The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was another British import; “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon. The song was written by Paul McCartney but under an an arrangement with their record contract it was listed as Lennon-McCartney as the writer. John Lennon had mentioned once that he thought that Paul had already written the song before he joined the Beatles. Both Paul and John didn’t think that the song was right for the Beatles so they let Peter and Gordon record it. Paul McCartney was dating Peter’s sister, Jane Asher at that time.
A World Without Love” was the first song released by Peter and Gordon and it was their only number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box charts. It stayed there for only the week of 21-27 June, 1964. Other popular songs by the group were “Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,” “Woman,” “I Go to Pieces,” “Lady Godiva” and “Knight In Rusty Armour.” They broke up in 1968. Gordon Waller tried to have a musical career by himself but didn’t have much success. Peter Asher started working for Apple Records as a talent scout. He later moved to California where he managed and produced Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Peter also produced recordings for Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, and Diana Ross. He and Gordon got back together again in 2005 and toured until 2009 when Gordon Waller died.
Peter and Gordon have their own website but it appears it hasn’t been updated in a few years.
Download Peter and Gordon songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.