Paul McCartney's "World Without Love" had trouble finding a home. It was rejected by the Beatles, mostly on account of Lennon's dislike of the lyrics (particularly the opening line, "Please lock me away..."), so Paul offered it to Billy J. Kramer, who had recorded 4 other Beatles giveaways already to that point, but Kramer declined for reasons unknown. So Peter Asher, the brother of Paul's girlfriend at the time Jane Asher, requested the song for his newly-formed duo Peter & Gordon. McCartney happily obliged, and "World Without Love" was released on 28 February 1964, and reached number 1 in the British charts the following June.
The Beatles never made a recording of "World Without Love", but Paul's brief demo, which he gave to Peter Asher some time in late 1963 or early 1964, surfaced unexpectedly in January 2013.
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