A Whiter Shade of Tony, Cherie and Michael

Andy McSmith
psychedelia 300x225 A Whiter Shade of Tony, Cherie and Michael

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Someone has written a book about a track that did well in the charts 45 years ago, drawing Tony Blair, Cherie Blair and Michael Howard into the narrative. Allegedly, when Tony and Cherie walked down the aisle on 29 March 1980, they chose to do so to the sound of A Whiter Shade of Pale, by Procol Harum.

The book that relays this information, which has ‘The Right Honourable The Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, PC, QC’ in its list of contributors, further reveals that A Whiter Shade Of Pale would have been played at the former Conservative leader’s wedding, except that playing music in the register office was not allowed. Anything else that you need to know about the track or the band can be found in ‘Procol Harum: The Ghosts Of A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, by Henry Scott-Irvine published by Omnibus Press.

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  • creggancowboy

    Isn’t Procul Harum in Dorset?

  • therealguyfaux

    And so it was, that later, when the Miller told his tale, that somehow it got to become some sort of urban legend.

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