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The British Invasion

This Group is dedicated to The British Invasion which began in the early 60's with the Beatles success in America.

Their groundbreaking talent and Fan following led to an influx of Bands and Singers, Male & Female, onto not only the British and American market, but throughout the world.

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Procol Harum

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Based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the Paramounts, led by Gary Brooker and Robin Trower and including Chris Copping and B. J. Wilson, scored a moderate British success in 1964, with their version of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Poison Ivy", which reached number 35 in the UK Singles Chart.

Unable to generate any follow-up success, the group disbanded in 1966.

The Paramounts were signed to EMI UK for their releases; until one day before Procol Harum linked with EMI UK again, they were called the Pinewoods.

A last-minute offer from Chris Blackwell's fledgling Island Records label was given the thumbs down by Brooker and band.

At Olympic Studios, with session drummer (and non-Paramount) Bill Eyden, producer Denny Cordell, and sound engineer Keith Grant, the group recorded "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and it was released on 12 May 1967.

With a structure reminiscent of Baroque music, a countermelody based on J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite N° 3 in D Major by Fisher's Hammond organ, Brooker's soulful vocals and Reid's mysterious lyrics, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and the Canadian RPM Magazine chart.

It did almost as well in the United States, reaching No. 5.

In Australia, it was No. 1 for many weeks, setting a record of 8 weeks in Melbourne.

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