Harry "Skip" Prokop, songwriting drummer/singer of Paupers and Lighthouse, passes away at 73

Skip Prokop, pictured at the 2011 SOCAN Awards in Toronto, where he was honoured for writing the Lighthouse hit songs "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady," each of which had then earned more than 100,000 radio airplays. (Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)
August 31, 2017

It's with great sadness that SOCAN acknowledges the death of Harry “Skip” Prokop, SOCAN member songwriter and drummer/singer with The Paupers and Lighthouse, who passed away from heart complications at his home, surrounded by his family, on Aug. 30, 2017, at age 73.

Prokop enjoyed a fruitful career that blossomed widely in the 1960s and '70s, when he worked with such legendary musicians as Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin, Mama Cass, and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others.

During his time with Lighthouse, the band produced five consecutive gold or platinum albums, and won seven JUNO Awards, including Best Rock Group (1970, '71, '72) and Record of the Year (One Fine Morning).

As a songwriter, Prokop earned three SOCAN Classic Awards, for more than 100,000 radio airplays, of songs he wrote for the band – one in 1994 for "One Fine Morning," and two in 2011 for "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady." Over the years and decades, these catchy, feel-good anthems for an entire generation have also become true classics of the rock era.

SOCAN sends its sincere condolences to Prokop’s family, friends, fans, and all those in the Canadian music industry who knew and worked with him.