Peter and Gordon

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Peter and Gordon
Peter and Gordon.jpg
Background information
GenresPop
Years active1960s, 2000s
LabelsColumbia (EMI)
Capitol (US)
Websitepeterandgordon.net
Past membersPeter Asher
Gordon Waller
 
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Peter and Gordon
Peter and Gordon.jpg
Background information
GenresPop
Years active1960s, 2000s
LabelsColumbia (EMI)
Capitol (US)
Websitepeterandgordon.net
Past membersPeter Asher
Gordon Waller

Peter and Gordon were a British pop duo, comprising Peter Asher (b. 1944) and Gordon Waller (1945–2009), who achieved international fame in 1964 with their first single, the million-selling transatlantic No.1 smash "A World Without Love." The duo had several subsequent hits in the so-called British Invasion-era.

History[edit]

Peter Asher and his sister Jane were child actors in the 1950s. They played siblings in a 1955 episode of the television series The Adventures of Robin Hood. Jane Asher dated The Beatles' Paul McCartney between 1963 and 1968, and Peter and Gordon recorded several songs written by McCartney but credited to Lennon–McCartney. Those hits included "A World Without Love" (US & UK No.1), "Nobody I Know" (US No.12; UK No.10), "I Don't Want To See You Again" (US No.16, but not a hit in the UK), and "Woman". With "Woman", McCartney used the pseudonym Bernard Webb to see whether he could have a hit song without his name attached. The song reached No.14 in the US and No.28 on the British charts in 1966. Peter and Gordon also recorded the John Lennon-penned Lennon–McCartney song, "If I Fell", which was previously recorded by The Beatles and released on their 1964 album, A Hard Day's Night.

Other hits for the duo included "I Go to Pieces" (US No.7, but not a hit in the UK), written by Del Shannon and given to Peter and Gordon after the two acts toured together, and remakes of Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" (US No.14 and UK No.2 in 1965), and The Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him", retitled "To Know You Is To Love You" (US No.24 and UK No.5 in 1965). Peter and Gordon had their last hit in Britain in late-1966 with "Lady Godiva", which reached No.16 there (and No.6 in the US), whilst their success lasted into 1967 in the US, with "Knight in Rusty Armour" and "Sunday for Tea" both registering in the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 that year.

Peter and Gordon performing in 2005

Peter Asher subsequently became head of A&R for Apple Records. He continued his career as a recording executive in California, where he managed and produced Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Asher also produced recordings for Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, and Diana Ross. His daughter, Victoria Asher, is a member of the alternative group Cobra Starship.

In August 2005, Peter and Gordon reunited onstage for the first time in more than 30 years, as part of two tribute concerts for Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five in New York City. This was followed by full concerts at The Festival for Beatles Fans (formerly Beatlefest) conventions that began the following year. Paul McCartney heard about the reunion shows and sent a message to congratulate them on reuniting. In the spring of 2007 and 2008, Peter and Gordon were featured performers in the Flower Power concert series at Disney's EPCOT in Florida. Also in 2007, they performed as part of Love-In: A Musical Celebration (www.loveinthemusical.com), a tribute to the music of the 1960s, which was filmed at the Birch North Park Theatre in San Diego, California, and released on DVD in March 2009. On 21 August 2008, they performed a free concert on the pier in Santa Monica, California.

The pair played numerous times at the 50 Winters Later celebration, in February 2009, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. This was held in Clear Lake, Iowa, at the Surf Ballroom.[1]

They subsequently performed in Chicago, New Jersey and at the Festival for Beatles Fans convention in Las Vegas, 1 and 2 July 2009, where, according to a report by journalist Peter Palmiere for Beatlefan magazine, the pair were the performing highlight of the convention. Peter and Gordon told Palmiere at the Las Vegas Festival for Beatles Fans that they were to perform at the 2006 Adopt-A-Minefield show with Paul McCartney but the show was subsequently cancelled by McCartney, due to his impending divorce from Heather Mills.

Gordon Waller died of a heart attack on 17 July 2009 at the age of 64.

Million sellers[edit]

"World Without Love", "Nobody I Know", "True Love Ways", and "Lady Godiva" each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs.[2]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

A SideB SideUnited KingdomUnited States
Release dateRecord numberChart positionRelease dateRecord numberChart position
"A World Without Love"If I Were You”28 February 1964Columbia DB7255127 April 1964Capitol 51751
"Nobody I Know"You Don't Have To Tell Me”29 May 1964Columbia DB72921015 June 1964Capitol 521112
"I Don't Want To See You Again"I Would Buy You Presents”9 September 1964Columbia DB 735621 September 1964Capitol 527216
"I Go to Pieces"Love Me Baby”20 November 1964Columbia DB 7407December 1964Capitol 53359
"True Love Ways"If You Wish”23 March 1965Columbia DB 75242March 1965Capitol 540614
"There's No Living Without Your Loving”"A Stranger with a Black Dove”April 1965Capitol 565050 (A-side)
130 (B-side)
"To Know You Is To Love You"I Told You So”11 June 1965Columbia DB 76175June 1965Capitol 546124
"Baby I'm Yours"When The Black of Your Eyes Turn To Grey”15 October 1965Columbia DB 772919
"Don't Pity Me”"Crying in the Rain”October 1965Capitol 553283
"Woman"Wrong From The Start”11 February 1966Columbia DB 78342810 January 1966Capitol 557914
"To Show I Love You”"Don't Pity Me”June 1966Columbia DB 7951May 1966Capitol 568498
"Lady Godiva"Morning's Calling" (UK & US)
"The Town I Live In" (first US pressing only)
9 September 1966Columbia DB 800316September 1966Capitol 57406
"Knight in Rusty Armour”"The Flower Lady”November 1966Columbia DB 8075November 1966Capitol 580815
"Sunday For Tea”"Start Trying Someone Else" (UK)
"Hurtin' Is Lovin'" (US)
February 1967Columbia DB 8159February 1967Capitol 586431
"The Jokers”"Red, Cream And Velvet”May 1967Columbia DB 8198May 1967Capitol 591997
"Greener Days”"Never Ever”30 December 1967Capitol 2071
"I Feel Like Going Out”"The Quest for the Holy Grail”April 1968Columbia DB 8398
"You've Had Better Times”"Sipping My Wine”12 July 1968Columbia DB 8451July 1968Capitol 2214118
"I Can Remember (Not Too Long Ago)”"Hard Time, Rainy Day”May 1969Columbia DB 8585May 1969Capitol 2544

Albums[edit]

Albums (Capitol-EMI, Canada)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "January 28 – February 2, 2009". 50 Winters Later. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 180, 194 & 203. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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