Pick 3 from Peter and Gordon
Peter Asher and Gordon Waller had a very unique beginning… Paul McCartney was dating Peter’s sister Jane, when because of unfortunate experiences, Paul had to move into the Asher household for two years. During that time, he became friendly with Peter, who asked Paul to write him a song so he could reocrd it. Paul gave them, “A World Without Love”, which became a hit and launched their career. Paul subsequently gave them “Nobody I know”, “I Don’t Want to See You Again” and then “Woman”. Paul wanted to see if they could score a hit without his name on it so for Woman he credited it to “A. Smith”. His talent is clear regardless of the name he uses… Woman was a smash hit for P&G. P&G also recorded “I Go To Pieces”, written by Lou Christie and of course, my favorite of their recordings, written by Buddy Holley, “True Love Ways”.
Peter continued in the music business and was mega successful, producing Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor among many others. Sadly, Gordon died from a heart attack in 2009.
This video shows Peter and Gordon at their very best… singing my favorite of their recordings, Buddy Holley’s True Love Ways
My second favorite is “I Go To Pieces” written by the great Del Shannon. This is a classic heartbroken song. Speaking of heartbroken, Del Shannon took his own life in 1991. He was a terrific song writer and is best known for his hit “Runaway”.
My final choice for this segment is “Woman”. Listen to this tune and it will remind you of the incredible harmony these guys could pull off.