Sam Behrend alerts BtP to this online story from America:
psychedelic classic A Whiter Shade of Pale has just been named
Britain's most-played song in public places in the past 75 years,
beating out Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and All I Have to Do Is
Dream by The Everly Brothers. The song spent six weeks at the top of
the charts when it was released in 1967. Last year, it caused
an angry lawsuit over royalties
involving its haunting and memorable organ solo.
There's even a new incarnation of the song by British singer Paul Potts, who won 2007's reality talent show Britain's Got Talent. Potts's new CD is full of covers of famous pop tunes, translated into Italian. He sings an adaptation called Senza Luce, or "Without Light." It's a song that raises the question: Do the lyrics possibly make any less sense in Italian than they do in English?
The picture shows Keith Reid and Tony Secunda in 1967
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