His anger straightway died

In 2005, original Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher filed a legal action to be named as one of the composers of “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” alongside Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. A court found in Fisher’s favor and awarded him 40 percent of the subsequent take from the song, though no back royalties; an appellate court later ruled that Fisher had waited too long and while he would remain on the credits, he would receive no money.

The House of Lords has now overruled that court’s decision and reinstated Fisher’s percentage of the receipts, which apparently are substantial: every time BBC Radio 2 plays the song, says the report, they have to fork over about $120.

It is not recorded whether Fisher, upon being advised of the Lords’ ruling, skipped a light fandango.





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