Gordon Waller from 60s duo Peter and Gordon died suddenly of Friday from cardiac arrest. He was 64.Peter Asher, Gordon’s partner for all of those 60s hits, had this to say in a statement:
“Gordon played such a significant role in my life that losing him is hard to comprehend - let alone to tolerate.
He was my best friend at school almost half a century ago. He was not only my musical partner but played a key role in my conversion from only a snooty jazz fan to a true rock and roll believer as well. Without Gordon I would never have begun my career in the music business in the first place. Our professional years together in the sixties constitute a major part of my life and I have always treasured them.
We remained good friends (unusual for a duo!) even while we were pursuing entirely separate professional paths and I was so delighted that after a hiatus of almost forty years we ended up singing and performing together again more recently for the sheer exhilarating fun of it. We had a terrific time doing so.
Gordon remains one of my very favourite singers of all time and I am still so proud of the work that we did together. I am just a harmony guy and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo.
I shall miss him in so many different ways. The idea that I shall never get to sing those songs with him again, that I shall never again be able to get annoyed when he interrupts me on stage or to laugh at his unpredictable sense of humour or even to admire his newest model train or his latest gardening effort is an unthinkable change in my life with which I have not even begun to come to terms”.
Peter and Gordon broke up in 1968 and got together for a few more shows in 2005. Their last ever performance together was in August 2008 in Santa Monica, California. It marked the 40th anniversary of their last show in the 60s.