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Date Of BirthMay 29, 1945
SpouseFranky Booker
FactMember of '60s band Procol Harum.

Gary Brooker, MBE (born 29 May 1945) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and founder of the rock band Procol Harum. He was the lead singer and main composer of the band, and is the only member of Procol Harum to have appeared on all of their albums. He is also a successful solo artist, and has released eight solo albums.

Brooker was born in Hackney, London, and grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. His father, Frederick William Brooker, was a policeman. His mother, Edith Maude (née Flack), was a housewife. He has two older sisters, Jean and Sheila. Brooker was educated at Westcliff High School for Boys.

He started his musical career as a member of the Paramounts, a British R&B band, in 1962. The Paramounts had some success with their cover of “Poison Ivy” and “Gonna Get Along Without You Now”. In 1966, Brooker and fellow Paramounts member Keith Reid formed Procol Harum. The band’s debut single, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, was a huge international hit, reaching number one in several countries.

Procol Harum released eleven studio albums between 1967 and 1977. They toured extensively throughout the 1970s, and were particularly popular in the United States. In 1981, Brooker disbanded Procol Harum, but reformed the band in 1991 with a new lineup. They have released four studio albums since then.

In addition to his work with Procol Harum, Brooker has also released eight solo albums. His most recent solo album, Still With Me, was released in 2017.

Brooker was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to music.

Gary Brooker is married to former model and actress Katie Kissoon. They have two daughters, Jemima and Natasha. Brooker also has two sons from his first marriage to Hazel O’Connor, Oliver and Matthew.

General Info

Full NameGary Brooker
Date Of BirthMay 29, 1945
Height1.8 m
ProfessionComposer, Singer, Songwriter, Fear of Flying, Old Brown Shoe, Two Fools in Love


SpouseFranky Booker
ParentsHarry Brooker


Music GroupsProcol Harum, The Paramounts, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Fear of Flying, Old Brown Shoe, Two Fools in Love
MoviesEvita, Procol Harum: Live in Copenhagen, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings: In Concert, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: Tour 2003

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1Dunsfold, Surrey, England [July 2008]
2Son of the steel guitarist Harry Brooker who performed with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
3He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to charity.
4He has performed with the S.A.S. (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
5Member of '60s band Procol Harum.



Flaked2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
iZombie2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stonewall2015writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Oblivion2013/Iwriter: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Parenthood2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Syndicate2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Heat2012TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Casa de mi Padre2012writer: "Con Su Blanca Palidez A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
902102011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold2010writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
8 Uhr 282010writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Estradilla: Pate Mustajärvi N.Y.T.2010TV Movie documentary writer: "Tuhkaa"
House M.D.2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
La prima cosa bella2010writer: "Homburg L'ora dell'amore"
Pirate Radio2009writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 1967
Familjen Babajou2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Adagio sostenuto2008"Magdalene My Regal Zonophone"
Yoru no Shanghai2007writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Idool 20072007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko hledá SuperStar2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection2006Video writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Gilmore Girls2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Life, the Universe and Douglas Adams2005Video documentary courtesy: "A Rum Tale" / writer: "A Rum Tale"
Sarah Brightman: The Harem World Tour - Live from Las Vegas2004Video writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
The Long Firm2004TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
SkeppsholmenTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003
Sarah Brightman: La Luna - Live in Concert2001Video writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Denti2000writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
I cento passi2000writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Barend en Van DorpTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
The 10th Kingdom2000TV Mini-Series writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
The '60s1999TV Movie writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
The Sopranos1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little Voice1998writer: "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
Pistvakt - en vintersagaTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1998 music - 1 episode, 1998
Alas, poder y pasión1998TV Series writer: "Con Su Blanca Palidez"
The Collector1997writer: "Hermes"
Evita1996performer: "Rainbow Tour" - uncredited
Breaking the Waves1996writer: "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
Homicide: Life on the Street1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Net1995writer: "A WHITER SHADE OF PALE"
Top of the Pops1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
French Twist1995writer: "A WHITER SHADE OF PALE" - as G. Brooker
J'ai pas sommeil1994lyrics: "A Whiter Shade of Pale" / music: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Heaven & Earth1993writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Kærlighedens smerte1992writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Marienhof1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Midnight Caller1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
China Beach1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
New York Stories1989writer: "Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Conquistador"
Killing Blue1988writer: "Whiter Shade Of Pale" - uncredited
To Heal a Nation1988TV Movie writer: "A WHITER SHADE OF PALE"
Goindol1987Video Game writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Withnail & I1987writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
The Falcon and the Snowman1985writer: "WHITER SHADE OF PALE"
The Big Chill1983writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Baby It's You1983writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Purple Haze1982writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale", "A Salty Dog"
Pauline's Quirkes1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hitler's Harlot1973writer: "Power Failure" - uncredited
Rollin' on the River1972TV Series writer - 1 episode
Separation1968writer: "Salad Days"
Kristoball1967Short writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Peggio per me... meglio per te1967writer: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"


Procol Harum Live2003Video uncredited


Evita1996Juan Bramuglia


Life, the Universe and Douglas Adams2005Video documentary special thanks


Night of the Proms2013TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Best Hit USA2013TV SeriesHimself
How the Brits Rocked America2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Anyone for Demis? How the World Invaded the Charts2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Forever Young: How Rock 'n' Roll Grew Up2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Prog Rock Britannia2009TV MovieHimself
Life, the Universe and Douglas Adams2005Video documentaryHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2005TV SeriesHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Procol Harum: Live at the Union Chapel2004Himself
Procol Harum Live2003VideoHimself, Keyboard / Vocals
Concert for George2003Video documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Blues Odyssey2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Number One Singles2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland2000TV SeriesHimself
Barend en Van Dorp2000TV SeriesHimself - Keyboard Player
British Rock Symphony1999TV MovieHimself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala1982DocumentaryHimself
Rockestra1979Documentary shortHimself - Musician
Iltatähti1978TV SeriesHimself
Beat-Workshop1971TV SeriesHimself - Musician (as Procol Harum)
Dusty Springfield1969TV MovieHimself (as Procol Harum)
Beat-Club1968-1969TV Series

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Georgie Fame 60 år2003TV Movie

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