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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Maybe you had to be there

Or maybe you just had to hear the song -- it's been covered many times. But:

Matthew Fisher, a founding member of 1960s rock group Procol Harum, has won a High Court battle over who wrote their hit song "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
He played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody. Mr. Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to 40 percent of the copyright.

He only wins legal fees -- about £500,000 -- and, pending appeal, royalties since 2005, when he sued. But he's probably tripping the light fandango. The Beeb has a nice package. We happen to own a hunk of vinyl containing "Whiskey Train" and featuring Robin Trower on guitar.


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