|Peter Asher says Gordon was the duo's heart and soul|
[Posted Friday, 07/17/09 2:47 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Peter Asher released this official statement today, on the passing of his partner, Gordon Waller:
Gordon played such a significant role in my life that losing him is hard to comprehend ? let alone to tolerate.
He was my best friend at school almost half a century ago. He was not only my musical partner but played a key role in my conversion from only a snooty jazz fan to a true rock and roll believer as well. Without Gordon I would never have begun my career in the music business in the first place. Our professional years together in the sixties constitute a major part of my life and I have always treasured them.
We remained good friends (unusual for a duo!) even while we were pursuing entirely separate professional paths and I was so delighted that after a hiatus of almost forty years we ended up singing and performing together again more recently for the sheer exhilarating fun of it. We had a terrific time doing so.
Gordon remains one of my very favourite singers of all time and I am still so proud of the work that we did together. I am just a harmony guy and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo.
I shall miss him in so many different ways. The idea that I shall never get to sing those songs with him again, that I shall never again be able to get annoyed when he interrupts me on stage or to laugh at his unpredictable sense of humour or even to admire his newest model train or his latest gardening effort is an unthinkable change in my life with which I have not even begun to come to terms.
-Peter Asher, July 17, 2009
Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon, dead at 64
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 07/17/09 12:32 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Sad news for Beatles fans. Gordon Waller, one half of 1960s singing duo Peter & Gordon, passed away early today at age 64, in a hospital near his home in Connecticut. He suffered a cardiac arrest.
Peter & Gordon had nine Top Forty hits in the USA, UK and most major countries in the world between 1964-1968. Four of their hits were specially written for them by Paul McCartney, "A World Without Love," which was the first Lennon-McCartney composition not recorded by The Beatles to reach number one on the charts, "Nobody I Know", "I Don't Want To See You Again" and "Woman".
In recent years Waller had reunited professionally with his singing partner Peter Asher and the duo performed well-attended reunion concerts throughout the world. In December, 2005, Peter & Gordon performed at the 10,000 capacity Araneta Coliseum in Manilla and at the Hard Rock Cafe, Makati, Philippines.
|Peter and Gordon at the Las Vegas Beatles Fest in 2007|
At their first full concert in 38 years in North America, held at the Beatles fan convention in New York in March 2006, event host Martin Lewis surprised the duo by reading them a special message he'd secured from their old friend Paul McCartney:
"What the world needs now is Peter & Gordon to sing their songs and remind us all of the fab years they are from. I'm very glad to hear that they have got together after these many moons and are going to help to make a World Without Love into a love-filled planet."
Waller's last major appearance with Peter Asher was in Los Angeles last August, 2008, on the 40th anniversary of their last performance in the 1960s. They performed to an audience of over 17,000, including many Hollywood stars, at The Santa Monica Pier and were joined on stage by longtime friend and admirer Joan Baez. They also appeared at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, for the 50th tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper who performed their last show there in 1959.
Waller is survived by his wife Jen, whom he married in March 2008, by his first wife Gay, with whom he had stayed on excellent terms, by their two daughters Phillipa and Natalie, by his granddaughter Tyler, and by his two younger sisters Diana and Annie.