their spectacular rise, and tragic fall

Badfinger(L to R) Tom Evans, Peter Ham, Mike Gibbons and Joey Molland.

Badfinger were originally a Welsh / English rock band formed in Swansea that were active from the 1960s to the 1980s. The best-known line-up consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland. They are recognized for their influence on the 1970s power pop genre.

Badfinger, the beginning

The band evolved from an earlier group called the Iveys, formed in 1961, which became the first group signed by the Beatles "Apple" label in 1968. The band renamed themselves Badfinger, after the working title for the Beatles' 1967 song "With a Little Help from My Friends "(" Bad Finger Boogie "). From 1968 to 1973, Badfinger recorded five albums for Apple and toured extensively before becoming embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records' dissolution.

Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney, 1970), "No Matter What" (produced by Mal Evans, 1970), "Day After Day" (produced by George Harrison, 1971), and "Baby Blue" (produced by Todd Rundgren, 1972). Their song "Without You" (1970) has been recorded many times, becoming a US number-one hit for Harry Nilsson and, decades later, a UK number-one for Mariah Carey.
Harry Nillson heard the song at a party, and liked what he heard.
Next day, he telephoned the lady who's house the party was, asking who that record was by. She thought it was Grapefruit, then found out it was Badfinger.
Harry recorded the song, and Badfinger just happened to be in the same recording venue.                                                                              At the end of the Nillson's session, Harry invited them into the studio, tuned the lights down, and played them his finished version of "Without You", showing the band what could be done with such a great song.

Day After Day sessions, Apple studiosBadfinger, when all was looking good. L to R:Tom Evans, Joey Molland, Mike Gibbons, Peter Ham

The beginning of the end of Badfinger.

After Apple Records folded in 1973, Badfinger struggled with a host of legal, managerial and financial issues, leading to Ham's taking his own life in 1975. Over the next three years, surviving members struggled to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits, which tied up the songwriters' royalty payments for years. Their subsequent albums floundered.

As Molland and Evans alternated between cooperation and conflict,  their attempts to revive and capitalize on the Badfinger legacy floundered.

In 1983, Evans also died by suicide.

Badfinger on Vinyl

No Dice album.

Badfingers "No Dice" album.  has "Without You" on it, as well as the brilliant "No Matter What" and "Better Days"

It was recorded at Abby Road studios April-August 1970 and released in the UK and US in November 1970.

Buy Badfinger's No Dice Album

The follow up to "No Dice", "Straight Up" is probably my favorite Badfinger album. The Band always preferred "Wish You Were Here", but this is my fave.

Classic like, "Take It All" "Baby Blue"and "Day After Day" make this a classic album.

Straight Up album.

Recorded at Abbey Road and Air Studios May to October 1971 t was released in the UK and US in December 1971 (US) -February 1972 (UK). It reached No. 16 in the Go-Set Magazines chart in Australia, Canada it made No. 13, and the US no. 31. It didn't crack the UK charts, but the singles "Day after Day" and "Baby Blue" both made the UK charts.

Buy Badfinger's Straight Up Album

Ok, I know, this is a CD. and it is only here because the Vinyl version is unavailable at the moment. The great thing about this record is the "Live at The BBC Sessions" This CD really shows the real Badfinger, firing on all cylinders. Great singing, great guitar work.

 The track "Better Days" really comes to life. They also do not one, bur two Dave Mason songs "Only You Know and I Know", and the classic "Feeling Alright" It is worth the money just for this CD. 

But you also get the bands first Warner Brothers record "Badfinger" plus the album many consider their best "Wish You Were Here"

Badfingers Triple Album Set