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Ray Royer

8 October 1945, The Pinewoods, Essex

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Main instrument: Guitar

Records: Whiter Shade of Pale / Lime Street Blues (45 RPM)

Left after AWSoP to form Freedom with Bobby Harrison.

Tunes Music Network on Ray Royer

Ray Royer's musical legacy with Procol Harum

Royer and Freedom on film: a page about the Tinto Brass movie, Black on White

Don't look back

This enigmatic image is one of a set kindly sent to BtP in October 2002 by Claes Johansen, author of the Procol Harum biography.

We seem to be at a market of some sort (the numerous boots are presumably for sale ... they're not all about to do a Pythonic demolition job of the Procol guitarist).

Ray himself in an incongruously showy shirt is leaning against a cage of the type in which chickens are commonly exhibited. The next item is a folding bed ... the market is miscellaneous to say the very least.

Royer himself seems to be clutching a camera and is looking back beyond the present photographer. In his turn he seems to be being scrutinised by a rather appealing young woman while, to their left, a doleful procession could it be refugees of some sort? makes its way alongside some ominous vans, parked just this side of an impenetrable-looking fence.

A true Procol Harum scene, in fact.


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