BadfingerFormed in Wales and originally called the Iveys, Badfinger became the poster children for bad business deals that eventually led to the suicides of two members. The group endured comparisons to the Beatles as they were signed to Apple Records, their first hit, Come and Get It, was penned by Paul McCartney, Their third album was produced by George Harrison, and the band members themselves appeared on Harrison's All Things Must Pass and Concert For Bangladesh. Their name was taken from the working title for With A Little Help From My Friends, "Bad Finger Boogie." The band members were Pete Ham/guitar/piano/vocals, Tom Evans/bass/vocals, Joey Molland/guitar/vocals and Mike Gibbins/drums.
After Come And Get It, Badfinger scored with No Matter What, Day After Day, and Baby Blue, all penned by Pete Ham, and an international smash, Without You, written by Ham/Evans and covered by Harry Nilsson. Soon after this, Apple started to slide down the tubes. The band went with an American manager, Stan Polley, who signed them to Warner Brothers. The band had to put out six albums in three years and put all monies earned into an escrow account from which salaries were drawn. Trouble at Apple, internal strife within the band, business/legal pressures, displeasure with the contract, etc, all led to Warners pulling the first two albums off the market until all legal issues were sorted out, and not promoting the band. Badfinger fell apart.
Pete Ham killed himself in 1975, Tom Evans in 1983.
Moontan 56-60, M 1 Response 0 Jul 10, 2010