Originals: “Lady Godiva” by Peter & Gordon

Today’s Original is a 1966 hit from the duo Peter & Gordon (Peter Asher and Gordon Waller), a British pop duo who were part of the British Invasion of the 60s, whose tune “A World Without Love” would top the charts internationally. Our featured Original, “Lady Godiva,” would peak at #6 US and sell over a million copies.  Worldwide it became a #1 hit in Australia and Canada, and hit the Top 20 in other countries.  In this case, the Tijuana Brass rendition (from the Sounds Like album) did not stray too far from the music hall style of the Peter & Gordon hit version.

In this new series, called Originals, we will take a quick look at the original or “hit” versions of songs which Herb Alpert would rearrange and include on his Tijuana Brass or solo albums.  The fascinating part of looking at Alpert’s entire body of work is the widely diverse musical styles he would use as sources for his own recordings.  From current pop hits to world music and even classical, you are bound to find a sample of these on his records.