1964 was the year The Beatles conquered the USA. Meanwhile, back home there was a new pop duo hitting the charts that went by the name of Peter and Gordon.
Peter Asher was born in London June 22 1944, the son of a doctor and a professional musician. He was educated at Westminster School in London and at Kings College, London University, where he studied philosophy.
Gordon Waller was born in Braemar, Scotland in 1945, and also attended Westminster Boys School where he met Peter. The pair soon became a folk duo, performing at various venues in London. In January 1964, Norman Newell from EMI saw them playing at the Pickwick Club. Paul McCartney started dating Peter's sister Jane Asher, and soon became part of the Asher household, living in a small room at the top of their house. He wrote their first single 'A World Without Love', which went to number one within two weeks, selling over a million copies worldwide. Peter and Gordon frequently appeared on the sixties pop show 'Ready Steady Go!' performing hit singles including the chart-topping 'A World Without Love', and their second million-selling single 'Nobody I Know' - another McCartney penned composition. They appeared on the same bill as their friends The Beatles, many times, and in America, Peter and Gordon appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show. Paul wrote another song, 'Woman', for them in 1966, this time under the name 'Bernard Webb', and despite the anonymous writer's name, the song still made the top twenty in America and reached 28 in the UK charts.
Peter and Gordon finally split up in 1967. They amassed nine Top 20 records (three of them gold) during their career.
In 1968, Peter Asher became head of A&R for The Beatles newly formed record company, Apple Records, where he signed and produced James Taylor. In 1971, Asher moved to the U.S. and founded Peter Asher Management, representing James Taylor and, beginning in 1973, the management and production of Linda Ronstadt as well. Peter Asher Management became one of the most successful Artist Management companies in the US, handling artist such as Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Carole King as well as James and Linda.
As a producer, Peter has worked with such diverse artist as James Taylor, 10,000 Maniacs, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, Cher and Billy Joel, among many others. He has been awarded 36 RIAA- certified gold albums and 22 platinum albums in the US and many more internationally.
Peter Asher has produced eight Grammy Award-winning recordings, and in 1977 and 1989 was honoured with the Grammy Award for 'Producer of the Year'. In February 1995, Peter Asher was named Senior Vice President of Sony Music Entertainment.
In 1973 Gordon Waller appeared onstage in 'Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' in London and Australia. He later went on to become a partner in a company that makes commercials for radio.
Thirty-five years after the split, I managed to track down Peter and Gordon.
They are both living in the USA and are still working in the music business.
With a newly released greatest hits album and sixties nostalgia hitting the music stores again, a new generation will be able to enjoy 'The Ultimate Sound of Peter and Gordon'. It is a great honour to introduce to you...
Peter and Gordon.