Peter Asher: Cavalcade 2019
"Cavalcade" host Paul Cavalconte and Peter Asher (photo by Jeremy Rainer, WFUV)
Singer, producer, author, and music legend Peter Asher visited my show "Cavalcade" for an FUV Live session. Member of the duo Peter and Gordon and later the A&R chief of Apple Records, Asher had extraordinary access to the Beatles throughout the 1960s, and his recollections fill a new volume, the just-published The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour.
But Asher's range reaches way past Britain. He discovered James Taylor and nurtured his move from Apple and a baroque pop framing to the seminal singer-songwriter albums for Warner Brothers that set the folky mold. As an architect of the Southern Californian sound of the mid-Seventies, Asher did the same trick for Linda Ronstadt. Our conversation will touch on these topics and more, as Peter's lightning-fast mind fires up memory after memory.
[Interview recorded: 12/11/19; Engineer: Jeremy Rainer]