Procul Harum’s Gary Brooker was born on this day in 1945 in Essex, England. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 in recognition of his charitable services. Have you ever wondered what Procul Harum means? When asked about the origins of the band’s name Gary said “We got named after a cat, a little Burmese Brown. . .that was its pedigree name: Procol Harum.