Peter Asher’s show “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the ’60s and Beyond” is all about his career as a musician and singer in Peter and Gordon and as a Grammy Award-winning record producer. Sunday night at The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, where he opened a three-night stand, a central figure in Asher’s story came to see it.
It was Linda Ronstadt for whom Asher produced a string of hit albums, including “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Prisoner in Disguise,” that were phenonmenal successes. Their working relationship began in 1973 and continued through the late ’80s.
Asher described his philosophy toward producing. “In general when you fall in love with an artist and their music, the plan is a fairly simple one…get people to go and see them, and make a record that you think properly presents their music to the public and some of which you can get on the radio.”
“What Peter does,” Ronstadt told Rolling Stone’s Ben Fong-Torres in 1977, “is to act as both editor and contributor. I might come up with five ideas and four of them will be turkeys, and Peter will known instinctively which is gonna be the most appropriate one and how to latch on to some of these developing ideas in their embryonic stage and allow them to bloom.”
Asher’s show features sections focusing on his work with Ronstadt and also James Taylor, both of whom had huge record successes while working with him. The relationship was also good for Asher, who won Producer of the Year Grammy Awards in 1977 and 1989.
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