These excerpts from New Musical Express, kindly selected for 'Beyond the Pale' by Yan Friis, show poll-successes for A Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum and Gary Brooker: but it was never to be the same again.
Front page: Full page advertisement for 4 Philips and 4 Fontana albums (including Scott Walker, Joan Baez, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield and Country Joe & The Fish).
Main feature headlines:
MEET A BEE GEE - No 3 Nick Logan meets the guitarist who's played in 29 groups! ... VINCE MELOUNEY
WE'RE NOT A FIVE-HEADED MONSTER SAYS HIS SATANIC MAJESTY MICK by Keith Altham
DAVE CLARK'S NEW PENTHOUSE PAD
Tipped for charts by Derek Johnson:
The Small Faces, Tin Soldier
Bobbie Gentry, Okolona River Bottom Band
NME Top 5:
1 (3) Hello, Goodbye, Beatles
2 (1) Let The Heartache Begin, Long John Baldry
3 (2) Everybody Knows, Dave Clark Five
4 (8) Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, Gene Pitney
5 (6) If The Whole World Stopped Loving, Val Doonican
Procol related excerpts from New Musical Express Poll Supplement:
BRITISH VOCAL GROUP
BEST NEW GROUP
NEW DISC SINGER
|2||Long John Baldry||4987|
BEST BRITISH DISC THIS YEAR
|1||Procol Harum A Whiter Shade Of Pale||5000|
|2||Beatles All You Need Is Love||3823|
|3||Bee Gees Massachusetts||2736|
... Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale a definite Best British Disc winner.
... Credit to the Tremeloes big comeback is their 3rd place, with Procol Harum slipping into 4th above Jimi Hendrix (who seems to appear in every section! - actually only NINE!)...
... It is interesting to see that lead singers of groups occupied the lower 7th to 10th places - Gary Brooker, Dave Davies, Peter Frampton and Robin Gibb.
Best British Disc
Best British Disc title was won easily by the Procol Harum's dreamy near-classical A Whiter Shade of Pale, a disc which won them International honours with their first release.
| Cable from PROCOL HARUM
DB58 10.15 London T 26
New Musical Express 15 Long Acre WC2
SINCEREST THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED FOR MAKING A WHITER SHADE OF PALE TOP BRITISH SINGLE OF 1967
= PROCOL HARUM + 1
(Procol Harum is also one of many artists mentioned in EMI's half page congratulations ad. They are also mentioned in Decca's ad, thanks to A Whiter Shade Of Pale.)
Box Tops' The Letter / Neon Rainbow album reviewed by Allen Evans:
It includes the wistful sounds of A Whiter Shade of Pale.
Read more from the first year of Procol press