Procol Harum

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1992 (The 1993 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2013   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2026 (ranked #248) .

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Procol Harum (1967)
A Salty Dog (1970)

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A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)
Conquistador (1967)

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Will Procol Harum be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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This is just a note from a Procol Harum fan, one who is totally bewildered as to why this band is not yet in the R'n R Hall of Fame. Procol gave us ten solid years of rich and intelligent songwriting, impeccable musicianship, and several of the most readily-recognizable tunes of the 60s-70s era, all fronted by one of the most distinctive voices in rock...That they are still not in the Hall, even though they've been eligible for over 15 years, seems to me a terrible injustice to a great and influential band.
I recently got around to replacing all of my well-worn Procol Harum LPs with CDs. In so doing, I had the opportunity to rediscover the band and to re-examine their body of work with older, wiser ears, and a musician's ears at that. There is no doubt in my mind that Procol has stood the test of time and richly deserves the recognition they have too long been denied.
I thank you for your consideration.

Posted by Bill Ihling on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 09:21am

Liam...what do you think of Robin Trower? I guess I'm surprised that he's not even mentioned as a solo act. Another guy who's been out there rockin' forever. "Bridge Of Sighs" really is a classic.

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.6.08 @ 19:56pm

Their first hit song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was based on a Classical peice rather than a Rock or Blues peice. And the first Epic song "In Held 'Twas In I" was a breakthrough that later brought other Epic Songs. And you pit in Madonna?! That the $%#& is wrong here?!

Posted by Paul Warren on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 08:27am

Procol Harum were an amazingly unique band from 1967 through to 1972. The classic line up produced 3 exceptional musicians, Robin Trower who went and swapped his Gibson Les Paul for a Strat and a career playing huge Arena's. Matthew Fisher whose sublime Hammond organ and writing featured heavily on the first 3 classic Procol Harum albums, as well as penning the Organ melody (the main melody) of A Whiter Shade Of Pale. He also produced the first 2 of Robin Trower's albums, including the million selling album Bridge of Sighs. Last but no means least, was their drummer B.J. (Barrie) Wilson, who like Robin hailed from the Paramounts (pre Procol Harum). An incredibly gifted and versatile drummer who understood the grammar and punctuation of rock drumming, heavily influenced by jazz drummers, this guy was amazing to watch.

After Fisher and Trower left, BJ Wilson helped keep the Good Ship Procol Harum afloat for a good few more years.

A unique band who deserves more aclaim than they have got.

Keith Reid - wrote the words (and amazing ones too). Gary Brooker plays the keys and sung in a baritone growly bluesy tone (great vocals).

Posted by avrillo on Saturday, 07.19.08 @ 15:00pm

How do they just have 63% yes?!

This is outrageous, this group needs more votes.

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 16:00pm


Posted by TheGreatest on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 10:42am

"The Devil Came From Kansas; where he went to I can't say"

The Devil is in Cleveland running this horror show called the Hall of Fame.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Tuesday, 10.14.08 @ 07:20am

The year is 1969

The album is "A Salty Dog"

The song is "Crucifiction Lane"

Greatest song of all time.

Posted by Franek on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 14:17pm

I still can't decide, after 30 years whether I like "Whiter Shade of Pale" or "Conquistador" better

Posted by Guy From Seattle on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 14:23pm

Gosh, one of the first prog bands should definately be in!

Posted by Quiet Riot on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 19:53pm

I cannot take seriously an organization that has overlooked Procol Harum for 16 years. I honestly believe that this band rearranged my molecules when I was a teenager - and not because of any drugs I might or might not have been doing.


Posted by estivator on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 13:55pm

I cannot believe their exclusion, so far. They have a place in rock history, no doubt about that. They have great popularity in the US, in Europe - possibly even more than the UK. They played festivals, the played with orchestras 9notably in Canada and at Hollywood Bowl) they had 10 albums from 67-77, then reformed for two more in the 90s and 00s. and they are still playing!!! A new live album from Italy is available for download and an orchestral DVD is to be released in 2009, after a Xmas Day broadcast in Denmark, where it was recorded.
Gary Brooker is a monumental pianist and friend of great musicians like Harrison and Clapton. He played on My Sweet Lord you know. Check out the brilliant Concert for George DVD to see Gary's contribution to an epic show. And songwriter Keith Reid had a great CD out in 2008, with several vocalists singing his songs. Wonderful.

There are great names in the Hall of Fame. And a lot of lesser ones, usually American. The omitted headline names are a continuing shame to your objectivity. Heavens, the Queen has given Gary an honour (MBE), so wake up guys!!

Posted by Charles ALLISON on Friday, 01.23.09 @ 13:09pm

Procol's records in the late 60's and early 70's stand the test of time. These guys wrote great melodies, sang beautifully, played their instruments with skill and were a live act not to be believed unless you saw them with the original lineup.

One of the highlights of my youth when I was an avid concert-going was going to see Ten Years After around 1971 and having the luck to see Procol Harum play before TYA. I wasn't that familiar with their music other than hearing stuff like "A Salty Dog" which was played alot on the radio then. I kind of stereotyped them as a band that played classical music and was overproduced. I didn't know that there was a real genuine rock band behind all those strings and chorus's.

What a shock it was when they came on stage playing "Still There Will Be More" and then "Whaling Stories". These guys were overpowering on the stage. I can't forget to this day how I sat there hypnotized by their sound. Trower was really out front in the band and he was playing guitar with some of the best licks I had ever heard, including Dave Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Richie Blackmore. His playing that evening in my opinion was superior to Alvin Lee's. Great drumming. The organ in "Shine On Brightly" was mesmorizing.

After that show I got into their backlog and realized that this was a supergroup with a brilliant sound that influenced future bands like Supertramp and bands at the time like The Band.

Undoubtably they are Hall of Fame material. George Harrison loved "A Salty Dog". Gary Brooker played on John Lennon's "Imagine". Lennon's "summer of love" in '67 has been documented that he drove around in his rolls tripping on LSD listening to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale."

The Beatles loved them. The RRHOF just doesn't get them.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 13:16pm

This is a band for time immemorial. This is one of those groups like the Beatles that is a product of their time but yet transcends it. Procol Harum are arguably the most successful of all rock bands in merging classical elements with the raw energy of rock and roll. Their hypnotic, majestic, funereal music and lyrics stand the test of time. What a travesty that the nominating committees have never inducted this band into the hall of fame.

Here is a suggestion, start a new society and organizing body as the RRHoF has become purely irrelevant as an arbiter for the historical validity, import and influence of major artists in the history of pop music since the fifties. As the previous commentator noted, this is a group that the Beatles aspired to being like yet is persona non grata to the hall of fame.

Posted by JD on Friday, 04.24.09 @ 08:34am

Brooker wrote majestic melodies.

Keith Reid's words took us to places unknown.

Robin's 6 strings stung like a wasp.

Matthew Fisher's organ swelled like the infinite waves of the oceans.

BJ Wilson held it all together.

PH were in many of our eyes a supergroup. I saw many great bands in their peaks perform and PH were every bit as good as The Who's, The Moody Blues, the Pink Floyds and many other Brit groups that dominated the early 70's concert scene.

Arty music with a twist of rock and symphony.

Posted by ed on Tuesday, 04.28.09 @ 17:53pm

The founders of progressive-rock. They were releasing material of that genre before the Moody Blues went prog(thier first album isn't progressive), before the Nice, before King Crimson, so yes they are the first progressive band. Inventing a sub-genre within the genre of rock n roll is deserving of induction.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 07.20.09 @ 23:31pm

Could take or leave them, but I like both "Whiter Shade Of Pale" and "Conquistador", so I guess go for it.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.21.09 @ 18:00pm

My brother once thought "Sunshine Of Your Love" was by Procol Harum. It's by Cream. Here are two Procol/Cream connections:

Jack Bruce has collaborated with Robin Trower on a few albums.
Gary Brooker co-wrote the title track to Eric Clapton's 1981 album "Another Ticket"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 04:17am

Absolutely Procol Harum should be in or nominated at the very least, they were arguably the world's first prog band (they had formed/released albums before both the Nice and King Crimson had formed and before the Moody Blues went progressive). They pioneered symphonic rock and the twin keyboard approach (even before Spooky Tooth adopted this approach). The very fact they've been previously considered is impressive based on the Hall's past refusal to acknowledge prog, maybe it's the undisputed timeless appeal of songs like "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Conquistador" at work there.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 04:33am

I'll add that I'm pleased to see the 38% Induction chances

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 04:34am

The fact that Procol Harum has been ignored it criminal if it were not for them there would be no Moody Blues, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer or Alan Parsons Project, Nuff said.

Posted by Stephanie Campbell on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 19:57pm

What they said.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 08:14am

Classic Rock Magazine listed their debut as one of the 50 Albums that built Prog.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 08:15am

I still can't decide, after 32 years whether I like "Whiter Shade of Pale" or "Conquistador" better

Posted by Guy on Wednesday, 01.26.11 @ 06:35am

betcha those 16 vestal virgins are behind this band's exclusion from the Hall . . . sneaky lil' devils they are . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 04:19am

I agree with all the comments, but an even bigger travesty is that PH has not one mention on the Rolling Stone list of 500 best rock albums. Their first three were masterpieces and later ones quite good as well. It's really amazing to me.

Posted by marcus on Sunday, 03.6.11 @ 23:24pm

I think Procol Harum's nomination or induction chances might be hurt by the fact that their name is similar to the Nigerian Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 01.8.12 @ 11:54am

I'm thinking perhaps not, as it was only within the space of the last ten minutes that I even knew a terrorist group called Boko Haram even existed on this planet.

I'm banking that Wenner and the Nom Com, for all their faults, may not know this information either.

Let's hope this is the case.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 01.8.12 @ 12:01pm

Maybe the "Harum" part of the name came from Elvis' 1965 film, "Harum Scarum" Also, Procol Harum is an anagram for "Corporal Hum"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 00:19am

I hope they get in

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 11.14.12 @ 16:53pm

I had voted for them last year. Do I think that they deserve to be inducted? Absolutely.

Did they really precede The Moody Blues as a co-founder of Progressive rock?

Or did they more or less, invent this genre at about the same time as others, namely Jefferson Airplane and The Moody Blues?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 11.29.13 @ 07:45am

Forty six years ago, something amazing had happened. Rock groups had decided to incorporate new influences into their music. Whether or not, this revolution was sparked by the ingestion of L.S.D. Is entirely speculative.

Procol Harum had released a hit single, 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale,' based upon a work by Johann Sebastian Bach, much to the chagrin of critics who had felt that this incorporation of Baroque, Classical and Romantic styles was a betrayal to the roots of rock & roll. After all, did not Chuck Berry sing a song entitled, 'Roll Over Beethoven?'

However, "progressive rock" was born, and regardless of whether or not, the critics wanted to wish it away; it was here to stay. At around the same time, The Moody Blues had been working on their stage show, Grace Slick had joined Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles were recording "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band," Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention were doing their thing and The Nice was just starting out, so there was a great deal of musical innovation occurring at this time.

Even so, Procol Harum was constantly innovating. Gary Brooker had that remarkable soulful voice, Robin Trower's guitar work was phenomenal, Keith Reid's surrealistic lyrics were mind expanding and Matthew Fisher's Hammond Organ was ethereal.

Procol Harum had been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame back in October, 2012; this was only 20 years later than when they were first eligible. In my honest opinion, Procol Harum does indeed deserve induction for writing so many great songs and for having the chutzpah to do what they wanted to do, as such, their work was revolutionary and deserves to be acknowledged accordingly. Of course, out of the 15 nominees for induction last year, I had chosen the following 5 artists: Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Procol Harum.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 11:33am

I think it's possible Procol Harum receives a 2015 Nomination and 2016 Induction. They fit some of the coveted slots as they originated in the 60's and early prog. A Procol Harum selection would be smart. Many of the FRL fans have Moody Blues or YES receiving prog slot but Procol Harum might be the choice. A Whiter Shade of Pale definitely a Classic song and one of the best ever. It helps that some of the Procol Harum members are still alive in late 60's now early 70's. They will be able to receive their induction. Listened to Salty Dog last night. Excellent song! I would vote for Procol Harum if nominated on the RRHOF fan ballot. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 09.12.15 @ 19:11pm

I see some similarities with Procol Harum and Deep Purple. Both were leaders and originators in their music fields. Procol Harum-Progressive Rock & Deep Purple-Heavy Rock/Metal. Originated around the same time 1967 & 1968. Both groups had excellent musicians on all their instruments & had important classic songs. They went on hiatus around the same time. 1976-1977 time frame. Deep Purple & Chicago's 2016 induction should help Procol Harum move to the top of the snub list and land a 60's group slot on the ballot. I guess The Zombies, Moody Blues, Procol Harum would be 3 of the best bets to find a way on the ballot from the 60's groups. Tommy James & The Shondells too. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 12.24.15 @ 17:10pm

Procol Harum was nominated once before but they should have been inducted years ago. The Prog Rock Genre has trouble getting inducted. I find that strange since many of the great inducted artists are from the 70's time frame. They might have even played gigs with these groups. A Whiter Shade Of Pale is a Classic song. The catalogue of Procol Harum songs is rich and outstanding. Crucifiction Lane, A Salty Dog, Conquistador,Pandora's Box to name a few. Many of the Procol Harum group are still alive and deserve induction. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 02.4.16 @ 00:21am


I had voted for Procol Harum when they had first appeared on the nomination ballot back in October, 2012. Procol Harum would be a great nominee to represent early prog during the upcoming 50th anniversary of the "Summer Of Love." My favorite song by Procol Harum is 'Grand Hotel,' followed closely by the live symphonic version of 'Conquistador' and 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale.'

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 02.4.16 @ 08:32am

I'm hoping Procol Harum receives a nomination in 2016. Many of the great musicians are dying out recently in their late 60's and early 70's. YES had their chance and could not get voted in last few years. Time to give Moody Blues and Procol Harum a chance. Moody Blues gets on the ballot and they will be inducted. Game, Set, and Match. A Whiter Shade Of Pale was such a Classic song that should help Procol Harum with a Nomination. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 02.11.16 @ 22:15pm

Personally, I really hope they *don't* get inducted as I know what the inevitable consequence would be! Interesting that nobody born before 1945 is listed on this site. A much more deserving inductee would be the great Neil Sedaka who influenced far more people than the Beastie Boys and Stevie Ray Vaughn put together.

Posted by Matthew Fisher on Saturday, 03.26.16 @ 10:36am

Neil Sedaka over the Beastie Boys and SRV, hahahahaha, no.

Posted by Gassman on Saturday, 03.26.16 @ 20:00pm

Since we are now approaching the 50th anniversary of the birth of "progressive rock," I think that the time has definitely arrived for us to recognize their co-founders: The Moody Blues and Procol Harum.

Both of these bands were influential, innovative and helped rock music to move forward, rather than staying stagnant.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 12.23.16 @ 13:16pm


Yes, artists of the progressive rock genre have definitely had problems being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. However, since Rush had been inducted in 2013, the Rock Hall has nominated Yes three times and will finally induct Yes into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017.

However, inducting just one major "progressive rock" artist from 1996 (Pink Floyd) until 2010 (Genesis) had created this backlog. For a genre that is extremely important, influential, relevant, popular and is rapidly nearing it's 50 year anniversary, this is hardly acceptable. But the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is a private organization and are entitled to do what they want. However, the economics of inducting artists of the aforementioned genre probably would help to increase their coffers.

In my honest opinion, Procol Harum and The Moody Blues definitely deserve inductions for being the co-founders of "prog."

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 12.28.16 @ 14:48pm

Repent Walpurgis and Whiter Shade invented a form of rock that In Held Twas In I further developed.This in not merely influential but groundbreaking.

Posted by John on Sunday, 01.1.17 @ 15:21pm


Yes I do agree that all of the co-founders of "progressive rock" and "art rock" definitely deserve to be renominated and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018. Of course, I would definitely support Procol Harum's induction, as well as that of The Moody Blues

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.1.17 @ 17:40pm

Procol Harum has been previously nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Will they receive another long overdue nomination and induction later this year?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.9.17 @ 11:16am

I certainly think that Procol Harum will receive their second nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame later this year. What, do you think?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.23.17 @ 03:40am

Unfortunately, I have not written extensively about Procol Harum, either.

My first posting about Procol Harum was actually much later, than I had thought:

I had voted for them last year. Do I think that they deserve to be inducted? Absolutely.

Did they really precede The Moody Blues as a co-founder of Progressive rock?

Or did they more or less, invent this genre at about the same time as others, namely Jefferson Airplane and The Moody Blues?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 11.29.13 @ 07:45am

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 09.26.17 @ 14:15pm

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