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Baby Blue

by

Badfinger



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The "Dixie" addressed in the song's lyrics was a real person, a former girlfriend of singer/songwriter Pete Ham.
Todd Rundgren produced this track. A year later, Rundgren released his breakthrough album Something/Anything?, where he wrote, produced and performed all the songs, including the hits "I Saw The Light" and "Hello It's Me." (thanks, Mike - Youngstown, OH, for above 2)
The last US Top-40 hit for Badfinger, this song would mark the beginning of a devastating decline for the band. They were signed to The Beatles' Apple Records - Straight Up was their third album on the label and featured contributions from George Harrison. With "Baby Blue" and "Day After Day" getting a steady stream of airplay and Beatles comparisons, they toured twice in 1972 to packed houses.

All was not well behind the scenes, however, as Apple Records was on shaky ground. Badfinger recorded their fourth album, but their negotiations with Apple got snarled and a lawsuit prevented its release. These legal entanglements kept Badfinger from touring or recording while they were at the peak of their powers, and also drained them financially. In 1973, they signed to Warner Brothers and recorded their fifth album. Nearly two years after Straight Up hit the racks, Apple finally issued Badfinger's fourth album, titled Ass, in the US in November of that year. Their self-titled Warners album came out in February, 1974.

By this time, the band's sound had fallen out of favor, and both albums underperformed. With their legal and financial problems becoming even more burdensome, Pete Ham hanged himself in 1975. His suicide note made it clear that the business dealings were his undoing; he expressed hopes that his death would serve as a cautionary tale for aspiring musicians. He was 27.
The song was played during the last minutes of the final episode of the TV drama, Breaking Bad. The show's creator, Vince Gilligan, said it represented the protagonist, Walter White's love of his own creation, the blue meth.
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Comments (42):

Hi everyone I'm kind of late posting, but just wanted to say that Baby Blue was and still is my favorite song of all time. I remember that I was in the 9th grade and had a crush on this girl that still to this day I remember her name lol. She never knew me personally. Anyhow, this was my first 45 record purchase ever when I was in the 9th grade and must have played it over and over till I wore the record out, wish I still had it for my keepsake. I thank who ever made the decision to play it at the end of one of my favorite shows of all time.
- Terry, Nashville, TN
One week after the series finale of Breaking Bad, I looked up Badfinger on Amazon.com and see that their album "The Very Best of Badfinger" is the #1 best selling album in the pop oldies category and #3 in the soft rock category.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
I agree with you Michele. I thought I recognized it. Badfinger changed the lyrics but it is the same song.
- Steve, San Jose, CA
Badfinger was part of the backup band at The Concert for Bangladesh at MSG in 1971, which I attended. George appreciated them for their harmonies and melodic guitars. With George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Ringo and Leon Russell it was one of the highlights of my concert experience. We were hoping John and Paul would show but suffice it to say, it was still an amazing show. It was Dylan's first live appearance in a few years after his motorcycle accident and besides duets with George he played some of his old stuff which was great. I was blown away hearing Baby Blue come on at the end of Breaking Bad, as it seems like it was written for the show.
- Robert, Monroe Twp, NJ
Breaking Bad did Badfinger a favor as this song will be just as popular as "Don't Stop Believin" was after the Sopranos. Baby Blue was the perfect ending for a perfect show.
- Matt, Pittsburgh, PA
All you Badfinger fans, rejoice. On the evening of September 29, 2013, "Baby Blue" was used to wrap up the final scene of perhaps the best TV show ever written: Breaking Bad. In doing so, countless people who never heard it before will no doubt become fans of the tune and be introduced to Badfinger; the rest of us who've always loved it can enjoy its resurgence. Indeed, when I woke the next day, not surprisingly, "Baby Blue" was the #1 viewed song on Songfacts.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
I've always loved this song and Badfinger. Every time I listen to "Baby Blue" though, I can't help noticing a curious "thunk" at about the 2:25 mark. It's after the 2nd bar of the guitar solo and sounds like something gets bumped against the control room glass. You'd think that Tood would've caught this, but if he didn't give his usual 100%, as has been noted, I can understand how it might have slipped by.
- Thepipe, Chicago, IL
This is my favorite hit song of all time. So much feeling and excellent guitar work here.
- Michael, McFarland, WI
I realized that if you rearrange the letters of BADFINGER it spells BAND GRIEF
- dale, minneapolis, MN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcAD8zCXqno
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
In 1961 a Brooklyn trio by the name of The Echoes released a completely different version of "Baby Blue", it peaked at #12!!! {The opening lyrics were 'B a b b y, b b l u e, your're my baby blue"}
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Rolling Stone magazine got it all wrong......Badfingers Baby Blue and No Matter What deserve a better rating than some of the so called rock music of the late 80's and 90's.....Nirvana???..LOL...these songs should of been rated at LEAST in the top 50 of all time!!!!!!
- Rick, Belfast, ME
Actually got to see Badfinger perform live in 1983. I was in school for the Navy in Pensacola, Fl at the time and when I saw they were coming to play at the base for free I was astounded. Not many people in the crowd were even aware of who Badfinger was, until I hummed songs like "Come and get it", and "No matter what". Still consider myself very fortunate to see a live performance.
- Bob, Bremerton, WA
This song struck me right in the heart back in 1971. I was on leave from the Navy when the gal I was dating at the time informed me that she had become involved with another. I went out and bought the 45 and played it until it was no longer able to play. I still love the song
- ed, Omaha, NE
This was written about Pete Ham's American girlfriend at the time, who I believe is from the midwest..Great tune!!
- Jim, Long Beach, CA
Badfinger. One of the truly tragic rock groups.
- Lester, New York City, NY
The song they rcorded under the name The Iveys was called "Maybe Tomorrow"
- Mike, Long Island, NY
I first heard the song "Baby Blue" as a child and loved it then..... (along with Come and Get it, Day After Day and No Matter What). I share the opinion that Badfinger is probably the most underated band of all time!! Baby Blue continues to be my favourite song and I was thrilled to see Joey Molland perform these songs in July /07 while on the "Hippifest" tour. He was amazing. There's a petition to have Badfinger inducted to the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. Please seek and sign this petition. It would be totally awesome to have Badfinger inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and for Joey Molland to receive this honour!
- Kim, Toronto, Canada
Aimee Mann did a rocking great cover of this that appeared on two CD singles: "I Should've Known" (US) and "Stupid Thing Part One" (UK). It also appeared on the out of print (at this writing, Dec 2007) "Ultimate Collection". It is a version worth hunting down.
- Richard, Talladega, AL
The two albums that Badfinger recorded after leaving Apple for Warners were called "Badfinger" and "Wish You Were Here." They then went back to Apple to record their last album, "Head First," which has just recently been released on CD.
- Mark, Grafton, United States
I actually worked with THE "Dixie" at a pharmacy in Perrysburg, Ohio....she became a pharmacist and she is one of the sweetest people I have ever known.....when she first told us that she was the dixie in this song, no one believed her, so she brought in a book, and a bunch of pictures, and yep she was the one......
- Jerianne, Toledo, OH
I was in a Chinese restarant about 17 years ago in Minnetonka, Minnestota, waiting for a pickup. There was an older (mid 40's I was about 34 at the time)guy that came in. A few people knew him and said "hi" and talked to him some. He was kinda scruffey looking. Long hair, slight and had a Beatles/Liverpudlian type accent. There was just "something unique" about him. As he left someone said "see ya later Joey".
I asked the person "who was that". They replied "Joey Molland, the guitar player for Badfinger". I thought "Wow! that's pretty cool" After awhile I thought of all the great Beatlesque songs and guitar work. The big connection with my favorite band, The Fab Four. Right here in Minnesota. I thought "wow he knew the Beatles"!
A resurected Badfinger played at a big Classid Car thing in the Blackhills featuring Joey.
Cool.
- Mark, Twin Cities Metro area, MN
I agree wholeheartedly with George of Ottawa. "Straight Up" is one of my favorite albums, not a bad cut on it. One excellent song that you should listen to is "Name of the Game". Its just great.
- Charles, Charlotte, NC
I still get goosebumps when I hear this song. Perfection. I loved it the first time I heard it. Not many songs do that to me.
- Stephen, Boston, MA
Joey Molland's solo and outro are short, sweet and nothing short of brilliant.
- Chuck, c-ville, VA
Baby Blue is one of the sweetest, most sensual love songs ever written...i've loved it since i was in junior high...i'm almost 50 and i still love it...my closest friends call me "baby blue" because i'm from the south (texas) and i'm always playing it...great band...
- janet, redwood valley, CA
I remember when Badfinger were called The Iveys, way back when - I first heard "No Matter What under that name...
- Dave, Portsmouth, NH
I agree that Badfinger were greatly under-rated.

Their "Straight Up" album is sensational. NOT a bad cut on it. The album was produced by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren (each did separate songs and did NOT collaborate on any cuts). The good news is that Straight Up is available on CD. It used to be very difficult to find a copy of it. Highly recommended.

Also, their Greatest Hits CD has several out-takes and previously unreleased versions of some of their best and most inventive songs.

They released another album on Apple Records called "Ass" but it was not as good as Straight Up as George Harrison did not do any producing and Todd Rundgren did only one or two songs. It contains the songs "Apple of My Eye" (referred in one of the badfinger song comments on this web-site), "Constitution" and "Owl". Constitution was perhaps the best cut on that album - but it pales to anything on Straight Up.

The group then went to record for Warner Brothers Records where they released at least one album (maybe more). The one that I can recall (by title only) is "Wish You Were Here" - but I never heard even one cut from it: so, I cannot comment - except to say that it did not sell well. That does not mnean that it did not have some quality songs. I just don't know.
- George, Ottawa, Canada
When I first became a drummer, "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue" were two records I played drums to repeatedly.
- Shayne, Edmonton, KY
Drummer Mike Gibbins has also passed away. Now there is only one Badfinger member left: Joey Molland.
- Shayne, Edmonton, KY
In referance to the George Harrison question; no, GH did not play the solo on this song. He DID, however, play the solo on "Day After Day" from the same album; I honestly can't remember which song was released first. I love this group; they sure were screwed!
- Lawrence, Saranac Lake, NY
This is probably my favorite song of all time.......it was without a doubt the first song I ever heard on the radio, as a 7 year-old girl, that I fell in love with and it gave my goosebumps! To this day it moves me and I'm now 42. It's just a perfect song from all angles.
- irishcougar, Chicago , IL
I have no idea Johnny, but this song is great. The guitar solo sounds George Harrison influenced.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
Did George have anything to do with this song? It sounds like a song he might make.
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
George Harrison admits to not spending enough time and or effort into promoting "Badfinger". Many a band are overrated this one is arguably the most underated band of all time. With songs such as "Without You", "Come and Get It" etc. Badfinger's legacy will grow over time. The tragedy is two of their members are gone.
- Alan, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
badfinger should get more credit, no dice is such a great album, although i feel McCartney had a huge role in it, mind Baby blue isn't on no dice, but this is the only badfinger song on the site, shame...
- kika, nyc, NY
This is one of my favorite Badfinger song from the 1971 album Straight Up.
- Melissa, Fairborn, OH
There are two versions of this song--the one that gets played on the radio in the USA & Australia is the 7" remix (given a provsional release number for the UK, APPLE42, but wasn't released there), which sounds much crisper than the LP version by having reverb applied to the snare on the first verse and middle eight, as well as a broader EQ spectrum to the (slightly earlier) album version which sounds drier and flatter. The remix was done by an ABKCO (Allen Klein) staffer, Al Steckler; do an A/B comparison and hear the difference, amazing. The original mixdown shows a most uncharcteristic sloppiness by well-known perfectionist Todd Rundgren, maybe due to his indifference towards Badfinger (This was done around the time of the epic "Something/Anything?" 2LP). We are all poorer for the loss of both Pete Ham and Tom Evans, both highly talented: Pete for his songwriting prowess and Tom for his soaring vocals. Also, they were the first proponents of power pop, at least equal to if not better than (the more critically-fashionable) Big Star.
- John, Fremantle, Australia
Badfinger was very underated
- Dave, Pomeroy, OH
Baby blue was written by Pete Ham in 1972 for Dixie, a girl he had met whilst on a US tour. It was re-issued in 1993 on a blue vinyl with day after on the B side.
- Mark, swansea, Wales
Sorry Michelle you have the wrong song. The song we are talking about here is "Baby Blue" written by Pete Ham NOT IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE by Dylan. It is written by Pete Ham about a girl named Dizie from Witchita,Kansas.
- Fred, Lincoln, NE
Written by Bob Dylan and first recorded in 1965 on Columbia records, on " Bringing it All Back "Home, It also wsa reocrded by Badfinger, Van Morrison, also with Them ( the film, Basqauit),The Dead,and even as recent as Hole 2000, the movie the Crow), It was said to be written in refrence to Gene vincent whom Dylan was a early influnce by, and whom had written a song "Baby Blue".
- michele, philly, PA
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