Many serious 60s soul collectors have a soft spot for UK cover versions of their favourite classics and said collectors will be delighted by a new 2 CD pack on 60’s popsters PETER AND GORDON.
PETER (ASHER) and GORDON (WALLER) were a London-based duo who’d met at the exclusive Westminster School. Their big break came through PETER’S connection to the BEATLES. PETER, you see, was the sister of PAUL McCARTNEY’S then long-term girlfriend, the actress, JANE ASHER and in the heady year of 1964, PAUL (with a little help from JOHN LENNON) penned the ultra catchy ‘World Without Love’ for PETER AND GORDON to record. The song shot to number 1 and the duo were off on a short but very successful pop career.
This new release on BGO RECORDS collects together four of the pair’s mid 60’s albums – and it naturally includes ‘World Without Love’ along with three other songs written for them by LENNON and McCARTNEY. But there’s also a slew of interesting covers of soul standards including versions of DORIS TROY’S ‘What You Gonna Do About It’, SMOKEY ROBINSON’S ‘Who’s Loving You’, SOLOMON BURKE’S ‘Cry To Me’ and CHUCK JACKSON’S ‘Any Day Now’.
When PETER AND GORDON split up, WALLER went on to make a several (unsuccessful) solo albums. He died aged 64 in 2009. Interestingly ASHER became an important music biz mogul in the States. He “discovered” JAMES TAYLOR, instigated the renaissance of CAROLE KING, produced records on LINDA RONSTADT, ANDREW GOLD, CHER and BONNIE RAITT and along with DAVID GEFFEN owned the famous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. In 1995 he became Senior Vice President of Sony Music followed by executive roles at Sanctuary and Strategic Music Management – all a far cry from the innocent pop music he made with GORDON in the 60s.