Procol Harum singer wins court appeal

April 4, 2008 7:50:02 AM PDT
A British appeals court has awarded the lead singer of Procol Harum full royalties to the band's iconic hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale."

Britain's Court of Appeal ruled in singer Gary Brooker's favor on Friday. An earlier decision by a lower court had awarded the group's former organist 40 percent of the song's royalties.

The Court of Appeal agreed that Matthew Fisher, who contributed the haunting organ theme to the song, was entitled to co-authorship. But, the court says, he will receive no money from past or future royalties.

Fisher, who left the band in 1969, is now a computer programmer living in south London. Brooker still tours with Procol Harum.