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So this keyboard player/lead vocalist writes this haunting song in the 60's and his bandmate puts lyrics to it. The melody is based upon a classical composition, in this case, Bach.

Another keyboard player joins the band after the song was written. Plays organ on the recording. Ultimately the organist wins a lawsuit for 40% of the royalties as the organ riff is such a signature part of the song. The composers (one is lead singer, wrote the melody) wins back 100% of the royalties citing that it is a good precendent otherwise anyone that played or had a solo on a hit song, could sue.

Know the band or song?

Gary Brooker, Procul Harem, Whiter Shade of Pale

Bet EC played this in a bar in the day

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Steve, Great tale! I had that story filed somewhere back in my memory but had forgotten which band it was. I was a real fan of Procul Harem back in the day. They were reviewed on the recent PBS special and it was great to hear Whiter Shade of Pale. I adored that song--still do! Thanks for the story!

:) --Darlene

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