Keith Stuart Brian Reid (born 19 October 1946) is a songwriter who
wrote the lyrics of every
Procol Harum song that is not instrumental
or a cover with the exception of their most recent album Novum.
Reid grew up in London. He left school at an early age to pursue a
song writing career. He met Gary Brooker, lead singer with Procol
Harum, with whom he co-wrote most of the band's songs (some music was
written by organist
Matthew Fisher and by guitarist Robin Trower), in
1966. They soon began collaborating, and their composition "A Whiter
Shade of Pale", Procol Harum's first single, was released in 1967. It
reached the top of the
UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart and sold over six million
copies worldwide. Reid continued to write lyrics for the band until
they disbanded in 1977.
He also wrote the lyrics for two songs by the French singer Michel
Polnareff in 1966 ("You'll Be On My Mind" and "Time Will Tell"), and
was co-writer for the
John Farnham hit "You're the Voice" (1986).
Reid moved to New York and founded a management company in 1986. He
reunited with Brooker and
Procol Harum for the albums The Prodigal
Stranger (1991) and
The Well's on Fire
The Well's on Fire (2003).
In August 2008 a new album, The Common Thread, was issued under The
Keith Reid Project banner. Reid wrote the lyrics for the songs, which
were performed by a variety of musicians, including Southside Johnny,
John Waite and Michael Saxell.
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Keith Reid at
AllMusic Allmusic.com biography by Jason Ankeny]
Procol Harum.com biography of Keith Reid
Procol Harum words by Keith Reid
Seth Rogovoy, The Secret Jewish History Of Procol Harum
B. J. Wilson
Shine On Brightly
A Salty Dog
Exotic Birds and Fruit
The Prodigal Stranger
The Well's on Fire
Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
One More Time – Live in Utrecht 1992
Live at the Union Chapel
One Eye to the Future – Live in Italy 2007
Procol Harum – In Concert With the Danish National Concert Orchestra
The Spirit of Nøkken
Some Long Road
As Liquorice John Death
Ain't Nothin' to Get Excited About
"A Whiter Shade of Pale"
"A Salty Dog"
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