Gary Brooker, MBE, (born 29 May 1945, Hackney, East London), is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and founder of the rock band, Procol Harum. Brooker was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours on June 14, 2003 in recognition of his charitable services.
Brooker grew up in the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, as did most of the other founding members of Procol Harum.
He founded The Paramounts in 1962 with his guitarist friend Robin…
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