Procol Harum songwriter Keith Reid has died on the age of 76.
The composer – who became easiest identified for having written the lyrics for nearly every long-established music launched by the English prog band, varied than their twelfth and final studio LP ‘Novum’, launched in 2017 – handed away last Thursday (23.03.23) after living with most cancers for the past few years.
On Wednesday (29.03.23), the community – whose final line-up sooner than disbanding in 2017 consisted of guitarist Geoff Whitehorn, bassist Matt Pegg, keyboardist Josh Phillips and drummer Geoff Dunn – wrote on Facebook: “We are sad to hear of the death of Keith Reid. An unparalleled lyricist Keith wrote the phrases to nearly all Procol Harum songs, moreover to co-writing the John Farnham hit ‘You is probably going to be The Narrate’. His lyrics had been one amongst a form and helped to form the music created by the band. His imaginative, surreal and multi-layered phrases had been a joy to Procol followers and their complexity by create became a extremely efficient addition the Procol Harum catalogue. Our suggestions meander out to his family and visitors.”
A extra observation confirmed that the ‘A Whiter Color of Light’ lyricist – who is survived by his associate Pinkey – had been receiving medication for most cancers over the course of the last few years.
The observation learn: “It’s with the deepest disappointment that we must always grunt the passing of the lyricist Keith Reid, who died without observe on 23 March 2023, in smartly being facility in London. He had been receiving most cancers medication for the past couple of years.
“Keith became the co-founder and lyricist for the band Procol Harum, notably penning their biggest hit ‘A Whiter Color of Light’, which contains one of the most enigmatic lyrics of all time. He constantly mentioned that, on the conclude of his life, he would roar what all of it intended: but sadly he didn’t bag this opportunity.
“Keith became also all in favour of moderately just a few assorted initiatives inner leisure, and became a co-author on what became identified as the unofficial Australian anthem ‘You’re The Narrate’, sung by John Farnham.
“His family would use to thank moderately just a few smartly-wishers for their very form messages. A inner most funeral will likely be held, and this page will likely be updated soon with minute print for these that would use to design a donation in his reminiscence.
“Keith will likely be severely missed.”