BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's been 50 years since the release of Abbey Road, when the Beatles, for all intents and purposes, broke up—yet, the popularity of the group is still huge.
British musician, manager, and record producer Peter Asher spoke with WBZ NewsRadio's Ben Parker about the Beatles' lasting legacy, his personal relationship with the band, and more.
"The music is so extraordinarily good," Asher said. "The Beatles were a combination of musicians that just proved to be the perfect storm of talent. If you look at each of them individually, they would have been stars on their own—and in the cases of George and Paul and John, they would have been notable, successful songwriters on their own—but the fact that they all ended up in the same band, that they found [producer] George Martin, it all combined to create a body of work which is extraordinary."
Asher met the band through his sister, an actress who went to see The Beatles in London to review a show at the height of Beatlemania.
"She liked them, they liked her, one of them liked her in particular and asked her out," Asher said. "That's how she ended up going out with Paul McCartney for a number of years. That led to him being around our household a lot, to the point where our parents offered him the guest room at the top of the house. He ended up moving in for a couple of years, and he and I shared the top floor of the house."
He shares memories like these in his new book, "The Beatles From A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour."
Asher was already singing with his friend Gordon Weller, and McCartney gave them the song "World Without Love," which became a hit for the duo.
The Beatles broke up in 1970, and with the death of John Lennon, hopes of a reunion were dashed. But, if Lennon and George Harrison were alive today, does Asher think they'd get the band back togeth
"I do say, those 'what if' questions are a bit of a rabbit hole, one never knows, but obviously, are we all sad that there's no chance of all four of them being around because John and George are tragically no longer with us? Yes, we're very sad about that," Asher said. "If all four of them were alive, would they have dinner one night and go, 'What the hell?' I would like to think so, and they would be in the studio and they would do something miraculous, I would have no doubt."
Hear the entire interview with Asher below.
WBZ NewsRadio's Ben Parker (@radiobenparker) reports