Badfinger

1969-1981
Peter HamGuitar
Tom EvansBass
Joey MollandGuitar
Mike GibbinsDrums
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  • They were one of the first bands to sign with The Beatles' label, Apple Records.
  • The group was known as The Iveys, but The Beatles renamed them "Badfinger" after their road manager, Neil Aspinall, came up with the name. He got the idea from John Lennon, who used to talk about his "Bad Finger Boogie."
  • After Apple Records folded, they signed with Warner Brothers. The group was doing very well when Warner Brothers discovered money missing from their accounts. They pulled their albums and sued the band, effectively ending their career.
  • Despondent over their business problems, Ham hanged himself in 1975. In 1983, Evans also hanged himself.
  • All 4 members wrote some songs, but Ham wrote most of their hits, including "Day After Day," "No Matter What," and "Baby Blue." Ham also wrote the Harry Nillson hit "Without You." >>
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  • The group played on George Harrison's first solo album All Things Must Pass.
  • The Warner Brothers lawsuit was finally settled in 1985, with the 2 remaining members and the families of the 2 deceased receiving a settlement for royalties.
  • Evans and Molland got together and released the last 2 Badfinger albums in 1979 and 1981.
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Comments: 8

  • Ted from Coventry UkBob Jackson was a member of Badfinger from 1974 and the last Badfinger album was Head First ... which was released in 2000.
  • Kayla from Lufkin, TxI think everyone commenting here can agree on one thing: if there's a hell, Stan Polley belongs in it.
  • Renee from Bloomington, MnI read the biography written by Dan Matovina and I thought it was touchingly funny that Tom Evans almost decided to ditch the whole music thing once and for all to become a postman.
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaYes, it was, but it was an experimental soundtrack album. 'All Things Must Pass' is generally regarded as his first "proper" solo album.
  • Lester from New York City, NyWasn't 'Wonderwall Music' Harrison's first solo album?
  • Jay from Columbia, MoBadfinger may be the most underrated band ever, and did not revieve the respect they deserved. They have one of the most tragic stories in rock music. I was also under the impression that Badfinger got their name from the working title of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends. After their string of minor hits in the early 70's, I read that members of the were so in debt that they were laying carpet, and plumbing. Truly sad. The band also lost 2 members of the band when Pete Ham hung himself in 1975 and Tom Evans did the same in 1983. Great music they had. Some of their best work: Baby Blue, Carry On Til Tommorow, and Without You. If you like The Beatles, give Badfinger a chance, they are a great band.
  • Forrest from Los Angeles, CaPull my BadFinger...these guys rock
  • Jeff from San Jose, CaWhen deciding on a name for the group, Paul McCartney wanted to call them Home. John Lennon wanted to call them Prix. I have heard that Bad Finger Boogie was the working title for what eventually became "With A Little Help From My Friends".
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