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|Peter Asher's Musical Memoir of the 60's and Beyond|
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 12/04/10 10:01 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Last night Peter Asher presented his new show "Musicial Memoir of the 60's and Beyond!" in a club in New York City for a small but enthusiastic and sold-out crowd.
Through the performance, Asher screened vintage clips of Peter & Gordon on the Ed Sullivan Show, on Hullabaloo and even a comedic turn on the Red Skeleton Show. He told some great stories and shared marvelous memories. He referred to The Beatles as "a tribute band" to American music, and he talked about Paul McCartney and his sister Jane Asher's relationship.
Musical highlights included a beautiful rendering of "I Don't Want to See You Again," "Nobody I Know," and the Stones' "As Tears Go By" before Asher talked about his late partner Gordon Waller, a huge Buddy Holly fan. We were treated to "True Love Ways" and after that Asher talked a lot more about The Beatles, and his job as A & R (artist & repetoire) producer for Apple.
He not only discussed his meetings with The Beatles at the record company, he also reminisced about Apple's early signings of Mary Hopkin, James Taylor and the Iveys. The Iveys became Badfinger, and Asher's keyboard player at the show was Jeff Alan Ross, who toured with Joey Molland, Mike Gibbons and Badfinger in 1986-87. They performed "Day After Day" and soon afterward, "Woman" which was written by Paul under the name "Bernard Webb."
A highight was when Asher joined his former duo partner Gordon in some clips on the screen. The show concluded with "World Without Love" which featured a karaoke-like audience singalong, and then "Lady Godiva."
The event was a fun mix of music and memories presented with class and some humor by a true veteran of the music scene.
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