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Best known as one half of '60s hitmakers Peter and Gordon}, Peter Asher} later enjoyed great success as a producer. Born in London on June 22, 1944, he was the older brother of Jane Asher}, the longtime girlfriend of the Beatles'} Paul McCartney}. While attending the Westminster School for Boys, he first met fellow student Gordon Waller}, and together they began playing together as a duo. Asher's} connection to the Fab Four was a crucial one, as he and Waller} were often given unrecorded Lennon}-McCartney} songs to perform, most notably their first and biggest hit, 1964's decidedly Beatle}sque "World Without Love."} After Peter and Gordon} disbanded in 1968, Asher} was named the director of A&R at the Beatles'} Apple Records label, where he signed a then-unknown James Taylor} and agreed to produce the singer/songwriter's debut solo LP. The album was not a success, but Asher} maintained that Taylor} held great potential, and he resigned his post at Apple to move to the U.S. to serve as Taylor's} manager, a partnership which endured over several decades. He also emerged among the principal architects of the mellow California rock sound prominent during the 1970s, producing records for Linda Ronstadt}, J.D. Souther}, Andrew Gold} and Bonnie Raitt}. In the decade to follow, Asher} also helmed hit albums for artists ranging from Cher} to 10,000 Maniacs}. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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