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Peter Gordon

In June 1964, Peter & Gordon became the very first British Invasion act after the Beatles to take the number one spot on the American charts with "A World Without Love." That hit, and their subsequent successes, were due as much or more to their important connections as to their talent. Peter Asher was the older brother of Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's girlfriend for much of the '60s. This no doubt gave Asher and Gordon Waller access to Lennon-McCartney compositions that were unrecorded by the Beatles, such as "A World Without Love" and three of their other biggest hits, "Nobody I Know," "I Don't Want to See You Again," and "Woman" (the last of which was written by McCartney under a pseudonym). But Peter & Gordon were significant talents in their own right, a sort of Everly Brothers-styled duo for the British Invasion that faintly prefigured the folk-rock of the mid-'60s. In fact, when Gene Clark first approached Jim McGuinn in 1964 about working together in a group that would eventually evolve into the Byrds, he suggested that they could form a Peter & Gordon-styled act.

Asher and Waller had been singing together since their days at Westminster School for Boys, a private school in London. "A World Without Love" was their biggest and best hit, one that sounded very much like the Beatles' more pop-oriented originals. Their other two 1964 hits, "Nobody I Know" and "I Don't Want to See You Again," were pleasant but less distinguished. Sounding like McCartney-dominated Beatles rejects (which, in fact, they were), the production employed a softer, more acoustic feel than the hits by the Beatles and other early British Invasion guitar bands. "I Don't Want to See You Again" used strings, as would several of the duo's subsequent hits, which became increasingly middle-of-the-road in their pop orientation.

Some scattered folky B-sides showed that Asher and Waller may have been capable of developing into decent songwriters, but like many of the less talented British Invaders, their lack of songwriting acumen and ability to move with the times, would eventually work against them. They did continue to hit the charts for a couple of years, with updates of the oldies "True Love Ways" (Buddy Holly) and "To Know You Is to Love You" (a variation of the Teddy Bears' "To Know Her Is to Love Her"). There was also a Top Ten cover of Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces," and the brassy, McCartney-penned "Woman." The overtly cute British novelty "Lady Godiva," though, became their last big hit in late 1966.

After Peter & Gordon broke up in 1968, Asher became an enormously successful producer, first as the director of A&R at the Beatles' Apple Records (where he worked on James Taylor's first album). Relocating to Los Angeles in the '70s, he was one of the principal architects of mellow California rock, producing Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Track List: In London For Tea (2011 Remastered Version)

1. London At Night

2. The Jokers

3. I'm Your Puppet

4. Here Comes That Hurt Again

5. You've Got Your Troubles

6. Sally Go 'Round The Roses

7. Sunday For Tea

8. Red, Cream And Velvet

9. Stop, Look And Listen

10. Please Help Me, I'm Falling

11. Goodbye My Love

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Track List: Lady Godiva (Remastered)

1. Lady Godiva

2. Exodus

3. Young And Beautiful

4. When I Fall In Love

5. A Taste Of Honey

6. Baby I'm Yours

7. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

8. The Morning's Calling

9. Start Trying Someone Else

10. If I Fell

11. Till There Was You

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Track List: Hurtin' 'n' Lovin' Plus (Remastered)

1. Don't Pity Me (Mono)

2. Tears Don't Stop (Mono)

3. Who's Loving You (Mono)

4. What You Gonna Do 'Bout It (Mono)

5. Crying In The Rain (Mono)

6. Hurtin' Is Loving (Mono)

7. Cry To Me (Mono)

8. Someone Ain't Right (Mono)

9. Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) (Mono)

10. Broken Promises (Mono)

11. When The Black Of Your Eyes Turn To Grey (Mono)

12. All Shook Up (Mono)

13. I Would Buy You Presents (Mono)

14. To Know You Is To Love You (Mono)

15. I Told You So (Mono)

16. Wunder

17. Liebe, Glick And Treue

18. Devant Toi Je Suis Sans Voix (Mono)

19. L'Inconnue (Mono)

20. Le Temps Va Le Temps Court (Mono)

21. Ne Me Plains Pas (Mono)

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Track List: In Touch With Peter And Gordon (Deluxe)

1. Freight Train

2. Land Of Oden

3. A Mess Of The Blues

4. Two Little Love Birds

5. Barbara Allen

6. I Still Love You

7. I Don't Want To See You Again

8. My Babe

9. Willow Garden

10. Love Me Baby

11. I Don't Care What They Say

12. My Little Girl's Gone

13. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

14. Leave Me In The Rain

15. True Love Ways

16. If You Wish

17. Sleepless Nights

18. Good Morning Blues

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Track List: Peter And Gordon (Remastered)

1. Let It Be Me

2. I Know A Man

3. Colour Blue

4. A Young Girl

5. Black Brown And Gold

6. Stranger With A Black Dove

7. Woman

8. There's No Living Without Your Loving

9. Morning's Calling

10. Wrong From The Start

11. Start Trying Someone Else

12. A Boy With Nothing

13. Baby, I'm Yours

14. Homeward Bound

15. To Show I Love You

16. The Town I Live In

17. Lady Godiva

18. The Knight In Rusty Armour

19. The Flower Lady

20. My First Day Alone

21. Baby What You Want Me To Do

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Track List: Free Zen Society

1. Lightly Dropping

2. Thought Free

3. Surrender

4. Dream Escapes

5. Majestical

6. Glistening

7. Streaming Through

8. Clocking Space

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Track List: The Ultimate Peter & Gordon

1. A World Without Love

2. True Love Ways

3. To Know You Is To Love You

4. Nobody I Know

5. Crying In The Rain

6. Homeward Bound

7. Somewhere (West Side Story)

8. When I Fall In Love

9. Trouble In Mind (1999 Remastered Version)

10. Baby I'm Yours

11. Woman

12. Lady Godiva

13. I Go To Pieces

14. Freight Train

15. Tell Me How

16. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)

17. The Green Leaves Of Summer (The Alamo)

18. Leave My Woman Alone

19. You Don't Have To Tell Me (1999 Remastered Version) (Mono)

20. Pretty Mary (1999 Remastered Version)

21. Five Hundred Miles (1999 Remastered Version)

22. There's No Living Without Your Loving

23. Lucille (1999 Remastered Version)

24. Memphis

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You get him because the search engine in programmed to ignore words like 'and' and 'at'. Try Peter Asher and Gordon Waller as the seed

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