Peter Asher
Record producer
Peter Asher
Peter Lawrence Asher is an English guitarist, singer, manager and record producer. He first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the vocal duo Peter and Gordon, before going on to a successful career as a record producer.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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A Peter & Gordon reunion: Peter Asher pays tribute at the Laguna Playhouse
LATimes - about 1 year
When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press: "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher will bring his British Invasion tribute show to Laguna...
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Musicians Bring the Joy (No Tears) to Star-Studded Show
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The weather was too beautiful, so Judith Owen was depressed. The Welsh singer-songwriter was living in Southern California with her then-new husband, Harry Shearer, but as December 25th loomed, Santa Monica remained a decidedly un-Christmas-y 78 degrees, and she was homesick for the chill and gray skies of London. "Bad weather means Christmas to me," says Owen. So she and Shearer invited their musician and comedian friends over for some entertaining. "The show started as a party in our home to try to comfort Judith," says Shearer of the woman he met in Britain during a 1992 Spinal Tap tour (he heard a gorgeous voice singing as he was checking into his hotel -- in Derek Smalls hair extensions, no less -- and followed the sound to where Owen was performing). Talented friends turned that first L.A. party into a triumphant jam session -- irreverent and reverent -- and an annual family tradition was born. After the flooding of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, their ho ...
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Conversations with Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Big Star's Jody Stephens and Red's Michael Barnes, Plus Rachael Sage & Judy Collins and Goodnight, Texas Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 2 years
RACHAEL SAGE & JUDY COLLINS' "HELPLESS" EXCLUSIVE photo credit: Nick Clark According to Rachael Sage... "I don't do many cover songs--because I've been writing my own compositions since I was a little kid, it's just not really my thing generally, and I can count the ones I've recorded on less than one hand. But there was something about this song, after I was invited to perform it at a Neil Young tribute at NYC's Highline Ballroom, that just slayed me. It's so essential, and has so much space built into the song itself which must be why so many artists love to reinterpret it; it breathes in such an effortless way, and sounds as expansive as what it's describing. It was such a thrill to record this track with Judy Collins, who has not only been a generous and inspirational mentor to me through the years, but who is also such a great master at making the songs of others her very own. We had so much fun singing 'Helpless' together as a duet in the studio, and it was also an ...
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The Songwriter Might Surprise You: Artists Who Wrote Hit Songs That Others Made Famous
Huffington Post - about 3 years
There is so much well-deserved attention focused on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles US arrival and appearance of on The Ed Sullivan Show. But here's a bit of interesting history. In the 1960s, when Paul McCartney was dating Jane Asher, he was often found hanging around her family's house. Asher's parents took pity on him and offered him the guest room at the top of the house as a pied-à-terre. When McCartney wasn't on the road, he shared the room with Jane's brother, Peter Asher (pictured with McCartney below). "During that time," Peter recalls, "I got to hear songs in various states of creation which Paul played, and one of them was this unfinished song called 'World Without Love.' All he had was a couple of verses. John didn't think it was right for The Beatles. Nobody jumped on it." Some months later, Peter got a record deal with his own group, Peter and Gordon. So Peter asked Paul if the unwanted song was still around. It was. "World Without Love" hit the top of the cha ...
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The Beatles on ‘Ed Sullivan’: 50 Years Later
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landmark “Ed Sullivan Show” performance, Donovan, Peter Asher, Beatles scholar Martin Lewis and their secretary, Freda Kelly, reflect on the band's legacy and Beatlemania in America. (Photo: AP)
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Kenny Loggins On The Blue Sky Riders And How His Approach To Music Has Changed
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Logic, it turns out, isn't always the way to go, at least not for Kenny Loggins. Had he listened to that particular little voice in his head, the two-time Grammy winner with 12 platinum records would be kicking back at home right now in Santa Barbara, Calif. Instead, at 65, he's hitting the stage and studio with a whole new act and a whole new sound nearly five decades into his music career. He's got three songs on a CD tucked inside a new "Frosty the Snowman" picture book out on Imagine, Peter Yarrow's imprint. But he's been making serious music with the Blue Sky Riders, his country rock trio with Nashville's Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. They have a new Christmas CD, "Finally Home," co-produced by Peter Asher and featuring a tune called "Dream" that has this line: "You take the glory days/I'll take what's on its way/No one can tell me my best days are done." ___ The Associated Press: How has storytelling changed for you? Loggins: At the beginning of my car ...
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The Rhino Records Story Takes Shape Part 6: Business Advice From Rock Stars
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In the mid-1970s, my business partner Richard Foos and I were two college graduates with little more than a passion for music and a record store on Westwood Boulevard in L.A. How did we get the knowhow to launch a record label, Rhino, and make it into a major entertainment company? There was no wise mentor peeking over our shoulders, and neither of us had been to business school. While we got advice from many people, some of the most important tips didn't come from business executives. They came from a less common source: rock stars and their producers. For a time in the seventies, Mike Chapman was the hottest record producer, with hits by Blondie, the Knack, Exile and others. One evening when I visited him in the recording studio, he floated a concept that I had never considered before. During a lull, he postulated, "I could have been anything I wanted to be. I could have been a doctor or a lawyer, but I chose to be a record producer." I had never thought of myself in that way. If h ...
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David Wild: Steve Martin: My First, My Last, My Everything
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
The first performer who I ever saw in concert was Steve Martin, and whether this man wants the credit or not, he changed my life forever. I was just a little kid, taken along with my brother and sister by our parents to Carnegie Hall to see The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a brilliant country rock band that has already performed an extraordinary public service by bringing the spotlight back to the timeless beauty of bluegrass music with their classic album Will The Circle Be Unbroken. How my middle-aged Jewish dad in New Jersey became a bluegrass fan in the Seventies and fell in love with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy album, I don't exactly know, but I certainly thank God that he did. Now that Dad is gone, I listen to that album all the time, and I still smile and think of him. In that way, the circle really is unbroken. For anyone not lucky enough to know them, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were -- and actually are -- an amazing and enduring musica ...
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Music News: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Collaborate on New Album Love Has Come For You
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Music News: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Collaborate on New Album Love Has Come For You Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:42 am, Sunday, January 20, 2013 First he was a "Wild and Crazy Guy." [...] she's released nine albums - some solo, some with New Bohemians, and some with the Gaddabouts. The album, produced by legend Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) features other notable players as well, including Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), and Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), not to mention the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom Martin recorded Rare Bird Alert and toured extensively.
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Georgia Middleman: My First Nashville Recording Session: The Stunning Lesson I'll Never Forget
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Singer/songwriters Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman recently formed the new band Blue Sky Riders, and were profiled by Huff/Post50 in February. They are finishing their first album and will be chronicling their experiences as a band in this blog. My name is Middleman. But don't let the name fool you. These guys make sure that's not my job in this band. I work with two very strong male personalities and though at times they butt heads, they're very sensitive to the fact that I will not be the tie-breaker. Unless of course, I have my own distinctive opinion about the issue at hand ... then in that case, democracy goes out the window and we all go my way. (Okay, maybe not.) I remember my first recording session in Nashville. I had written an uptempo song that I thought was a smash. As I was directing the band, the piano player/band leader said, "You know, this is really a ballad." I said, "Oh, no, this is definitely an uptempo song..." to which my publisher sai ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Rodrigo y Gabriela record new album in Cuba - HitFix (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Dublin-based, Mexico-born duo recently returned from 10 days in Cuba, where they recorded with producer Peter Asher, who first worked with them on the music for “Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.” “We became friends and they asked me
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Stars come out to see Peter Asher in San Francisco - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
If you've seen or heard about Peter Asher's wonderful "Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond" show, you know it's a scrapbook of memories of his life and career, including, of course, Peter & Gordon of which he was one-half of the duo
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SFist Tonight, 8/30: Butthole Surfers, Pete Asher Musical Memoir, Cockyasians ... - SFist
Google News - over 5 years
(8 pm, The Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter Street) PERFORMANCE: Peter Asher, legendary record producer, artistic manager, and one-half of British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon, presents his new multimedia show, “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Asher
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 70
    Asher was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the British music industry.
    More Details Hide Details Recently, Peter Asher has been playing shows as part of a duo with Albert Lee that showcases songs from both their careers. Asher had a short-lived relationship with singer Millie Small, also known as Millie, who sang "My Boy Lollipop".
  • 2011
    Age 66
    In 2011 Asher was the executive producer of the Listen to Me: Buddy Holly compilation album and also music supervisor, producer, and co-host of the Buddy Holly: Listen to Me; The Ultimate Buddy Party PBS Pledge Special.
    More Details Hide Details Performed and filmed in front of a live audience the Buddy Holly tribute concert aired as PBS Pledge Special in December 2011 and May and June 2012. The Special received the highest 2012 Silver Telly Award in the Category of TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces.
  • 2009
    Age 64
    However, Waller died in 2009 and in its obituary, The Times observed that "Waller was thought more handsome than the slightly nerdish looking Asher".
    More Details Hide Details Asher had been quoted as saying that actor Mike Myers has said he had patterned his Austin Powers character after Asher's appearance, although Elizabeth Hurley, who co-starred in Austin Powers, claimed that the original model was broadcaster Simon Dee.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    Asher also reunited with James Taylor as the producer of the Live at the Troubadour reunion album recorded in 2007, with Carole King and Taylor's original band.
    More Details Hide Details During 2005 and 2006, Peter and Gordon reformed for occasional concerts.
    In 2007 Asher joined forces with his friend Simon Renshaw (who manages the Dixie Chicks) at the company Simon founded, Strategic Artist Management.
    More Details Hide Details Strategic has grown into a dominant force in the entertainment industry, now managing artists in many fields of endeavour beyond just music – one of Asher's clients is Pamela Anderson.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In January 2005 he was named President, the position he held until September 2006, when he resigned.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 57
    At the beginning of 2002, Asher left Sony and returned full-time to the management of artists' careers as co-President of Sanctuary Artist Management.
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  • 1995
    Age 50
    In February 1995, Asher was named Senior Vice-President, Sony Music Entertainment.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 38
    He was married twice, first to Betty Doster. In 1983, he married his second wife, Wendy Worth.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Victoria Asher, was born in 1984. She is the keytarist in the American synthpop/pop punk band, Cobra Starship. After living in Los Angeles for many years, Asher and his wife relocated with their daughter to New York in the mid-1990s. All releases by Peter and Gordon unless noted.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    In 1976, Asher and Waller reformed for the annual New York "Beatlefest" and played a few other dates.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s, Asher also worked on hit albums for artists as diverse as Cher and 10,000 Maniacs.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 25
    He also produced a number of Taylor's recordings from 1970 to 1985, including Sweet Baby James, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, JT and Flag.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1970s Asher also managed the country rock band, Country, which recorded for Atlantic Records through its subsidiary Clean Records, featuring Michael Fondiler and Tom Snow, who has since become a songwriter. For a time, Asher also managed James Taylor's sister Kate Taylor. When she decided to leave the business, she recommended him to Linda Ronstadt at which point Asher became Ronstadt's manager. Asher achieved his greatest success producing a long string of multi-platinum albums for James Taylor, including Sweet Baby James, JT and Flag, and for Linda Ronstadt, including Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams, Living in the USA, What's New, Canciones De Mi Padre and Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood was opened on 23 September 1973 by Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler along with original partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    After Peter and Gordon disbanded in 1968, Asher took charge of the A&R department at the Beatles' Apple Records label, where he signed a then-unknown James Taylor and agreed to produce the singer-songwriter's debut solo album.
    More Details Hide Details The album was not a success, but Asher was so convinced that Taylor held great potential that he resigned his post at Apple to move to the United States and work as Taylor's manager. Asher produced Paul Jones' rendition of the Bee Gees' "And the Sun Will Shine" which was released as a single (only in the UK).
  • 1965
    Age 20
    In 1965, he was best man when singer Marianne Faithfull married John Dunbar in Cambridge.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on June 22, 1944.
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