Few credit them, but British Invasion duo Peter and Gordon's close harmonies, hooky melodies and strummed acoustics were folk-rock before the term was invented. Peter Asher and the late Gordon Waller were pals with the Fabs; Paul gave them their biggest hit, “A World Without Love,” while living with Peter’s sister Jane Asher. After an A&R stint at Apple, the almost-Beatle-in-law went on to produce Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Morrissey, Stevie Nicks and the Dixie Chicks and manage Taylor, Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and Carole King. He's got a zillion gold and platinum albums as well as Grammy Awards, including 1989's Producer of the Year. Suffice to say he’s got plentiful music-racket war stories of all of the above (and other Swingin’ Londoners, like Mick and Marianne) in search of a vehicle to tell 'em. He's found that vehicle in Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond, which mixes tales, videos and pics from his archive with live renditions of his own hits with a full band. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., second floor, dwntwn.; Tues., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; $15. (800) 745-3000, grammymuseum.org . —M.S.
Tue., Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 2010
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