Behind The Board: Producer Peter Asher On James Taylor, Cher, Linda Ronstadt & More
Over the course of his five-decade-plus career, GRAMMY-winning producer Peter Asher has touched some of the finest recording in music's cannon. His body of work has earned him 13 GRAMMY nominations in all, and he won the coveted Producer Of The Year GRAMMY Award for 1977.
His musical and sonic imagination can be heard on recordings by great artists such as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Randy Newman and more, and in his work as an artist himself with Peter and Gordon, all of which has informed his core philosophy for making great records; it's all about the song.
"You can't make a great record without a great song." says Asher. "My admiration for great singers is possilby even exceeded by my admiration for great songwriters. And when someone is both, when it's a James Taylor or an Ed Sheeran... that's the best of all possible worlds."
Asher earned his first two GRAMMY nominations back in 1970 for his work with Taylor, including noms for Album Of The Year for Sweet Baby James and Record Of The Year for "Fire And Rain."
"[Becoming] a producer was an ambition of mine. The minute I started making records as an artist and watched what a producer does, I kinda went, 'I want to do that. I can do that,'" he says.
In this episode of "Behind The Board," Asher also talks about what tools he uses in the studio, how those tools have changed, what it's like making albums with Cher, Ronstadt and Taylor, his experience being in the recording session for the Beatles' "Hey Jude," and much more.