Peter Asher and Albert Lee
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
SPACE, Evanston, IL
Best known as one half of '60s hitmakers Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher later enjoyed great success as a producer. Born in London on June 22, 1944, he was the older brother of Jane Asher, longtime girlfriend of the Beatles' Paul McCartney. While attending the Westminster School for Boys, he first met fellow student Gordon Waller, and together they began playing together as a duo. Asher's connection to the Fab Four was a crucial one, as he and Waller were often given unrecorded Lennon-McCartney songs to perform, most notably their first and biggest hit, 1964's decidedly Beatlesque "World Without Love." After Peter & Gordon disbanded in 1968, Asher was named the director of A&R at the Beatles' Apple Records label, where he signed a then-unknown James Taylor and agreed to produce the singer/songwriter's debut solo LP. The album was not a success, but Asher maintained that Taylor held great potential, and he resigned his post at Apple to move to the U.S. to serve as Taylor's manager, a partnership which endured over several decades. He also emerged among the principal architects of the mellow California rock sound prominent during the '70s, producing records for Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Andrew Gold, and Bonnie Raitt. In the decade to follow, Asher also helmed hit albums for artists ranging from Cher to 10,000 Maniacs.
Lee is a country rock guitarist of breathtaking ability. If a poll of polls were taken from leading guitarists in the field, Lee would be the likely winner. During the early 60s he was the guitarist in the R&B-influenced Chris Farlowe And The Thunderbirds. He departed in 1967, as by then offers of session work were pouring in. During that time he formed Country Fever with Jon Derek, playing straight honky-tonk country music, before working with Steve Gibbons and then recording as Poet And The One Man Band with Chas Hodges (later of Chas And Dave). The unit evolved into Heads Hands And Feet, a highly respected band, playing country rock. It was during this stage in his career that Lee became a ‘guitar hero’; he was able to play his Fender Telecaster at breakneck speed and emulate and outshine his American counterparts. Lee played with the Crickets in 1973-74 and spent an increasing amount of time in America, eventually moving out there. After appearing on a reunion album with Chris Farlowe in 1975, he joined Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, replacing one of his heroes, the legendary James Burton. During the late 70s and early 80s Lee performed in touring bands with Eric Clapton, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dave Edmunds. His solo on ‘Sweet Little Lisa’ on Edmund’s Repeat When Necessary is a superb example of the man’s skill. Lee played a major part in the historic reunion of the Everly Brothers at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1983, and he continued to play as a member of their regular touring band. Lee has made several solo albums which are impressive showcases for one of the UK’s most versatile guitarists, although he spends most of his time working in the USA from his Los Angeles home. His regular backing band, Hogan’s Heroes, is led by UK steel guitarist Gerry Hogan.