Matthew Charles Fisher ( born March 7, 1946 in Addiscombe, Surrey ) is an English musician, mainly in the band Procol Harum.
Matthew Fisher is especially known for one: for his Johann Sebastian Bach's Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 nachempfundenem Hammondorgelspiel on the worldwide hit A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967 ) Procol Harum by. More Bach quotes are the Prelude in C major in the middle part of the instrumental piece Repent Walpurgis and The Signature on the Procol Harum - album The Well's on Fire of 2003. Previously Fisher is among other things Been organist at Screaming Lord Sutch.
Fisher impressed by his game in the early days alongside Gary Brooker much Procol Harum 's music. In 1969 he left the band and worked as a producer for Robin Trower, Bandit, Tir Na Nog and James Dewar, and at times as a computer programmer. He recorded several solo albums.
The relationship between Matthew Fisher and Gary Brooker seems to be problematic from time immemorial. There were conflicts, because Fisher always saw himself as a co-author of A Whiter Shade of Pale, and he felt cheated out of the abundant revenues from the song and Gary Brooker and Keith Reid claimed the rights to the song itself. So it was that Fisher repeatedly returned to Procol Harum and the band several times left again. His last appearance with the band was at the ZDF program 50 years rock, hosted by Thomas Gottschalk, in April 2004.
In May 2005, Fisher complained to Gary Brooker and publisher Onward Music its share of musical authorship in court one. On 21 December 2006 he received a 40 percent share shank to A Whiter Shade of Pale was then awarded by a London court.
In October 2007, a re- trial for the authorship of the song took place because Brooker had appealed against the judgment. In the decision, the authorship was indeed confirmed, but the claim to royalties not confirmed, as Fisher had left too much time with the lawsuit.
This ruling was unanimously overturned by five Law Lords from the House of Lords in the former role as the highest court of the United Kingdom on 30 July 2009. Fisher were finally awarded to the copyright in the sense of the Court's judgment of 21 December 2006.