Peter, once half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon, parlayed that early fame into a music business career that spans 50 years. At the Rrazz Room, he performed some of the great Peter & Gordon oldies backed by his crack band, told stories of friends like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and treated the audience to video clips and still photos from his personal collection.
The music was great, but his stories were priceless.
In the midst of the British Invasion, his sister Jane dated Paul McCartney, and when McCartney was in London, he lived upstairs in the Asher house with Peter. McCartney penned Peter & Gordon’s first two Number 1 hits, “A World Without Love” and “Woman.” In 1966, Peter’s Indica art gallery hosted an exhibit by counterculture artist Yoko Ono. The Beatles were invited to the show’s opening, which is when John Lennon met Yoko Ono. Peter was best man at Marianne Faithfull’s wedding and proceeded to introduce her to Mick Jagger. Jagger and Richards wrote “As Tears Go By” for Marianne, which launched her career as a major singer. She left her husband for Jagger. As Peter noted, the Stones chew up and spit out most people who associate with them, yet Marianne survived and is still performing. Later, Peter Asher worked as a producer and manager for James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Diana Ross, and many others. During 2006 and 2007, his career came full circle when he and Gordon Waller performed again as a duo. Gordon passed away in 2009.
Throughout the fabulous stories of Swingin’ London and his time as a producer and manager, Peter wove numerous songs and pictures into his act. He had the audience in the palm of his hand from the first moment to the last.
Man, I loved this show, since I was deeply influenced by the British Invasion. The imagery and style indirectly caused my love of photography. Marianne Faithfull…sigh…..
–Pat Johnson BAM Photographer since 1978