Friday, September 16, 2011

Peter and Gordon: Morning's Calling

Peter Asher and Gordon Waller were one of my favorite British Invasion groups. Their close ties to The Beatles gave them the opportunity to record some of their songs like “A World Without Love,” “Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,” and “Woman.” The latter was penned by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym of Bernard Webb.

“Morning’s Calling” is a real folkie ballad that could have been performed by The Byrds in their early days as the verse sounds similar to their early recordings – the chorus is more of a pop treatment than the verse. It was the flip of their last top-ten hit record, “Lady Godiva,” which placed on the Hot 100 at #6 – in fact it was their second highest charting single only to be eclipsed by the Lennon/McCartney authored “A World Without Love” two years earlier.

Peter & Gordon at the Raleigh County Armory - mid 1960s.
WWNR was the last station for which I worked.

 “Morning’s Calling” is completely different from the A-side, but it shows you the depth of the type of music that Peter and Gordon could perform.

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