than you currently enjoy nothing less than the Pink Floyd
Kyriacos Avraamides in Nicosia
Happy Birthday! I can't thank you enough for the many years of musical pleasure you have given to us all. Little did I realise when I first heard your voice on the radio in 1967, or when I went with Roland to my first Procol Harum gig 42 years ago, what a huge and wonderful impact you would have on our lives – and our children's! Long may it continue!
Do have an excellent and happy day, and we hope to see you again soon.
Very best wishes to you and Franky,
Linda Clare, Bristol UK
We salute the Captain and all his shipmates aboard the Salty Dog .We pay
tribute to Gary who has steered his ship through storms and sunnier climes
experiencing lulls along the way. The music most precious and joyous amidst the
The concern is I have bust my guts listening to your music for 48 years Gary, but there was no drugs shebangs or scandals. Otherwise we wouldn't be here Gary.
A hearty 70th from Lady Louise and Lord Jonathan Bellini
And we love you for always for the musical pleasures and delights proffered. We cut you some cake Gary! 70 candles" New lamps for old!
A very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gary...
Lynn - the blonde - (Diane's friend) - Maud's gang!
Thank you, and congratulations Gary!
To one of my favorite musicians ever.
God bless you as you complete 70 years . and may you have many, many more great ones.
You are 29 days older than I,
Gary - best wishes on this momentous occasion. Thanks for all the music!
Wappingers Falls, NY
Many Happy Returns. and many more to come.
Mike Masterson (UK)
Please wish The Commander a very Happy 70th Birthday from me!
Have a great birthday, keep doing special things,
Here it is my birthday message to Mr Gary Brooker. Sorry, is in Spanish, because I am from México.
He sido un gran admirador suyo desde hace muchos años. Creo que es uno de los mejores compositores de art rock. Por eso, me siento feliz que cumpla 70 años. Pero antes que nada, lo que deseo decirle es un enorme ¡GRACIAS! (A BIG THANK YOU)
Por toda la música que nos has compartido todos estos años, por hacer de este
mundo un lugar más feliz para tantas personas, por las horas de música que nos
has brindado, por ser la voz inconfundible de Procol Harum. En fin, podría
seguir y seguir, pero le estoy agradecido por toda la felicidad que me ha
brindado con su música.
De hecho, siempre traigo música de PH y suya en mi teléfono celular, para hacer más feliz mi trayecto al trabajo.
Saludos desde la Ciudad de México y...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR GARY BOOKER!
Happy 70th to the Commander!
Wishing you nonstop joy, love, health and blessings on this special birthday and for countless more years to come.
Thank you again, Gary, for being a hero, treasure and inspiration to so many of us.
Your voice still thrills and Procol will always be the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.
Pam Chwedyk in Chicago
Happy birthday Gary. Hope you're celebrating in style!
Love and best wishes.
Pam Quinn, UK
You (and Procol Harum) are truly the only artist(s) I would ever travel out of Kansas City to see in concert. I think (or hope) that says a lot about the special nature of what you and Keith and your band of hooligans have created.
All the best for several more great years of creativity and some more concerts here in the USA – and Kansas City even!
Happy 70th, Gary!
The art you have created has meant more to me than any other endeavour by any other artist, since I first heard your voice on the radio in May of 1967.
I hope you have a fantastic birthday celebration, accompanied by raucous music, scantily-clad dancers and copious amounts of fine alcohol!
Conversely, a quiet night at home with family or friends and retiring early
probably better suits folks of our advanced age!
All the best!
Gary, I hope you are having the happiest of birthdays on your 70th. I rediscovered your music about a year and a half ago listening to AWSoP in “Denmark” on line. Went back to your works of the 60s and 70s and the new.
Have listened to and watched and love it all. Your voice is never changing and magnificent. I am a huge fan. Your music got me through some tough times and I thank you for that.
So again, Happy Birthday and hoping you have many more.
My life would not be the same without your music.
All the best to you, dear Gary. I wish some day not too far in the future we could see Procol Harum live in Spain.
Pedro J López Quintana.
Many thanks and all the
best for a very happy birthday.
Peter Clare, Bristol
Phil Sartori Happy 70th Mate! You may never know how much you and Procol Harum have influenced my musical tastes and enjoyment.
It gave me great pleasure to invite friends over to preview your music, which I still merrily hum along to on a frequent basis.
Hope you're around for quite some time so we can see "the real deal'
Ahoy;-) Phil Sartori (USA)
Dear Maestro of The Eternal Music.
Hope you liked the heading. Turning 70 is something I hope to do by the end of the next 8-9 years. Until then I will play my Procol Harum and Gary Brooker albums as I have been doing since Day 1 in 1967.
All the best to you and your wife. Shine on!
From Ragnar Soeberg in Norway
Happy birthday Gary Brooker,
Thanks to have so much patience in playing A Whiter Shade of Pale
My favourite, Live at the Union Chapel; a wonderful combination of your melancholic voice, organ and words
near Rotterdam, Holland
Your life, your marriage, and your music remain an affirmation of all that makes life on this planet a blessing.
Take the day off and then get on with it. Your
legacy is far from done.
Happy Birthday Gary for today and many more !
from Richard Kierton
currently living in Buxton UK
I think I have every recording -- commercial and otherwise, audio and visual
-- you've ever done. I honestly feel the integrity of the body of your work
is Pantheon-worthy with the other few greats in modern music. I've only seen
Procol five times live after starting to listen in earnest since the day
Grand Hotel came out. I adopted Procol as my band and have worn your music
with personal pride. When I first saw you in Rome at the tennis stadium, you
were in the wings and for a short second, made eye contact with me in the
first row. I dragged my children to the show because they'd heard your music
their entire life and know my "collection." Imagine your reaction if you'd
had a similar minute interaction with Ray Charles or Bobby Bland or Elvis or
whomever. It was a moment I’ll never ever forget. My all-time, A1 musical
hero smiled at me. Wow. Incredibly for me, a mere few weeks later, I saw
Procol at the Fillmore and it happened again. Over the moon!
I teach in a Catholic school in San Francisco and have played Within Our House numerous times (very loudly!) in church. There's yet another generation that has been profoundly moved by your voice and spirit.
Thanks are all I have, but it's not enough for the absolute joy you've provided.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy for you deserve all best wishes and happiness. God bless you, Gary!
Brisbane, CA USA
Have a great year ahead.
Have a wonderful and joyful birthday. Your music has been so inspiring and powerful, that it is hard to put into words how much it has meant to me. Your music is timeless and your voice just keeps getting better with age ( like fine wine). Procol Harum has always had a special place in my heart and I look forward to following your career for years to come. Keep playing, keep writing and keep singing. Shine on!
Robert A. Kloner MD, PhD
(formerly known as Disc Jockey #6). (USA)
Happy Birthday Gary.
We are blessed to have your artistry as part of our lives.
Dear Commander Brooker,
We last met at Procol Harum's concert (with Yes) in San Jose.
For your birthday we have secured two Celebrity Guest Passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for your next visit, and hope you return here soon.
Happy Birthday !
You have a very great day!
From Roger Johnson
Salt Lake City, USA
Just to wish you the very best for your birthday, and many happy returns.
Your magic ability – to write and perform material that every listener feels is speaking solely to them – paradoxically unites a great band of admirers who enjoy realising that in fact it doesn't ... it speaks to all of us, right across the United Nations of Music. This has given so many people great and lasting friendships and fun, in addition to our decades-long admiration for your singing, playing, mysterious wit and showmanship: so, a thousand thanks for everything!
I hope you enjoy 2015's upcoming performances with your great musical allies,
and that there will be many more splendid events to look forward to in years to
All the best to you and Franky,
Roland from BtP
Happy Birthday, Gary. Best wishes to
Thank you from a fan who first saw the Band at the Concert in Stuttgart / Germany together with the Bee Gees in 1968.
See you in Winterbach/Germany ... Shine on.
Rolf Kindler (Germany)
To an amazing songwriter,
singer, piano player, arranger -
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY!!
From Ronnie D'Addario
Happy birthday Gary. Enjoy this
I want to wish you a Happy 70th Birthday! Thank you and Procol Harum for the many hours of listening pleasure you have provided me over the last 25 years.
I was glad to be able to see you in Boston in 2010 and 2012. There's something understated but profoundly moving about the music.
I was happy to see that Procol Harum received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It gave me a chance to brag about how great band you are.
Gary - happy birthday. Thanks for all the music: it’s been a great part of my
I first saw Procol Harum at Sheffield City Hall in, I think, 1975. We were on the front row and had some good banter with BJ.
Also saw you in the outdoor gig in Museum Gardens in York (1977 I'd say supported by Pat Travers Band).
It was prophetic in 2012 when you guys played at the Paramount in Denver the day before I moved back to England after living there 2½ years!
The great triumph was the Dominion gig last year. I had never tried to brainwash my wife – her idea of music is Westlife – anyway I brought my wife and daughter to the gig and they loved it!
Thanks for the music and the memories. Hope you are still ‘Strong as Samson’.
Happy 70th birthday ... and thank you for the life-changing music over the years.
It is a part of me.
Tim Renaud (USA)
Happy Birthday. Thank you for all the great
What do you give someone who has given so many great gifts.
Happy Birthday Gary!
Procol was my favorite band for a very long time. With Cerdes, Repent Walpurgis and In Held 'Twas In I ... you started progressive rock!
I just always took a liking to your music. You're gifted, yet humble.
To another 70 years!
Tom Peeke from Kansas City
(The devil came from Kansas)
Happy Birthday from Italy, Great Gary!
One of the best musicians of the last fifty years.
I grow up with your music, and finally I'll be able to attend your concert in Bellinzona, Switzerland, next July 24th.
I hope you have a magnificent 70th birthday!
I've been a fan of your music since your first album in the 60s...and still listen often.
Thank you for bringing such pleasure to the world...
Enjoy your day,
Vivien Perge Eisenstat (USA)
I and my Brother Klaus wish you a happy Birthday and all the best .
Werner Wingerter from Germany
thanks for all the music, it's been a joy and an amazing journey and experience, with hopefully more to come.
Best regards from Australia.
Will (Pumpkin Joe)
Dear Mr. Brooker,
May your 70th birthday be a joyous one. I would also like to thank you for all your wonderful music. It has been an important part of my life.
You’re still in good voice, I will remind you that Col. Harlan Sanders (yes, the chicken guy) said “A man will rust out faster than he wears out”.
Bless you… come back to America.
If I had an address I'd send you a gift !
Happy birthday Gary !
Long live at you and Procol Harum !
A great fan since 1967 from Belgium.
Gary Brooker's page at 'Beyond the Pale'