Keith Reid

born on 19/10/1946 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Keith Reid

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Keith Reid

Keith Stuart Brian Reid[1] (born 19 October 1946,[1][2] Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) is a songwriter who wrote the lyrics of every Procol Harum song that is not instrumental or a cover. For many years he resided in the United States.

Reid was born and educated in London. He left school at an early age to pursue a song writing career. He met Gary Brooker, 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 and sold over six million copies worldwide. Reid continued to write lyrics for the band until they broke up in 1977.[2]

He also wrote the lyrics to the debut album of the French singer Michel Polnareff in 1966, 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 album The Prodigal Stranger, which was released in 1991.[2]

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, Chris Thompson, John Waite and Michael Saxell.


  1. 1.0 1.1 database
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [Keith Reid at All Music Guide biography by Jason Ankeny]

External links

  • Procol biography of Keith Reid
  • Procol Harum words by Keith Reid

Procol Harum
Current members: Gary Brooker ·

Geoff Dunn · Matt Pegg · Josh Phillips · Geoff Whitehorn · Keith Reid

Former members:

Dave Ball · Dave Bronze · Alan Cartwright · Chris Copping · Matthew Fisher · Mick Grabham · Dave Knights · Mark Brzezicki · Dee Murray · Pete Solley · Jerry Stevenson · Robin Trower · B.J. Wilson


Studio Albums: Procol Harum · Shine on Brightly · A Salty Dog · Home · Broken Barricades · Grand Hotel · Exotic Birds and Fruit · Procol's Ninth · Something Magic · The Prodigal Stranger · The Well's on Fire

Live albums: Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Other albums: The Long Goodbye · Liquorice John Death: Ain't Nothin' To Get Excited About · One More Time - Live in Utrecht 1992 ·

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