By Cynthia Okoben
Peter Asher CBE is perhaps known mostly, if at all, for being the person who managed James Taylor (“Who’s James Taylor?” some of you may ask as you turn on the latest monotonous Drake drivel and I roll my eyes). But he was so much more than that.
Born on June 22, 1944, he started out as a child actor (appearing in the film The Planter’s Wife, the play Isn’t Life Wonderful, as well as the television show The Adventures of Robin Hood) until he met a fellow pupil at Westminster School in London, the late Gordon Waller.
They formed a small group together called Peter and Gordon, who became popular during the British Invasion by releasing songs such as “World Without Love,” “Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,” and “Woman,” all written by the boyfriend of Peter’s sister, Jane Asher, Paul McCartney, then a member, if those of you aforementioned do not know, of a band called the Beatles; perhaps the biggest rock band in world history, who changed EVERYTHING FOREVER (sorry, huge Beatles fan).
The last song mentioned, “Woman,” although written by Paul McCartney, was published under the pseudonym Bernard Webb, just to test if Peter and Gordon’s songs were actually good, or were just popular because they were written by Paul McCartney. And, in those pre “Fuh You” days, they were popular not just because they were written by Paul McCartney, but because they actually a good songs.
After Peter and Gordon split up in 1968, caused by their decreased supply of hit records and the fact that their work became less enjoyable and more tiresome, Asher took a position at the Beatles’ business utopia, Apple, where he produced an unsuccessful album for the aforementioned James Taylor before resigning and moving with Taylor to America where he became a successful producer not only of James Taylor, but of Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, Country, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Andrew Gold and Bonnie Raitt.
On October 31st and November 1st of this year, he will be at Nighttown doing a show with Jeremy Clyde. Tickets are available on the Nighttown website, priced at $40 for anyone interested.
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