Gordon Waller, who rose to fame in the 1960s as Peter Asher’s partner in the singing duo Peter & Gordon, died suddenly on Friday at age 64 from a massive heart attack. Waller lived in Connecticut. He and Asher had started performing together again, tentatively, just a few years ago, three decades after retiring. Peter & Gordon remain the only group for whom Paul McCartney wrote a hit, “A World Without Love,” while the Beatles were together. Peter Asher sent this statement to our Beatle expert pal Martin Lewis:

“I shall miss him in so many different ways. The idea that I shall never get to sing those songs with him again, that I shall never again be able to get annoyed when he interrupts me on stage or to laugh at his unpredictable sense of humour or even to admire his newest model train or his latest gardening effort is an unthinkable change in my life with which I have not even begun to come to terms.”

Meanwhile, Riverside Memorial was packed on Friday with music heavyweights saying goodbye to our beloved outsized friend Michael Klenfner. Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer, J Records’ Richard Palmese,’ Bon Jovi manager Jack Rovner, Manhattan Records’ Ian Ralfini and wife Sunny, former Sony Records head Donnie Ienner, were just some of the people who got a kick out of hearing a few anecdotes about this legendary, big hearted guy.’ No one’s going to forget Klef, that’s for sure…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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