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In June 1964, Peter & Gordon became the very first British Invasion act after the Beatles to take the number one spot on the American charts with "A World Without Love." That hit, and their subsequent successes, were due as much or more to their important connections as to their talent. Peter Asher was the older brother of Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's girlfriend for much of the '60s. This no doubt gave Asher and Gordon Waller access to Lennon-McCartney compositions that were unrecorded by the Beatles, such as "A World Without Love" and three of their other biggest hits, "Nobody I Know," "I Don't Want to See You Again," and "Woman" (the last of which was written by McCartney under a pseudonym). But Peter & Gordon were significant talents in their own right, a sort of Everly Brothers-styled duo for the British Invasion that faintly prefigured the folk-rock of the mid-'60s. In fact, when Gene Clark first approached Jim McGuinn in 1964 about working together in a group that would eventually evolve into the Byrds, he suggested that they could form a Peter & Gordon-styled act. Asher and Waller had been singing together since their days at Westminster School for Boys, a private school in London. "A World Without Love" was their biggest and best hit, one that sounded very much like the Beatles' more pop-oriented originals. Their other two 1964 hits, "Nobody I Know" and "I Don't Want to See You Again," were pleasant but less distinguished. Sounding like McCartney-dominated Beatles rejects (which, in fact, they were), the production employed a softer, more acoustic feel than the hits by the Beatles and other early British Invasion guitar bands. "I Don't Want to See You Again" used strings, as would several of the duo's subsequent hits, which became increasingly middle-of-the-road in their pop orientation. Some scattered folky B-sides showed that Asher and Waller may have been capable of developing into decent songwriters, but like many of the less talented British Invaders, their lack of songwriting acumen and ability to move with the times, would eventually work against them. They did continue to hit the charts for a couple of years, with updates of the oldies "True Love Ways" (Buddy Holly) and "To Know You Is to Love You" (a variation of the Teddy Bears' "To Know Her Is to Love Her"). There was also a Top Ten cover of Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces," and the brassy, McCartney-penned "Woman." The overtly cute British novelty "Lady Godiva," though, became their last big hit in late 1966. After Peter & Gordon broke up in 1968, Asher became an enormously successful producer, first as the director of A&R at the Beatles' Apple Records (where he worked on James Taylor's first album). Relocating to Los Angeles in the '70s, he was one of the principal architects of mellow California rock, producing Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  2.   A World Without Love
  3.   I Go to Pieces
  4.   Lady Godiva
  5.   Nobody I Know
  6.   To Know You Is to Love You
  7.   Woman
  8.   True Love Ways
  9.   I Don't Want to See You Again
  10.   Knight in Rusty Armour
  11.   If I Were You
  12.   Five Hundred Miles
  13.   Broken Promises
  14.   A Wolrd Without Love
  15.   Watcha Gonna Do 'Bout It
  16.   The Race Is on
  17.   Someone Ain't Right
  18.   Leave My Woman Alone
  19.   The Quest for the Holy Grail
  20.   Memphis
  21.   Crying in the Rain
  22.   Cry to Me
  23.   High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  24.   Let It Be Me
  25.   Lucille
  26.   Tell Me How
  27.   Red, Cream and Velvet
  28.   All My Trials
  29.   She Needs Love
  30.   Here Comes That Hurt Again
  31.   I Feel Like Going Out
  32.   Before You Go
  33.   Don't Pity Me
  34.   Sweet Dreams
  35.   All Shook Up
  36.   'Cos You're a Star
  37.   Uncle Hartington
  38.   Freedom Is a Breakfast Food
  39.   Sally Go 'Round the Roses
  40.   Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
  41.   I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  42.   Please Help Me, I'm Falling
  43.   Homeward Bound
  44.   Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)
  45.   A Mess of Blues
  46.   A Taste of Honey
  47.   When I Fall in Love
  48.   Exodus
  49.   Long Time Gone
  50.   Somewhere
  51.   You've Got Your Troubles
  52.   Willow Garden
  53.   The Magic Story of the Park Keeper and His Fairy Godmother
  54.   Stop, Look and Listen
  55.   Till There Was You
  56.   Greener Days
  57.   You've Had Better Times
  58.   Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
  59.   Sipping My Wine
  60.   Goodbye My Love
  61.   Never Ever
  62.   Sunday for Tea
  63.   A Young Girl
  64.   Stranger With a Black Dove
  65.   I'm Your Puppet
  66.   I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
  67.   I've Got a Tiger by the Tail
  68.   Leave Me in the Rain
  69.   Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
  70.   When the Black of Your Eyes Turn Grey
  71.   Good Morning Blues
  72.   If I Fell
  73.   Mornings Calling
  74.   Young and Beautiful
  75.   Black, Brown and Gold
  76.   The Green Leaves of Summer (The Alamo)
  77.   Last Night I Woke
  78.   Trouble in Mind
  79.   You Don't Have to Tell Me
  80.   Pretty Mary
  81.   Start Trying Someone Else
  82.   There's No Living Without Your Loving
  83.   My Babe
  84.   My Heart Skips a Beat
  85.   I Still Love You
  86.   Love Me, Baby
  87.   500 Miles Away From Home
  88.   I Don't Care What They Say
  89.   Two Little Love Birds
  90.   Who's Loving You
  91.   I Can Remember
  92.   Sleepless Nights
  93.   My First Day Alone
  94.   Freight Train
  95.   Hurtin' Is Lovin'
  96.   I Would Buy You Presents
  97.   What You Gonna Do 'Bout It
  98.   Lonely Street
  99.   I Know a Man
  100.   To Show I Love You
  101.   Barbara Allen
  102.   London at Night
  103.   Baby What You Want Me To Do
  104.   Wrong from the Start
  105.   The Town I Live In
  106.   If You Wish
  107.   Baby I'm Yours
  108.   A Mess of the Blues
  109.   A Boy With Nothing
  110.   My Little Girl's Gone
  111.   The Flower Lady
  112.   Tears Don't Stop
  113.   Colour Blue
  114.   Land of Oden
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