We came to know Peter Asher via his 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose #1 hit debut single A World Without Love was gifted to them by Paul McCartney. Peter & Gordon toured Australia in 1964, and scored subsequent Australian top ten hits with Lennon/McCartney’s Nobody I Know and I Don’t Want to See You Again, Buddy Holly’s True Love Ways, Del Shannon’s I Go To Pieces, Woman (another McCartney song), Lady Godiva (the 6th biggest selling song in Australia in ’66!) and Knight In Rusty Armour. Peter’s subsequent days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records also made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others after moving to California at the end of the ‘60s. He remains the only Artist Manager to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and his studio work has led to 2 Grammy Awards for “Producer of the Year”.
Albert Lee first toured Australia with Joe Cocker in 1974, and most recently in 2018 performing to much acclaim at shows including the Sydney & Adelaide Guitar Festivals, Melbourne Guitar Show and the Gympie Muster. Albert began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25-year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). Even with all this, he found the time for over 10 solo and band albums under his own moniker. His numerous studio sessions have led to 2 Grammy Awards and 4 nominations.
Peter Asher & Albert Lee’s history is one of song, and these duo storyteller shows will reflect that history and feature those songs. The songs that influenced them along with songs they influenced. From the Peter & Gordon catalogue, they will harmonize on A World Without Love, I Go To Pieces, and more. From Albert Lee’s back pages, expect the Jimmy Webb penned title track from his new acoustic album, The Highwayman, Glenn Campbell’s A Better Place, and the Jimmy Jones/Otis Blackwell classic Handy Man. Inspirations to both artists such as the Everly Brothers provide Crying in the Rain and Bye Bye Love, while from Buddy Holly comes Well, All Right. As Peter & Albert tell us stories of the travels that brought them to so many of the intersections along the road of music history, the two legends bring these timeless songs to life.
“Peter Asher’s voice literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News). “Albert Lee is the ultimate virtuoso” (Eric Clapton).