Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gordon Waller

Gordon Waller passed away yesterday at 64 from a heart attack. He was the Gordan half of the famed 60s duo Peter and Gordon. They had a string of hits in the mid to late sixties, possibly because of their access to unrecorded The Beatles songs through Peter Asher's sister, actress Jane Asher, who was in a relationship at the time with Paul McCartney.

I never saw or shot Peter and Gordon but I did get to know Peter Asher when I was working on my first book, . And I loved their songs when I heard them on the radio when I was a kid. Peter actually got a mention in Everybody I Shot Is Dead in the section on Peter Wood. I kinda went into this story about all the Peters I had met and how hard it was to keep them all straight. Yup, you had to be there...or at least read it first-hand.

Since I don't have a photograph I took to honor the sad passing of Gordon, I defer to a couple of performances I found on youtube. Gordon is the one without the glasses and the lead vocalist. As Peter Asher aptly expressed in a statement after Gordon died, "Gordon remains one of my very favourite singers of all time and I am still so proud of the work that we did together. I am just a harmony guy and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo."

1 comment:

Steve B said...

That's a drag. I really liked those guys back in the day, as the saying goes. Man, Hulabaloo - that brings back some memories...