From a 1960s pop star to being a respected artist manager and a highly successful record producer, Peter Asher's musical life has come full circle, as he has resumed live performing once again.
Although Peter and Gordon became one of the most commercially successful British Invasion groups of the early 1960s, Peter Asher recalls it all as a pleasant chain of fortuitous circumstances.
In part through his long-standing friendship with Paul McCartney, Asher became the head of Artists & Repertoire for the Beatles' Apple Records, where he signed an American singer-songwriter, James Taylor, and produced his debut album. After Apple folded, Asher teamed with Taylor as both manager and producer for several years. Toward the end of that time, he recalls, his attention was drawn to another emerging performer.
In yet another role, Asher took part in a PBS television special dedicated to the musical legacy of Buddy Holly, who wrote "True Love Ways," one of Peter and Gordon's many hits. Buddy Holly: Listen to Me airs on KRCB television on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 pm.