Peter Asher and Gordon Waller were together as Peter & Gordon for a short time (they had their first record in 1964, and split up in 1968) but they made some memorable music during that time. Peter had started out as a child actor, appearing with his sister Jane in a 1955 episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Peter met Paul McCartney through his sister, who dated Paul from 1963 through 1968. He wrote several songs for the duo, including “World Without Love,” “Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,” and “Woman,” which he wrote under the pseudonym “Bernard Webb” to see if he could get a hit record without his name attached.
Their first record was “World Without Love.” It was written by McCartney, though credited to Lennon and McCartney. It reached #1 in both the US and the UK in 1964. (Peter is the one in glasses, by the way.)
They recorded songs by other artists as well, including Del Shannon, who wrote “I Go To Pieces” for them after they had toured together. It didn’t chart in the UK but reached #9 in the US.
After they split up in 1968, Peter Asher became head of A&R for Apple Records, then moved to California, where he managed acts including Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor and produced tracks for Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, and Diana Ross. They reunited in 2005 and continued making appearances until Gordon’s death by a heart attack in 2009.
Their official website, maintained by Asher and Waller’s estate, sells autographed CD’s and pictures and has a full discography and other interesting things. YouTube has all their hits and a few performances from the 2000’s. Definitely check that out.
Peter & Gordon, your Two for Tuesday, March 24, 2015.