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Peter Asher

Producer/Artist/Songwriter/Broadcaster
Peter Asher, CBE was born in London June 22, 1944, the son of a doctor
and a professional musician.  He was educated at Westminster School in London
and at Kings College, London University, where he studied philosophy.
 
Peter’s entry into the world of the performing arts was as a child actor.  At
the age of eight he starred in his first film, “The Planter’s Wife” as the son of
Claudette Colbert and Jack Hawkins.  He went on to act extensively in various
film, TV, radio and stage productions.
 
His legendary music career began in 1964 as one-half of the singing duo
Peter & Gordon, who amassed nine Top 20 records during their career. Their debut
single, “A World without Love” – a song given to them by Paul McCartney – went
to number one in over 30 countries, including the U.S. and U.K. In 1968, Mr.
Asher became head of A&R for the Beatles’ newly formed record company, Apple
Records, where he found, signed and produced James Taylor and worked closely
with the Beatles on their individual projects.  During this period he became a key
figure in the “revolution” of The Sixties, co-founding the book shop and art gallery
“Indica” (where John and Yoko met and where Allen Ginsberg and William
Boroughs visited) and found himself at the centre of an era of profound social and
artistic change.
 
          In 1971, Asher moved to the U.S. and founded Peter Asher Management,
representing James Taylor and, beginning in 1973, the management and production
of Linda Ronstadt as well.  Peter Asher Management became one of the most
successful Artist Management companies in the US, handling artists such as Joni
Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Carole King as well as James and Linda.
Asher quit the personal management business in 1995 when he was appointed
Senior Vice President of Sony Music, a post he held for eight years.
 
          As a producer, Mr. Asher has worked with such diverse artists as James
Taylor, 10,000 Maniacs, Diana Ross, Ed Sheeran, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr,
Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Morrissey, Robin Williams, Jane Monheit, Kenny Loggins,
The Dixie Chicks, Fall Out Boy, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hans Zimmer and Billy Joel,
among many others.  He has been awarded 37 RIAA-certified gold albums and 22
platinum albums in the U.S., and many more internationally.  Mr. Asher has
produced fourteen Grammy Award-winning recordings, and in 1977 and 1989 was
honored individually with the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year”.  He
won a further Grammy in the category of “Comedy Album of the Year” for his
production work with Robin Williams.

After a 37 year gap, Peter & Gordon reunited in New York for one benefit
concert for a friend on August 2, 2005 which was very successful and they went on
to perform together on various special occasions just for the fun of it until
Gordon’s untimely death in July of 2009.
 
  Since then Peter has continued to be in high demand as a record producer,
consultant, lecturer and as a performer again in his highly successful one-man
show, “A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond”.   He has also received various
international awards, is a member of Mensa and of SAG-AFTRA, President of the
Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy and has been a frequent keynote
speaker at industry events.
 
  Other projects have included “Carole King & James Taylor Live at the
Troubadour”, an album from guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (“Area 52”, recorded
in Cuba) and the Buddy Holly tribute “Listen to Me” (an album and PBS TV
Special).
 
  With Hans Zimmer, Peter produced music for “Pirates of the Caribbean 4”,
“Sherlock Holmes 2”, “Madagascar 3”, “Man of Steel” and “Rush”. In fact, Peter
sang and produced the only original song in “Madagascar 3”, the love theme “Love
Always Comes as a Surprise” which Peter co-wrote with his friend Dave Stewart.
 
  Recent productions include “So Familiar”, the follow-up album to the highly
successful (and Grammy-winning) “Love Has Come for You” (Steve Martin &
Edie Brickell). These albums have also generated a PBS special and a stage
musical, “Bright Star”, of which Peter is the music supervisor.  “Bright Star”,
directed by Walter Bobbie, opened at the Cort Theater on Broadway in March of
2016 and is currently on tour The Broadway Cast Album (produced by Peter) was
released in May 2016 and was nominated for a Grammy.
 
Peter also directed the highly acclaimed Hans Zimmer Live show which first
opened in London in 2014. It recently completed an extensive world tour which
began at the legendary Coachella Festival in California.
He produced the most recent bluegrass album from Steve Martin and the
Steep Canyon Rangers (“The Long Awaited Album”, released in September 2017)
and has been working with Elton John on an all-star covers album to celebrate the
50 th anniversary of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin songwriting partnership. He was

the Executive Producer of the album, produced a track with Ed Sheeran and co-
produced (with Warren “Oak” Felder) a track with Alessia Cara.
 
His newest adventure is hosting a highly-successful and much praised
weekly radio show, “From Me to You”, on the new Beatles channel on SiriusXM
radio.
In the New Year’s Honours list for 2015, Peter Asher was awarded a CBE
(“Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”) by Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth, for services to the music industry.  The official investiture took
place at Buckingham Palace on February the 24th, conducted by Prince William,
Duke of Cambridge.