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Whiter Shade Of Pale – Most Trippy Song Of The ’60s?

Whiter Shade of Pale – most trippy song of the ’60s?

I’ve always felt A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum is the song that most clearly defines everything the ’60s represented.

It’s always been my go-to ’60s song when someone asks me to pick a fave from the era. (Supposedly, it was also one of John Lennon’s favorites, for what it’s worth.) It was released in May 1967 and eventually stayed at #1 for several weeks. In In 1977, it was a co-winner of The Brit Awards’ Best British Pop Single 1952–1977, along with Bohemian Rhapsody.

A trippy song, it essentially made no sense, which is part of its appeal, I suppose. Anyone who majored in English Lit probably connects it to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales  (“as the Miller told his tale”), but there are a lot of various interpretations. An omitted verse referenced the sea, and, of course, who were those vestal virgins?

You can read some of the history here.


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