Peter & Gordon
Synopsis of Pop Music
In 1965 Peter and Gordon had a hit with I Go To Pieces. It wasnt long after you would hear....
"I don't care what they say,
I wont stay in a world without love."
Peter & Gordon were the first post-Beatles English group to go to #1 on the American charts. Their success let people on this side of the Atlantic know that the British Invasion was here to stay, as this duo parlayed their success into a nice run of hits that effectively mixed folk and pop sounds. They further benefited from the fact that many of these hits were written by former Beatle Paul McCartney.
Peter Asher and Gordon Waller were childhood friends who loved music from an early age and set their sights on a professional music career after graduating from school. They soon attracted record company interest and got a lucky break when McCartney, who was then dating Peter’s younger sister, gave them a song to record. The song, a plaintive tune called “A World Without Love,” quickly went to #1 in England and America. It would eventually top the charts in nine other countries.
Peter & Gordon followed this smashing success with two more McCartney-penned hits: “Nobody I Know” and “I Don’t Want To See You Again.” They quickly developed that resembled what the Everly Brothers might have sounded like if they preferred folk to country. In fact, the folky edge that distinguished the Peter & Gordon sound would influence future folk-rockers, most notably the Byrds.
Peter & Gordon continued to make regular trips to the pop charts throughout 1965. “I Go To Pieces” was given to them by fellow musician Del Shannon and soon charted in the Top-10. The duo also added cover versions to their repertoire and had further hits with Buddy Holly’s “True Love Ways” and the Teddy Bears’ “To Know You Is To Love You.” The band’s success continued into 1966 with “Woman,” another McCartney original, and “Lady Godiva,” a novelty tune about the infamous English historical figure.
Peter & Gordon announced they were breaking up in 1967 after one last hit, “Knights In Rusty Armor.” However, they continued to perform and record together occasionally until making the split permanent in 1968. At this point, Waller went on to a solo career and acted in musicals like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He would continue to pursue these dual careers until retiring from the music business in 1973. Asher took on a successful career as a record producer and has worked with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Randy Newman, and 10,000 Maniacs.
Both men continue to be active today: Waller recently recorded a solo album and Asher continues to be in demand as a producer. Peter & Gordon have not reunited since their split, but it’s very likely that their gentle, folk-tinged sound will continue to entertain pop fans and influence musicians for a long while.
Artist Release History1964 - Peter & Gordon
1964 - In Touch With...
1964 - A World Without Love
1965 - I Don't Want to See You Again
1965 - I Go to Pieces
1965 - True Love Ways
1965 - Hurtin' 'n' Lovin'
1966 - Woman
1966 - Somewhere
1967 - A Knight in Rusty Armour
1967 - Lady Godiva
1968 - Hot Cold & Custard
1972 - Gordon
1976 - In London for Tea
1995 - EP Collection (compilation)
2001 - The Ultimate Peter & Gordon (compilation)
Pop Sub Categoriespop
Essential Music AlbumsThe Ultimate Peter & Gordon (Collectors)
Band MembersPeter Asher vocals, guitar
Gordon Waller vocals, guitar