3: Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1960s

Entered Charts: 14 June 1967
Entry Point: 35
Highest Chart: 1
Weeks In: 15
 

Whiter Shade of Pale entered the Australian charts exactly one week before yesterday’s number 4 song (San Francisco) and after almost four months in the charts, left them one week before San Francisco.

Another one of the songs that became synonymous with TV mini-series and movies about the 1960’s, Whiter Shade of Pale, in my mind, is more often linked with shows about Vietnam than San Francisco. Maybe I am making that up, but that how it seems to me.

Undoubtedly, the melody and instrumentation are based on a number of pieces by Bach (the second such song in this countdown). Less obvious is the lyrical content – full of imagery and according to some, heavily influenced by marijuana.

It is a song that evokes memories of the 1960’s more than most. It is a complex, melodic track that takes you on a lyrical journey. It deserves to be at number 2 on the Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Songs of the 1960’s playlist.