Keith Reid

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Keith Reid
Birth name Keith Stuart Brian Reid
Born (1946-10-19) 19 October 1946 (age 69)
Origin Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Psychedelic rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Lyricist, songwriter
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts Procol Harum

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

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 disbanded in 1977.[1]

He also wrote the lyrics for two songs by the French singer Michel Polnareff in 1966 ("You'll Be On My Mind" and "Time Will Tell"), 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 albums The Prodigal Stranger, released in 1991 and "The Wells on Fire" (2003)

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. ^ a b [Keith Reid at AllMusic biography by Jason Ankeny]

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