In Memoriam: Bobby Harrison (1939 – 2022)

Robert Leslie Harrison (June 22, 1939 – January 7, 2022) was an English drummer and singer who was best known as an early member of the progressive rock band Procol Harum.

Harrison was born in East Ham, London, on 22 June 1939. He was an early member of Procol Harum, but shortly after their 1967 hit single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” was released, he and guitarist Ray Royer left the group to form the band Freedom. He also worked with several other members of Procol Harum on other projects; he joined a band called SNAFU which contained Procol’s future organist Pete Solley, and also on Matthew Fisher’s solo album Journey’s End. His 1977 self-titled project album Nobody’s Business was released only in Japan.

He was later in a band called ‘Journey’, where he played Christian-oriented rock around the Leigh-on-Sea area of Essex. He died on January 7, 2022, at the age of 82.