Be in the theater audience as SiriusXM records Peter Asher for broadcast! It’s sure to be a night of music, reminiscence, and fun.
Peter Asher’s legendary music career began in 1964 as one-half of the British singing duo Peter and Gordon, who amassed nine Top 20 records during their career. Their debut single, “A World without Love” (a song given to them by Paul McCartney), went to number one in over thirty countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. In 1968, Asher became head of the artists and repertoire division of the Beatles’ newly formed record company, Apple Records, where he worked closely with the Liverpool quartet on their individual projects. At that time, Asher also discovered and signed James Taylor and produced his records. During this period, Asher became a key figure in the “revolution” of the 1960s, an era of profound social and artistic change. He cofounded the London bookshop and art gallery called Indica, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono met and where American poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William Burroughs often visited.
In 1971, Asher moved to the United States and set up Peter Asher Management, representing James Taylor and, beginning in 1973, Linda Ronstadt as well. Peter Asher Management became one of the most successful artist management companies in the United States, handling artists such as Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Carole King.
Aside from Taylor and Ronstadt, Asher has worked as music producer with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Cher, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Hans Zimmer, Robin Williams, Morrissey, 10,000 Maniacs, among many others. Asher has been awarded thirty-seven RIAA-certified gold albums and twenty-two platinum albums in the United States, and many more internationally. He has produced thirteen Grammy Award–winning recordings and was honored in 1977 and 1989 with the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year.” In 2003, he won another Grammy in the category of “Comedy Album of the Year” for his production work with Robin Williams.
After a thirty-seven-year gap, Peter and Gordon reunited in New York for a successful benefit concert for a friend in 2005. They went on to perform together on various special occasions just for fun until Gordon’s untimely death in 2009.
Since then, Asher has continued to be in high demand as a record producer, consultant, lecturer, and performer in his successful one-man show, “A Musical Memoir of the Sixties and Beyond.” He is a member of Mensa (the high-IQ society) and the Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), as well as the current president of the Recording Academy–Los Angeles Chapter.
With Hans Zimmer, Asher produced film scores for Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Sherlock Holmes 2, Madagascar 3, Man of Steel, Rush, and Rock the Kasbah. In fact, Asher sang and produced the only original song in Madagascar 3, the love theme “Love Always Comes as a Surprise,” which he cowrote with Dave Stewart. Asher also collaborated with Zimmer and Pharrell Williams on the production of all the musical elements of the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony.
At the request of Elton John, Asher invited contemporary artists to sing the songs from John’s Yellow Brick Road on the occasion of the album’s fortieth anniversary. Asher produced the recordings and guest artists included Ed Sheeran, Miguel, the Band Perry, John Grant, Fall Out Boy, and Hunter Hayes. The album was released in 2014 as part of a deluxe edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Revisited and Beyond. Asher is currently working on a follow-up release celebrating the songwriting partnership of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
In 2015, Peter Asher was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for services to the British music industry. The official investiture took place at Buckingham Palace on February 24, conducted by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Asher’s other recent projects include the production of So Familiar, the second album released by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell as follow-up to the highly successful (and Grammy-winning) Love Has Come for You, which also generated a PBS special and a stage musical, Bright Star, for which Asher was the music supervisor. Bright Star, directed by Walter Bobbie, garnered five Tony Award nominations in its 2016 run on Broadway. Continuing his work with Martin, Asher produced the Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers recordings, The Long-Awaited Album, released in September 2017.
In addition, Asher is the director of the highly acclaimed Hans Zimmer live concerts “Hans Zimmer Revealed” and “Hans Zimmer Live on Tour.” Scheduled dates ran from April until June 2016 in the United Kingdom and Europe, and in the United States and Australia in 2017. And finally, always open to new challenges, Asher became a radio host for the first time in 2017. Peter Asher: From Me to You made its debut in May 2017, and a new episode is heard four times each week on the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.
As Mr. Asher regaled a delighted audience with stories . . . he conjured history in the making, before it was set in stone.
—New York Times
The exuberant Mr. Asher knew anyone who rocked and everyone who mattered.
—Wall Street Journal
An all-around charming and delightful fellow—he reminisces about his whole career and it is highly entertaining.