Hello, Peter and Gordon were a pop vocal duo formed in London, England. Peter Asher, born on June 22, 1944 in London, England and Gordon Waller, born on June 4, 1945 in Braemar, Scotland, recorded many hit records during the British Invasion of the mid 1960s. Paul McCartney, who was dating Peter Asher’s sister, actress Jane Asher, wrote many of their songs during this time. The songs were credited to Lennon/McCartney as were most of their songs written during this time.
Peter and Gordon’s first hit in the US made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on May 9, 1964. A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE written by McCartney and released on Capitol Records in the US climbed right to the very top of the Hot 100 at #1. The single remained on the chart for 12 weeks and sold over 1 million records, earning the duo a “Gold Record”.
In June of 1964 another single made its Hot 100 debut, NOBODY I KNOW began its 9 week stay on the chart, climbing to #12. Worldwide sales of the single were over 1 million and the duo was awarded their second “Gold Record”. In October they charted their third Hot 100 hit of 1964, I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN another McCartney written tune. The single charted at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Peter and Gordon’s first hit of 1965 was I GO TO PIECES. The single made it debut on January 9, 1965. I GO TO PIECES was written by Del Shannon and became their second US Top 10 single, charting at #9 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 11 weeks. In April of 1965 a remake of the Buddy Holly classic, TRUE LOVE WAYS became a hit for the duo. The single charted at #14 and sold over 1 million copies becoming their third million-seller. Their next hit record was a remake of The Teddy Bears #1 hit of 1958…TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU…a slight change in the title, the original was…TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM. Their recording peaked at #24 on the Hot 100.
In 1966 Peter and Gordon continued their string of hit records. Their first hit charted on February 12, 1966…WOMAN…written by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym of Bernard Webb began its climb up the chart, peaking at #14. In October they charted…LADY GODIVA a record that would become their last, US Top 10 hit, climbing to #6 on the Hot 100 and becoming Peter and Gordon’s 4th million-seller. Their last Top 20 US hit charted in December of 1966 and would remain on the chart for 9 weeks…KNIGHT IN RUSTY ARMOUR climbed to #15.
The last Top 40 US hit was…SUNDAY FOR TEA, charting at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Peter and Gordon would chart 14 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1964 and 1967. Peter Asher continued his career in record production and management. He worked with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and others throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In July of 2009, Gordon Waller passed away at the age of 64. Their wonderful recordings are still favorites on oldies radio…Peter and Gordon’s smooth style with a song gave them many hits, that became a part of the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.