paul-mccartney-jane-asher… maybe the same musical decade, being part of the British Invasion, or maybe some music compositions, but they definitely have in common a vividly talented red-haired girl: Jane Asher.

Jane Asher is an English actress, author and entrepreneur. In 1963, Asher interviewed the Beatles and began a five-year relationship with Paul McCartney, to whom she became engaged in 1967. She accompanied McCartney to India in February 1968 to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After discovering McCartney in bed with Francie Schwartz, she ended the relationship in 1968.

Interestingly enough, Jane Asher is the two years younger sister of Peter Asher, the famous singer from the Peter and Gordon duo.

Peter Asher is a British gupeter-jane-asheritarist, singer, manager and record producer, who first came to prominence in the ’60s as a member of the pop music vocal band Peter and Gordon.

It seems that the first and biggest hit of Peter and Gordon was the 1964 Paul McCartney song “A World Without Love”. It is one of two songs written by Lennon–McCartney to reach number one in the US by an artist other than the Beatles. The other is “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Elton John. “Bad to Me” written by Lennon in 1963 was given to Billy Kramer and reached number 1 in the UK, however it failed to do so in the US.

About “A World Without Love”, Peter Asher remembers in a recent interview: “It’s a great song. And that was just sitting around. It was an unfinished, orphan song…The reason the Beatles didn’t do it was that John thought the first line was laughable. “Please lock me away…” When we got a record deal a little later, I think we were being seen by EMI as folkies. When we auditioned, we were singing “500 Miles” and an Everly Brothers tune. I think they thought we were the British answer to the Kingston Trio, or to Peter, Paul & Mary without Mary, as it were. But they did say, “Do you know of any other tunes that you’d like to try out on your first session?” That’s when we went back to Paul and said, “Look, if that song is still sitting around, we’d love to record it.” He said, “Fine.””

Moreover, Peter recalls that he heard for the first time in his parents’ house a song that turned out the be one of the first and biggest Beatles’ hits: “Paul was living in our house off and on when he was going with my sister. In the basement there was a small music room that my mother used to give private oboe lessons. Paul used to use the piano – it was a small upright piano – and there was a music stand and a sofa, that was it. Shortly after Paul had moved in, John came over, and Paul stuck his head up the stairs and asked me if I wanted to come hear the song that they’d written, and I went down and sat on the little sofa. And they sat side by side on the piano bench and played “I Want to Hold Your Hand” for the first time to anybody anywhere”.

More of this interesting interview at


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