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
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, Rovi