A previously unreleased and never before heard Beatles recording will receive its first ever public airing during Peter Asher's upcoming “A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond” shows at the Iridium in New York on Jan. 20, a musician connected with Asher told Beatles Examiner Wednesday.
According to the source, the recording "has never been heard anywhere before, not on bootleg, on radio, anywhere." The song is reportedly connected to Peter & Gordon.
The song was described as "thrilling," giving him "insight into Paul McCartney's songwriting process." It could likely be a demo of one of Lennon-McCartney songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney.
Peter & Gordon recorded three compositions in 1964 by Paul McCartney that were credited to Lennon-McCartney. “World Without Love” was the first, and the song that broke the group into the pop charts. “Nobody I Know” and “I Don't Want To See You Again” followed that same year.
As an experiment at McCartney's request, they also recorded and released “Woman,” but it was originally credited to Bernard Webb. According to Peter & Gordon's official website, subsequent pressings had the composer listed as" A. Smith." It was later revealed to be a McCartney song. It is unclear why U.S. pressings changed the name on the label.
After Peter & Gordon broke up, Asher became A&R head of the Beatles' Apple Records. One of his accomplishments was discovering and signing James Taylor.
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