Peter Asher says this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony April 10, at which he'll induct two rock n' roll managers, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, will be very special for him, he told Beatles Examiner April 9.
“I always look forward to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event,” he said. “I remember going to the very first one with my friends Bob Krasnow and Ahmet Ertegun so many years ago. And this year will be very special to me. I am both a huge fan and a friend of Peter Gabriel. I co-managed Cat Stevens for a couple of years early in his career and he is a brilliant composer and musician.”
Asher also has close ties with 11-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt, for whom he was her record producer for most of the '70s, all of the '80s and part of the '90s.
“Linda Ronstadt is one of my dearest friends, one of the smartest women I know and my all-time favorite chick singer! I so much enjoyed working with her all those years in and out of the studio and am very proud of the records we made together.
“Linda is not able to attend – and she has a very grown-up attitude to awards of all kinds anyway (awards and fame were never anything she had in mind as a singer – just the music!). But my attitude is less evolved. As long as anyone was making a list of very important singers, I was offended if Linda was not on it! And now she is; and the list has become that much more accurate and comprehensive.”
Asher, who has managed acts himself, says Epstein and Loog Oldham were two of the best. “I am deeply honored to have been given the task of inducting two of the most important and skilled managers in the history of Rock 'n' Roll, each of whom managed a band of inestimable significance; Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham.
“My only difficulty has been keeping my speech short enough," he said. "There is so much to say about Brian’s honesty, devotion, commitment and genius and about Andrew’s management skills, artful manipulation of the media, instinctive understanding of the youth of 60s Britain -- and his success as a producer as well.
“I shall pay tribute to the achievements of these two brilliant men (both friends of mine) as best I can tomorrow night. Brian will be sorely missed as always and Andrew has chosen not to attend but am thrilled to have the privilege of inducting them both into this illustrious organization.”
Asher will also be Scott Shannon's guest on New York's WCBS-AM Thursday during the 8 o clock hour.