Peter Asher, CBE was born in London on 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.
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, 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, founding the book shop and art gallery Indica (where John Lennon and Yoko Ono met and where Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs visited) and found himself at the center of an era of profound social and artistic change.
As a producer, Asher has worked with such diverse artists as James Taylor; 10,000 Maniacs; Diana Ross; Neil Diamond; Ringo Starr; Linda Ronstadt; Cher; Morrissey; Robin Williams; Jane Monheit; Kenny Loggins; The Dixie Chicks; 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. Asher has produced thirteen 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.
Always open to new challenges, Asher became a radio host for the first time in 2017. Peter Asher: From Me To You made its debut in May 2017, and a new episode is heard four times each week on the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.
Asher states he never intended to write his new book The Beatles From A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour, but it was his weekly SiriusXM Beatles Channel radio show that inspired him.