Showing posts with label Peter Asher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peter Asher. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Upcoming book from Peter Asher: "Beatles A to Zed"

Not only did Peter Asher cover Lennon-McCartney tunes as one half of Peter and Gordon during the 1960s, he also worked for Apple Records and - as Jane Asher's brother - was practically Paul McCartney's brother-in-law. Paul even lived in Asher family home during the height of Beatlemania.

So, in short, he know some stuff about the Beatles. And now he's putting it in a book.

"The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour" is set for publication by Henry Holt later this year.

Here are some details from the publisher:

A legendary record producer and performer takes readers on an alphabetical journey of insights into the music of the Beatles and individual reminiscences of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

Peter Asher met the Beatles in the spring of 1963, the start of a lifelong association with the band and its members. He had a front-row seat as they elevated pop music into an art form, and he was present at the creation of some of the most iconic music of our times.

But Asher was also a talented musician in his own right, with a great ear for what was new and fresh. Once, when Paul McCartney wrote a song that John Lennon didn’t think was right for the Beatles, Asher asked if he could record it. “A World Without Love” became a global number-one hit for his duo, Peter and Gordon. A few years later Asher was asked by Paul McCartney to help start Apple Records and the first artist Asher discovered and signed up was a young American singer-songwriter named James Taylor. Before long he would be not only managing and producing Taylor but also (having left Apple and moved to Los Angeles) working with Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Robin Williams, Joni Mitchell and Cher, among others.

In The Beatles from A to Zed, based upon twenty-six episodes of his current and highly popular radio show “From Me to You” on the Beatles Channel of SiriusXM, Peter Asher shares his memories and insights about the Fab Four, weaving his reflections into a whimsical alphabetical journey that focuses not only on songs whose titles start with each letter, but also on recurrent themes in the Beatles’ music, the instruments they played, the innovations they pioneered, the artists who influenced them, the key people in their lives, and the cultural events of the time.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

History: Jane Asher interview in Fabulous Magazine March 21, 1965

THE FIRST disc that Jane Asher ever bought was 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bed Post Overnight?' by Lonnie Donegan.

"I've changed a lot since those days," said Jane. She smoothed back her long red hair in a thoughtful fashion. "I'm very fond of rhythm and blues now. Chuck Berry and Sonny Boy Williamson are two of my favourites."

She only has one great hate in the music world and that's traditional jazz.

"I just don't like it. It sets my teeth on edge. Some modern jazz is okay. I have records by Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington and I like them."

Some time ago Jane went to audition for a record company to cut a disc.

"I was trembling like a leaf," said Jane, "and the song came out sounding rather like a rusty door on very squeaky hinges. It was never issued. As a singer, I make a very good actress."

At that moment Jane's brother, Peter, walked into the room. There's no mistaking the family resemblance. Pete has a shorter thatch of that magnificent red hair of which Jane is rightly proud.

"Here's the star of the family," said Jane, introducing me. "Pete has just cut his first disc with a school friend named Gordon."

The number is called 'World Without Love' and the boys call themselves simply Peter and Gordon. "Who wrote it?" I asked.
"John and Paul," replied Jane.
"Paul who?" I inquired innocently. Jane shot me a withering glance.

I left looking suitably withered.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Asher Family "all have red hair!"

Here's a great pic posted by the Truth about the Beatles Girls blog:

Jane Asher, girlfriend of Paul McCartney during most of this Beatles years, and her brother Peter (of Peter and Gordon fame) and her younger sister, Clare, where all stage, radio and screen actors during the 1960s.