Artist: Badfinger

Baby Blue ~ Badfinger

badfingerBadfinger were a British rock band consisting originally of Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, Mike Gibbins and Tom Evans; active from 1968 to 1983, and evolving from The Iveys; formed by Ham, Griffiths and David “Dai” Jenkins in Swansea, Wales, in the early 1960s. Joey Molland joined the group in 1969, following the departure of Griffiths. Signed by the Beatles’ Apple label in 1968 as The Iveys, they adopted the name Badfinger in 1969. Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1971: “Come and Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney), “No Matter What”, “Day After Day”, and “Baby Blue”. The Ham/Evans-penned Badfinger song “Without You” became a Billboard number one hit for Harry Nilsson. Badfinger were photographed by Leslie Smithers in 1970 for Apple Corps Ltd. The photograph is now part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. In 1970, the band engaged American businessman Stan Polley to manage their commercial affairs. Over the next five years the band recorded several albums for Apple and toured extensively, but became embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records’ dissolution. They signed to Warner Bros., but Polley’s financial machinations resulted in a lawsuit by Warner Bros., over missing escrow account money. Warner’s consequent withdrawal from market of the 1974 album, Wish You Were Here (seven weeks after its release), cut off the band’s income. Three days before his 28th birthday, on 24 April 1975, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself, leaving a note that included damning comments about Polley.

The next three years saw surviving members trying to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits. The albums Airwaves (1978) and Say No More (1981) floundered, as Molland and Evans see-sawed between cooperation and struggle in attempts to revive and capitalise on the Badfinger legacy. Having seen Ham’s body after Ham’s wife had called him, Evans reportedly never got over his friend’s suicide, and was quoted as saying in darker moments, “I wanna be where he is.” On 19 November 1983, Evans also took his own life by hanging.

Baby Blue

Baby Blue” is a song recorded by the rock/pop band Badfinger for inclusion on their 1971 album, “Straight Up.” The song was written by Pete Ham, produced by Todd Rundgren, and released on Apple Records.

Baby Blue – Pete Ham

Guess I got what I deserved
Kept you waiting there too long, my love
All that time without a word
Didn’t know you’d think that I’d forget or I’d regret
The special love I had for you, my baby blue

All the days became so long
Did you really think, I’d do you wrong?
Dixie, when I let you go
Thought you’d realize that I would know
I would show the special love I have for you, my baby blue

What can I do, what can I say
Except I want you by my side
How can I show you, show me the way
Don’t you know the times I’ve tried?

Guess that’s all I have to say

Except the feeling just grows stronger every day
Just one thing before I go
Take good care, baby, let me know, let it grow
The special love you have for me, my Dixie, dear.

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Day After Day ~ Badfinger

Badfinger was a rock band formed in Swansea, Wales in the early 1960s and was one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. During the early 1970s the band was tagged as the heir apparent to The Beatles, partly because of their close working relationship with the ‘Fab Four’ and partly because of their similar sound. However, Badfinger fell victim to some of the worst elements of the music industry, resulting in its two principal singers and songwriters committing suicide in 1975 and 1983.

Day After Day

The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison, who plays some of the slide guitar parts of the song along with Ham. The record also features Leon Russell on piano. As the song was unfinished at the time Harrison left the Badfinger album to produce the Concert for Bangladesh, the final mix was done by Todd Rundgren, who took over Straight Up after Harrison’s departure.

Because of all of the overdubs, Badfinger was hesitant to play this song live for years, since it was impossible for a four-piece group to reproduce the single production. However, the song was included in the setlist for Badfinger’s 1974 tour.

Here the song is performed with live vocals of Pete Ham over the recorded track and the other three member lip-synching.  Of course most television performances of different bands in the 1960s and 1970s were lip-synched — in fact many bands used to deliberately exaggerate their mimicking because they felt it was a fraud.

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I remember finding out about you
Every day, my mind is all around you
Looking out from my lonely room, day after day
Bring it home, baby, make it soon
I give my love to you

I remember holding you while you sleep
Every day, I feel the tears that you weep
Looking out of my lonely gloom, day after day
Bring it home, baby, make it soon
I give my love to you

[duel slide guitar solo (Pete Ham and George Harrison)]

Looking out of my lonely room, day after day
Bring it home, baby, make it soon
I give my love to you

I remember finding out about you
Every day, my mind is all around you
Looking out of my lonely gloom, day after day
Bring it home, baby, make it soon
I give my love to you.

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Come and Get It ~ Badfinger

Badfinger was a rock band formed in Swansea, Wales in the early 1960s and was one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. During the early 1970s the band was tagged as the heir apparent to The Beatles, partly because of their close working relationship with the ‘Fab Four’ and partly because of their similar sound. However, Badfinger fell victim to some of the worst elements of the music industry, resulting in its two principal singers and songwriters committing suicide in 1975 and 1983.

Come And Get It

Paul McCartney  wrote the song for the film The Magic Christian, and made popular by  Badfinger.

McCartney wrote the song in 1969, and may have been inspired by the opening “If you want it, you can get” lyrics of John Lennon’s improvisational Dig It, rehearsed during the Beatles’ Get Back Sessions in late January 1969. McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song on July 24, 1969, when he arrived early for an Abbey Road session. He sang the double-tracked lead vocal and played all the instruments: he sang and played piano on the first take, sang again and played maracas on the first overdub, drums came third and bass guitar was added last. It took less than an hour to finish.[1]

The song was an obvious candidate for the album, and would have certainly been a hit if released as a Beatles single. But tensions were high during these waning days of the Beatles, with Lennon in particular expressing anger that McCartney had dominated the band’s output for the previous two years, especially their singles. Consequently, McCartney did not press for the group to record the song. Although his original demo has appeared through the decades on bootlegs, it wasn’t until 1996 that it officially appeared on The Beatles Anthology 3 CD. It is credited as a Beatles song since this was issued under their name.

On August 2, 1969, McCartney presented his demo to Apple band Badfinger (then called The Iveys) telling them, “Okay, it’s got to be exactly like this demo.” His “carrot” for the band was his offer to produce this song and two other Iveys originals for the movie, since he had a contract to supply three songs for it. The band followed his instructions.[2]

McCartney auditioned each of the four Iveys to sing lead on “Come and Get It”. Ultimately, he picked fellow Liverpudlian Tom Evans to be lead singer instead of the any of three Welshmen, Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths or Mike Gibbins.

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If you want it, here it is come and get it
Mmmm, make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime I can give it
But you better hurry cause it may not last

Did I hear you say that there must be a catch
Will you walk away from a fool and his money
If you want it, here it is come and get it
But you better hurry cause it’s going fast

If you want it, here it is come and get it,
Mmmm, make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime I can give it
But you better hurry cause it may not last

Did I hear you say that there must be a catch
Will you walk away from a fool and his money

Sonny, if you want it, here it is come and get it
But you better hurry cause it’s going fast
You’d better hurry cause it’s going fast, uuuuuhh
Fool and his money

Sonny, if you want it, here it is come and get it
But you better hurry cause it’s going fast
You’d better hurry cause it’s going fast
You’d better hurry cause it’s going fast

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