Unheard Beatles Era Paul McCartney Demo Gets First Public Airing
Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon fame is playing the previously unheard Paul McCartney demo of "World Without Love" during his current shows. The song, which was written by McCartney and John Lennon, became a Number One hit in June 1964 and was given to the Peter & Gordon by McCartney, who was dating Peter's sister, Jane Asher, and living in the Asher family home. Asher, who went on to serve as Apple Records head of A&R before becoming a massively successful record producer in the '70s, is touring behind his multimedia show, Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir Of The '60s And Beyond.
Asher spoke about the demo to Rolling Stone, recalling how in early-1964, McCartney shared the top floor with Asher in his family's home: "He had two tape machines and I had one -- we were both into taping. Paul told me about the song and played it for me. John didn't like it or something."
He explained that he convinced McCartney to donate the-then unfinished song to the duo once they snagged a record contract: "Paul said, 'Absolutely,' but I had to nag him to write the bridge. It came several weeks later, just in time for the session."
Asher went on to recall that the demo tape of "A World Without Love" also featured an early quicker paced version of the Beatles For Sale classic, "I'll Follow the Sun."
With so many Beatles and solo classics under his belt, Paul McCartney admits that at times songwriting can be considered nothing short of divine intervention: "If you're lucky, songs are easy to come up with. The magic just happens quite quickly. Some of them, you've got to slog at; it's like anything. But the ones I feel luckiest with are songs like that. Something like 'Yesterday' really came without me knowing it. Y'know, I just woke up one morning, I kind of dreamed that melody. So, I mean, I was just lucky, I don't know really how that one happened. I haven't got an explanation for that -- except maybe this idea of a composer being some sort of vehicle that this (exaggerated voice) force flows through."
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