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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|A Salty Dog (1970)||☆||♫||♁|
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|A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)||☆||♫||☊|
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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.
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.
Posted by avrillo on Saturday, 07.19.08 @ 15:00pm
How do they just have 63% yes?!
Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 16:00pm
PROCOL HARUM MUST BE INDUCTED
Posted by TheGreatest on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 10:42am
"The Devil Came From Kansas; where he went to I can't say"
Posted by blah-blah-blah on Tuesday, 10.14.08 @ 07:20am
The year is 1969
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.
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.
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.
Posted by JD on Friday, 04.24.09 @ 08:34am
Brooker wrote majestic melodies.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 12.23.16 @ 13:16pm
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
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.1.17 @ 17:40pm
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