During the '60s British Invasion, Peter Asher was half of Peter & Gordon, a pop-folk duo with a string of hits led by the chart-topping "World Without Love," written by none other than Paul McCartney. They also scored with covers of Buddy Holly and Del Shannon, along with the Lennon-McCartney tunes "Nobody I Know" and "I Don't Want to See You Again," plus the novelty hit "Lady Godiva." But Asher had a greater role as a witness to and/or participant in many key moments in pop history. McCartney was dating Asher's sister Jane when he and Lennon wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the basement of Asher's parents' house and gave him the first listen. John Lennon and Yoko Ono met at an art exhibit in a London gallery Asher co-owned. Asher became head of A&R for the Beatles' Apple Records, where he discovered James Taylor. After moving to the U.S., Asher became a highly successful and influential producer, manager, and label exec, working with Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, 10,000 Maniacs, and many others. There's even a rumor that Asher's bespectacled '60s appearance was the inspiration for Mike Myers's Austin Powers character. Asher and Gordon Waller started playing together again in the mid-2000s, but Waller died in 2009. Asher's current show is a multi-media affair dubbed A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond, which mixes stories (guaranteed to be fascinating to anyone who loves the era) and performances of P&G classics.
Mondays, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 16. Continues through Jan. 17, 2012