Gary Brooker, the frontman of 1960s rock band Procol Harum, has died at the age of 76, his record label has confirmed. The pianist, composer and lyricist as well as frontman for the band had been treated for cancer. He died peacefully at home at the weekend.
Gary was the lead singer of the Alan Parsons Project track ‘Limelight’. He was a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in 1997 and 1999 and was also a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
Gary Brooker performed The Beatles’ ‘Old Brown Show’ at the memorial for George Harrison Concert for George. He had played on George’s ‘All Things Must Pass’, ‘Gone Troppo’ and ‘Somewhere In England’ albums.
The musician, who co-wrote the band’s 1967 classic which came to define the “Summer of Love,” lost his battle with cancer Saturday, according to his surviving bandmates.
“His first single with Procol Harum, 1967’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, is widely regarded as defining the ‘summer of love’, yet it could scarcely have been more different from the characteristic records of that era.
In addition to having a “multilingual family of fans,” as Procol Harem put it, Brooker was a musician’s musician, collaborating with the likes of Eric Clapton, the Rhythm Kings and Bill Wyman, with Ringo’s All-Starrs, and as a contributor to solo projects with Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
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