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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2009 10:58 am     Reply with quote

Another part of my youth, passed on...

http://www.spinner.com/2009/07/20/gordon-waller-of-british-duo-peter-and-gordon-dies-at-64/?icid=main
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Chris Boyd


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2009 1:45 pm     Reply with quote

Me too.....and only 64.. RIP Gordon...
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Tommy Young


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2009 9:00 pm     Reply with quote

JIM;; that was a LARGE part of my streak made thru my teenage years also, loved their music such a loss my condolences to all his family and friends..
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Ned McIntosh


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2009 10:30 pm     Reply with quote

Slowly but surely we are losing an entire generation of musicians who defined the musical culture of our youth. Peter and Gordon had a unique sound that seemed to typify British pop of the 60s, at a time when the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Hermans Hermits, The Who, The Kinks, The Animals, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Moody Blues and a dozen more were all making a huge impact on the way we listened to, heard and understood popular music.

Gordon Waller was one of the leaders of the wave of musical creativity that swept all before it and re-defined our musical tastes. Melody, lyrics, structure, sonority and timing; Gordon Waller (together with Peter Asher) set a benchmark for what simple music, well-played, could achieve. It lives in our memories, all these years later. We have but to hear a phrase of one of those songs to be transported back to the 60s.

Thanks, Gordon, for all the happy memories.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2009 11:19 pm     Reply with quote

http://time-has-told-me.blogspot.com/search?q=gordon+waller
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 21 Jul 2009 3:14 am     Reply with quote

Ned McIntosh wrote:
Peter Waller (together with Gordon Asher) ....

Ned, that's Gordon Waller, who passed away, and Peter Asher (who's still with us).
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Ned McIntosh


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Post Posted 21 Jul 2009 12:40 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Jim, I've edited the post to remove my error. Listened to some of their music on CD last night to remind myself of the 60s. Brought back some good memories.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 23 Jul 2009 4:25 pm     Reply with quote

They say that all good things must end someday
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No, no, no, no



We had such happiness together
I can't believe it's gone forever...

But that was yesterday
And yesterday's gone


RIP, Gordon Waller
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 24 Jul 2009 10:00 pm     Reply with quote

(Chad and Jeremy reference--still alive and touring.)
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 24 Jul 2009 10:10 pm     Reply with quote

Yes, correct. I should have mentioned that.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 26 Jul 2009 6:07 am     Reply with quote

Wow, this morning I just remembered that my very first musical audition of any kind was singing the Peter & Gordon hit, 'World Without Love' at the ripe old age of about 10 or 11. There was some kind of a talent show audition in Hempstead, NY and my mom took me there, toting my new acoustic guitar, which I could barely play (truth is, I knew how to make an E major chord and that's all). They called my name and asked me to come to the stage to perform.

In front of all these people?, I timidly asked, holding my guitar with my left hand frozen into the shape of my beloved E major chord.

Apparently realizing the magnitude of talent that stood before them, they gently took me aside to one of the wings for a 'private audition', whereupon I immediately confessed that I really didn't know how to play this object that I was carrying around with me. They told me that that was fine and I should just relax my hand and sing for them, which I proceeded to do in my best fake English accent (you remember: 'Please LUCK me away...')

They thanked me very much for my audition and, as I recall, said something to the effect that "We'll call you if we need you."

... and it's been all downhill from there...

Wink
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Danny Bates


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Fresno, CA. USA
Post Posted 26 Jul 2009 6:50 am     Reply with quote

Jim Cohen said:
Quote:
"We'll call you if we need you."


Jim, if they don't call you in the next 10 years, they probably don't need you. Laughing

Just kiddin'... Great story!
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