First Hit #1: June 27, 1964
The British invasion continues with Peter and Gordon, an English duo playing what, to these ears, sounded like a weak attempt to replicate the signature Beatles sound. I try to listen to these things without knowing much about them, and to me it seemed to a kind of muddled Beatles, a similar sound but a song that lacked the polish and finesse of the band itself, which tries to be a song about losing a lover, but it only halfhearted about it, since the true love does show up. It’s got the bones of a great song, and Peter and Gordon do a good job of it, but it just doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.
Turns out I was right to call it a weak Beatles, but that the impression was due to it being written by Paul McCartney, and being considered by the band to be not quite good enough for them. That kind of confirms my impression, since it isn’t good enough. I think a couple rewrites and a clear vision could make it really good, but as it is, it’s a talented but inexperienced songwriter who couldn’t quite finish the idea.