What four songs recorded by Peter & Gordon were written by Paul McCartney and what was the songwriting credit for each of these songs?
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“World Without Love,” Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,” and “Woman” were written by Paul McCartney and given to Peter & Gordon (Peter Asher and Gordon Waller). The first three are credited to “Lennon-McCartney,” while “Woman” was initially credited to “Bernard Webb” and later “A. Smith.” The duo was the recipient of these songs due to Paul dating Peter’s sister, Jane Asher. “World Without Love” topped the U.S. charts, while “Nobody I Know” peaked at 12 and “I Don’t Want To See You Again” peaked at 16, all in 1964. In an attempt to prove that one of his songs could be a hit even if the public didn’t know it was written by a Beatle, Paul used the name Bernard Webb for the songwriter’s credit for “Woman.” The ruse was quickly blown apart when people realized that it had the same publisher, Maclen Music, as the Lennon-McCartney songs issued by the Beatles starting in mid-1964. (Both “I Don’t Want To See You Again” and “Woman” are credited to Maclen Music, Inc.) “Woman” was released in early 1966 and peaked at 14 on the U.S. charts.
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