Rockers Pay Tribute to Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker

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As news of the passing of Procol Harum leader Gary Brooker arrived, many rockers, and other celebrities who were touched by his music, paid tribute to the singer, keyboardist and songwriter. Brooker died of cancer on February 19, 2022, at age 76.

The musician was one of many prominent alums of the All Starr Band.

It turns out that Brooker and his wife, Frankie, served as baby sitters when George Martin and his wife, Judy, were away.

Another Beatles-related post; this one from Alan Parsons, who wrote, “I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Gary Brooker. I had worked with Procol Harum in my early years as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road, and many years later he sang what became one of my all-time favorite APP songs – Limelight. He sang it again with me and the band on the On The Blue Cruise in 2019. He was a superb artist and he will be greatly missed.”

From the BBC’s “Whispering Bob” Harris…

From longtime Jethro Tull guitarist, Martin Barre. “I am devastated to hear of the passing of Gary Brooker. I have known him throughout my career, and the highlight for myself was to tour with him, and play amongst other songs ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. He radiated charm and talent, and I am proud to have been near him. My deepest condolences to Frankie, their family and the band.”

Steve Winwood wrote, “Gary was an inspired singer, a very capable musician and writer of the iconic ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.’

“I recorded this with Carlos Santana no more than a few [months] ago, and we both realised what an intricate, beautiful song it is. He will be greatly missed.”

Colin Blunstone of the Zombies wrote, “So very sorry to hear the sad news about Gary Brooker. He was a wonderful artist and a great character. I will never forget seeing his wonderful performances many times over the years and really enjoying his company back stage. Great music lives forever!!!”

From actor-comedian Richard Lewis…

From noted filmmaker John Carpenter…

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  1. Gagdad Bob
    #1 Gagdad Bob 23 February, 2022, 17:55

    All of the two- and three-disc deluxe editions of their catalogue on Esoteric Recordings are well worth acquiring. I was a fan before, but these reissues gave me an even deeper level of respect.

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