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“I Don’t Care What They Say I Won’t Stay…”

"I Don't Care What They Say I Won't Stay..."

Chances are if you can finish this song lyric you’re part of the generation of 1960s music lovers that would care to know that another music icon of the era passed away recently. Of course the next line of the song is “in ‘A World Without Love’,” the Paul McCartney penned 1964 debut single from the Everly Brothers-influenced British pop duo, Peter and Gordon. “Peter” was Peter Asher, brother of actress Jane Asher (who McCartney was dating at the time), who went on to be an award-winning producer of such artists as James Taylor (he signed him to Apple Records), Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and 10,000 Maniacs. His musical partner, whose claim to fame was the string of hits the duo created in the mid-60s, was the lesser known Gordon Waller, who died of a heart attack this week in Connecticut at the age of 64. While the gorgeous and Beatle-esque “A World Without Love” hit No. 1 on music charts worldwide, their trademark acoustic sound and fine harmonies also graced some other terrific covers, including Del Shannon’s “I Go To Pieces” and Buddy Holly’s “True Love Ways,” as well as two other McCartney compositions–“Nobody I Know” and “I Don’t Want to See You Again.” So go home and break out that British Invasion LP or CD if you have one, and check out some Peter and Gordon for old times sake–it holds up remarkably well. RIP Gordon Waller.

–Matthew

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