Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beatle People: Gordon Waller

Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller (born on June 4, 1945 in Braemar, Scotland) is a singer/songwriter/Guitarist, best known as "Gordon" of 1960s duo Peter & Gordon, whose biggest hit was "World Without Love."

While attending Westminster School, he first met fellow student Peter Asher, and they began playing together as a duo — Peter & Gordon.

Asher is the older brother of actress and businesswoman Jane Asher, who in the mid-1960s was girlfriend of The Beatles' Paul McCartney. Through this connection he and Waller were often given unrecorded Lennon-McCartney songs to perform, most notably their first and biggest hit, 1964's decidedly Beatlesque "World Without Love."

Peter & Gordon disbanded in 1968. Afterwards, Waller attempted a solo career with little success, releasing one record, and Gordon. On this album Gordon used New York based group White Cloud featuring Teddy Wender on keyboards. He also appeared in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharaoh, a performance that he reprised on the LP. In 2007 Gordon released a solo album Plays the Beatles, featuring a new recording of "Woman," which was written by he Lennon & McCartney in the mid-1960s and made a hit by Peter & Gordon. In 2008 he followed up with his release of Rebel Rider. On July 19, 2008 Peter & Gordon performed together at The Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, on the bill that night was Chad & Jeremy with whom both duo's sang the final concert song ("Bye Bye Love") together for only the second time in history. On August 21, 2008, they performed a free concert on the pier in Santa Monica, California, briefly accompanied by Joan Baez.


* In Touch With... (by Peter & Gordon) (1964)
* Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (1964)
* World Without Love Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (1964)
* Hurtin' 'n' Lovin' (by Peter & Gordon) (1965)
* I Don't Want to See You Again (by Peter & Gordon) (1965)
* I Go to Pieces (by Peter & Gordon) (1965)
* True Love Ways (by Peter & Gordon) (1965)
* Best of Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (1966)
* Peter and Gordon Sing & Play the Hits of Nashville (1966)
* Somewhere (by Peter & Gordon) (1966)
* Woman (by Peter & Gordon) (1966)
* In London for Tea (by Peter & Gordon) (1967)
* Knight in Rusty Armour (by Peter & Gordon) (1967)
* Lady Godiva (by Peter & Gordon) (1967)
* Hot Cold & Custard (by Peter & Gordon) (1968)
* and Gordon (solo) (1972)
* Best of Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (1983)
* Hits of Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (1983)
* Best of Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (1991)
* Ultimate Peter and Gordon (by Peter & Gordon) (2001)
* Definitive Collection: Knights in Rusty Armour (by Peter & Gordon) (2003)
* Plays the Beatles (by Gordon Waller) (2007)
* Rebel Rider (by Gordon Waller) (2008)


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