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Beyond
the Pale

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Court Battle Beyond the Pale

Paul Cheston in London Lite, 13 November 2006


Nearly 40 years after Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale hit No. 1, its haunting melody resounded round Court 56 of the High Court today. The song is the centre of a bitter legal struggle over 1 million royalties from the classic hit which sold more than 10 million copies.

Gary Brooker, officially as the composer with lyric writer Keith Reid, is being sued by Matthew Fisher, who claims to have written the evocative
organ solo and melody. The case is expected to last all week - no doubt to the delight of the judge, Mr Justice Blackburne, who read music and
law at Cambridge and indicated that out of hours he would be playing himself the Yamaha organ installed in the court to compare chords and melody structure in the classic song.
 

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