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Old 07-20-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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For those of you old enough to remember...

Gordon Waller of British Invasion duo dies

http://www.thestar.com/news/obituary...68904#Comments

HARTFORD, Conn.–Gordon Waller of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, who were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including several written by their friend Paul McCartney, has died. He was 64.
Waller died Friday at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., nursing supervisor Nity Oris confirmed Monday. The duo's website says Waller, who lived in Ledyard, Conn., went into cardiac arrest Thursday night.
Waller and Peter Asher hit No. 1 on music charts around the world in 1964 with their debut single "A World Without Love.'' McCartney, who at the time was dating Asher's sister, actress Jane Asher, wrote the song.
The duo also hit the charts with other songs written by McCartney, including "Nobody I Know" and "I Don't Want To See You Again." Although McCartney wrote the songs, they were jointly credited to him and John Lennon, as was all their work at the time.
Peter and Gordon's other hits included their versions of Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces" and the Buddy Holly song "True Love Ways," both in 1965; "Lady Godiva," 1966; and "Knight in Rusty Armour" reached the top 20 in 1967.
"Woman," another McCartney song not to be confused with Lennon's later song of the same name – also reached the top 20 in 1966.
According to the book The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz, McCartney had started writing "A World Without Love" as a teenager. By the time the Beatles reached the top in 1963-64, it wasn't up to their current standard, and it had also been rejected by another singer as "too soft.''
McCartney then rewrote it a bit and gave it to Asher. He and Waller "sang it with a pleasant laid-back yearning that transformed the song into a perfectly acceptable pop hit," Spitz wrote.
Peter Asher's website says Peter and Gordon had nine Top 20 records from 1964 until they split in 1968.
"Gordon played such a significant role in my life that losing him is hard to comprehend – let alone to tolerate," Asher said in a statement. "Gordon remains one of my very favourite singers of all time and I am still so proud of the work that we did together. I am just a harmony guy and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo.''
After the duo broke up, Asher went on to a long career as a producer. Working for the Beatles' Apple records, he produced James Taylor's first album. In the 1970s, he produced other Taylor albums as well as Linda Ronstadt's string of hits.
Waller was born in Braemar, Scotland. He met Asher at Westminister School in London, according to the duo's MySpace page.
Peter and Gordon, who both played acoustic guitar during their shows, reunited in 2005 for occasional performances. They had several dates this year, including two shows in Kentucky Aug. 27 and 28 and one at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut on Nov. 29.
On his own web page, Gordon said his time with Asher was "some of the happiest moments of my life.''
"I was able to tour with the Beatles in 1967 and see the world with Peter Asher and most of all play the music that I love,'' Gordon said on his Web page. "I still follow the same simple philosophy today and that is if it sounds good and the words mean something then you have a good song.''
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:50 PM   #2
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Yeah, I was very sorry to hear that. Peter and Gordon made some very good music together.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:19 PM   #3
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Another sad report from the world of music. One ofthe very first records I heard when I was little was my parents copy of the Peter & Gordon single "Lady Godiva". I thought the music was funny even if I didn't get the reference then.

What I like more though was it's flipside,"Morning's Calling" a dramatic almost rock-like song about a young person who runs from problems,apperently stays out all night also, instead of dealing with situations. Both songs arefrom the "Lady Godiva" album.

Of course the big #1 was the Lennon/McCartney penned "A World Without Love" from 1964. Which I bought 20 years ago myself.

I had been working on geting all ten of their hits but only have found five. Now I really must get the remaining five.


Here's a list of the American singles of Peter & Gordon :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_%26_Gordon

Rest in peace Mr. Waller. I thank you and your partner for beiong an early part of my later love of music. Thank you for "Morning's Calling" especially.
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:21 AM   #4
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I know it's been nearly a month but I had to post here,today i actually found a CD of all ten of Peter & Gordon's top 40 Hits.

I won't liste them here becaue I already have the wikipedia link , but it was great find and best of all...it was free.

I went to a book & record store and tried to sell some LPs. They accepts 2 out of the 6 but would only either give me $1 and album or a $6 in store credit on anything I got.

I searched around and couldn't find anything worth it but then , there it was.

There was a second one for $8 w/ more songs but I just went with the even $6 one.

This and my picture sleeve copies of "True Love Ways" & "I Don't Want To See You Again" and my other two 45s of "A World Without Love" & "Lady Godive" are the best tribute I can give to Gordon Weller.

One question,I've never been able to find out,he was the one wthout the glasses right?
Just wondering.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:45 AM   #5
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He didn't wear glasses.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:45 AM   #6
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Hi Borderstone,
Yes, Gordon was without the glasses, Peter with.
Here is a shot of them performing together in later years.
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Charlene, you beat me to the post by a few seconds....!!!
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'World Without Love' - a Lennon-McCartney composition performed by Peter Asher & Gordon Waller.

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Hi, Yuri! Glad you posted this. I hadn't heard. Reminded me of a "Biography" I recently saw and there was a clip of Peter and Gordon on it, and I thought, "I haven't thought about this guys in years! I should try to find some tape on them." "Summer Song" was always one of my favorites. Harmony always impresses me, I just cannot harmonize - think of a "Lucy" show where she insisted she could sing harmony so they go at it and she always ends up singing the other guy's part. I think of that when I see Rick or Terry harmonizing with Gord. It must be so great to have that ability! Later - SherylKat
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:28 AM   #10
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"I haven't thought about this guys in years! I should try to find some tape on them." "Summer Song" was always one of my favorites.
Actually, A Summer Song is Chad & Jeremy. They are still touring, sound fabulous and were slated this fall to do a show with Peter & Gordon. I've seen C&J a couple of times in concert and am amazed at how great they still sound!
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #11
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Thanks guys,I had a feeling I was right but wanted to be sure.

Wow,it's always mind blowing to see artists & how they look years later. Would not have recognized them,given the old clips I have seen.

Great clips here by the way.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #12
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MistyM - More trivia, Peter Asher at Apple Records produced James Taylor's 1st album (self titled) in 1968 and numerous albums thereafter. He also produced a host of other notable names in the following years. Busy boy!
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