Ragnar Søberg from Elverum writes to 'Beyond
the Pale' (February 2009):
Great to see my GB-on-guitar-photo from 1974 on the Procol-site. This tremendous success leaves me no choice; I must send you my second photo of GB playing guitar on Monsieur R Monde from the same concert (Njårdhallen, Oslo, 30 October 1974). This time you will see Mick Grabham in the background. As a bonus I enclose Gary heeling the last chord of A Whiter Shade of Pale from the same concert. Then the roof took off, and Njårdhallen has never been the same again. I have been to many Procol Harum concerts, but this one is the greatest. Play Exotic Birds and Fruit on full volume, and you're nearly there."
The great BJ Wilson, doing his thing
And again in black-and-white
Grabham and Brooker, guitars. Gary's leather jacket is offered for sale! Click here
Tuning up ... Chris Copping joins in on second guitar. Unusually far upstage for Alan Cartwright,
and note BJ's low drum-throne. Monitors look large and very generalised
Gary Brooker's heel concludes A Whiter Shade of Pale. Gary's leather jacket is offered for sale! Click here
Brooker and Cartwright, frets. Gary's leather jacket is offered for sale! Click here
Mick Grabham with his Les Paul, and glimpses of Alan Cartwright (not using a pick on this occasion) and Chris Copping
Procol's fine bassist makes an announcement
Ragnar writes 'The fantastic BJ Wilson should
of course have been on top of any poll, but
people forget fast.
I never found out how he could hit his drums so hard and precise from his low position.
He certainly deserved a sip of something afterwards ...'