Sunday, February 16, 2020

Badfinger (The Tragic Story of)

Badfinger were a Welsh/English rock band formed in Swansea that were active from the 1960s to the 1980s. Their best-known lineup consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland. They are recognised for their influence on the 1970s power pop genre.

The band evolved from an earlier group called the Iveys, formed in 1961, which became the first group signed by the Beatles' Apple label in 1968. The band renamed themselves Badfinger, after the working title for the Beatles' 1967 song "With a Little Help from My Friends" ("Bad Finger Boogie"). From 1968 to 1973, Badfinger recorded five albums for Apple and toured extensively, before they became embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records' dissolution.

Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney, 1970), "No Matter What" (produced by Mal Evans, 1970), "Day After Day" (produced by George Harrison, 1971), and "Baby Blue" (produced by Todd Rundgren, 1972). Their song "Without You" (1970) has been recorded many times, and became a US number-one hit for Harry Nilsson and, decades later, a UK number-one for Mariah Carey.

After Apple Records folded in 1973, Badfinger struggled with a host of legal, managerial and financial issues, leading to Ham's taking his own life in 1975. Over the next three years, the surviving members struggled to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits, which tied up the songwriters' royalty payments for years. Their subsequent albums floundered, as Molland and Evans alternated between cooperation and conflict in their attempts to revive and capitalise on the Badfinger legacy. In 1983, Evans also died by suicide.
Former member Joey Molland continues to tour under the name Joey Molland's Badfinger in the United States. In 2015, former member Bob Jackson formed his own version of Badfinger with current members Andy Nixon, Michael Healey, and Ted Duggan to honour the memory of Pete Ham, Tom Evans, and Mike Gibbins and undertook a 23 date UK theatre tour, playing to over 20,000 people. In 2016 the band continued to play UK shows.


1 –Pete Ham Man Without A Heart
2 –The Iveys Taxi
3 –The Iveys Take Good Care Of My Baby
4 –The Iveys She Came Out Of The Cold
5 –Pete Ham Knocking Down Our Home
6 –The Iveys Clown Of The Party
7 –The Iveys Maybe Tomorrow
8 –The Iveys Midnight Sun
9 –Pete Ham Take It All
10 –Pete Ham Radio & Backstage Interviews With Pete Ham: June 25, 1972
11 –Tom Evans Blind Owl
12 –Pete Ham, Tom Evans Hotel Interview With Pete Ham, Tom Evans: March 29, 1974
13 –Pete Ham Steve Craiter Phone Call: October 27, 1974
14 –Badfinger Hey, Mr. Manager
15 –Pete Ham Ringside
16 –The Dodgers I Believe In Love
17 –Tom Evans Steve Craiter Phone Call, May 1983
18 –Tom Evans Steve Craiter Phone Call: August 19, 1983
19 –Tom Evans, Rod Roach Over You


"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

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1 comment:

  1. Yes such a tragic story, but many thanks for posting this album.


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