This song seemed to mark a turning point for Apple Records, whose artists included Mary Hopkin and the Radha Krishna Temple. "Come And Get It" was the first substantial hit on the label by a group other than The Beatles. Formed in 1968, Apple had some substantial talent on their roster, including James Taylor, but they were completely mismanaged and only fell further into disrepair into the '70s, taking Badfinger down with them.
The group had a few more hits, including "Day After Day
" and "No Matter What
," but they weren't profiting from their success, in large part because of Apple's problems. The group was also victim to bad management that muddled their financial affairs in an effort to dodge taxes. In 1973, they broke with Apple but made a deal to deliver them one more album. They also signed a new deal with Warner Bros. and recorded an album for them in 1974. The albums were released months apart in 1974 and neither had a hit. They ended up in litigation with both labels and had to shut down completely in 1975 with very little to show financially for all they accomplished. Despondent, lead singer Pete Ham killed himself on April 24, 1975, leaving behind a pregnant wife. In his suicide note, he left a message for their business manager, Stan Polley, calling him a "souless bastard."