These excerpts from New Musical Express, kindly selected for 'Beyond the Pale' by Yan Friis, show Procol Harum's entry into the Top 3 in the UK charts.
Front: A full page advertisement for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper claiming: 'Remember Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is The Beatles.'
Top 3 on the NME charts:
1 (1) Silence Is Golden, The Tremeloes
2 (2) Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
3 (11) A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Procol Harum
Tipped for the charts by Derek Johnson:
Small Faces, Here Come The Nice
Cream, Strange Brew
Traffic, Paper Sun
Cliff Richard, I’ll Come Running
Tailpieces by the Alley Cat:
Procol Harum racing certainty to replace Tremeloes at chart-top… seriously, Deram’s Tony Hall has a cat with Procol Harum pedigree … Paul Jones considers new Procol Harum hit a cross between Percy Sledge and Alan Price …
Read more from the first year of Procol press in its chart context