A World Without Love By Peter And Gordon

The Beatles may not have been number one on June 27, 1964, but a Lennon/McCartney tune was at the top of the charts. Actually it was a Paul McCartney composition but attributed to the duo.

Peter Asher (1944) and Gordon Waller (1945-2009) were a pop duo formed in the early 1960’s who placed 14 songs on the pop charts 1964-1967. The sang a gentle brand of light pop/rock.

Peter Asher had a younger sister Jane. A lot of people have younger sisters but very few who dated Paul McCartney. “A World Without Love” was rejected by the Beatles and then by Billy J Kramer. Peter and Gordon were offered the song and after some re-writing by McCartney, released it as their first single. It spent the week of June 27, 1964, as the number one song in the United States.

McCartney would write “Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,: and “Woman” for the duo and all would reach the American top 20.

They would re-unite a number of times but Peter Asher would become one of the legendary producers of the rock era (James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt among others). They left behind the first Lennon/McCartney song to top the charts other than by the Beatles.


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