BADFINGER


"No Matter What" Live


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Badfinger was formed in Swansea, Wales, in 1964 by Pete Ham, under the name the Iveys. In december 1968 the got a recording contract with the Beatles´ label Apple. They released a couple of singles and an album as the Iveys, but in autumn 1969, while recording music for the movie "The Magic Christian", they changed their name to Badfinger. The first single as Badfinger, "Come and Get it", written by Paul McCartney, was an instant hit. Soon original bassist Ron Griffiths left, to be replaced by Joey Molland

This new line-up recorded 3 more albums for Apple and in 1973-74 2 more for Warner Brothers. They had big chart successes with Pete Ham´s "No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue"
After their change to Warner Brothers they did not achieve any more hit-singles and the band slowly began to fall apart from bad management and financial troubles.
One final Warner album was recorded in late 1974 - early 1975, with new member Bob Jackson replacing Molland. Sadly this last great effort with Ham in the band was not released until 2000.

After Ham´s death in 1975 the band split up, but Tom Evans reformed the band with Molland in 1978, and the recorded two more albums.
In November Evans died, and no more new Badfinger material has been recorded since.

Tom Evans and especially Pete Ham were unusually gifted song-writers, who wrote the pop classic "Without You" which was a big hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey


Key Band Members:

Pete Ham: Born 1947, vocals, lead guitar and piano . Ham was beyond question the key member of Badfinger, and he wrote the majority of the greatest Badfinger recordings.

Tom Evans: Born 1947, vocals, guitar and bass. Evans joined the Iveys in 1966, and he is the only member featured on all Badfinger albums.

Mike Gibbins: Born 1949, drums . Original member, but was only briefly back in the re-united version of Badfinger in 1978 and 1982

Ron Griffiths: Born 1946, bass and vocals. Original member, but left the band in 1969.

Dai Jenkins: Born 1947, rhythm guitar. Original member, but left the band in 1966. Jenkins is only featured on very few demo-recordings

Joey Molland: Born 1947, rhythm guitar and vocals. Replaced Griffiths, which let Evans take over the bass. Molland left again in 1974, and was also a member in 1978-81

Bob Jackson: Born 1950, keyboards and vocals. Joined in 1974 which meant that Badfinger for a short tour in 1974 was a 5-piece. Jackson was in the "Head First" line-up, and he was also back for a short while in 1982-83

Joe Tansin: Born 1949, guitar and vocals. Joined Badfinger for their 1979 Elekra album "Airwaves"

Kenny Harck: Born 194-, drums. Joined Badfinger for their 1979 Elekra album "Airwaves"

Tony Kaye: Born 194-, keyboards. Formerly "Yes". Joined Badfinger in 1980 and was part of the "Say No More" line-up, and stayed until 1983

Peter Clarke: Born 194-, drums. Formerly "Stealers Wheel". Joined Badfinger in 1980 and was part of the "Say No More" line-up

Reed Kailing: Born 194-, guitar, vocals. Joined in 1982

Donnie Dacus: Born 194-, guitar. Joined in 1982

Al Wodtke: Born 194-, bass. Joined shortly in 1983

Greg Gehring: Born 194-, guitar. Joined shortly in 1983

Glen Sherba: Born 194-, guitar. Joined shortly in 1983



Discography:

[*] = Bonus-track

1. Maybe Tomorrow ( The Iveys ) - Apple 1969

Tracks: 1. See Saw Granpa / 2. Beautiful And Blue / 3. Dear Angie / 4. Think About The Good Times/ 5: Yesterday Ain't Coming Back / 6. Fisherman / 7. Maybe Tomorrow / 8. Sali Bloo / 9. Angelique/ 10. I'm in Love / 11. They're Knocking Down Our Home / 12. I've Been Waiting / 13. No Escaping Your Love / 14. Mrs Jones / 15. And Her Daddy's A Millionaire / 16. Looking For My Baby

Rating : 4


2. Magic Christian Music - Apple 1970

Tracks:
1. Come And Get It / 2. Crimson Ship / 3. Dear Angie / 4. Fisherman / 5. Midnight Sun / 6. Beautiful And Blue / 7. Rock Of All Ages / 8. Carry On Till Tomorrow / 9. I'm in Love / 10. Walk Out In The Rain / 11. Angelique / 12. They're Knocking Down Our Home / 13. Give It a Try / 14. Maybe Tomorrow / 15. Storm in a Teacup / 16. Arthur

Rating : 7


3. No Dice - Apple 1970

Tracks:
1. I Can't Take it / 2. I Don't Mind / 3. Love Me Do / 4. Midnight Caller / 5. No Matter What / 6. Without You / 7. Blodwyn / 8. Better Days / 9. It Had to Be / 10. Watford John / 11. Believe Me / 12. We're for the Dark / 13. Get Down / 14. Friends are Hard to Find / 15. Mean Mean Jemima / 16. Loving You / 17. I'll Be the One
Rating : 9


4. Straight Up - Apple 1971

Tracks:
1. Take it All / 2. Baby Blue / 3. Money / 4. Flying / 5. I'd Die Babe / 6. Name of the Game / 7. Suitcase / 8. Sweet Tuesday Morning / 9. Day After Day / 10. Sometimes / 11. Perfection / 12. It's Over / 13. Money* / 14. Flying* / 15. Name of the Game* / 16. Suitcase* / 17. Baby Blue* / 18. Baby Please / 19. Sing For the Song / 20. No Good at All
Rating : 10


5. Ass - Apple 1973

Tracks:
1. Apple of My Eye / 2. Get Away / 3. Icicles / 4. Winner / 5. Blind Owl / 6. Constitution / 7. When I Say / 8. Cowboy / 9. I Can Love You / 10. Timeless / 11. Do You Mind [*] .
Rating : 7


6. Badfinger - Warner Brothers 1973

Tracks:
1. I Miss You / 2. Shine On / 3. Love Is Easy / 4. Song for a Lost Friend / 5. Why Don't We Talk? / 6. Island / 7. Matted Spam / 8. Where Do We Go from Here? / 9. My Heart Goes Out / 10. Lonely You / 11. Give It Up / 12. Andy Norris
Rating : 8


7. Wish You Were Here - Warner Brothers 1974

Tracks:
1. Just a Chance / 2. You're So Fine / 3. Got to Get Out of Here / 4. Know One Knows / 5. Dennis / 6. In the Meantime/Some Other Time / 7. Love Time / 8. King of the Load / 9. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch/Should I Smoke
Rating : 10


8. Head First - Warner Brothers 1975 ( Snapper 2000)

Tracks:
1. Lay Me Down / 2. Hey, Mr. Manager / 3. Keep Believing / 4. Passed Fast / 5. Rock'N'Roll Contract / 6. Saville Row / 7. Moonshine / 8. Back Again / 9. Turn Around / 10. Rockin' Machine / 11. Time Is Mine [*] / 12. Smokin' Gun [*] / 13. Old Fashioned Notions [*] / 14. Nothing To Show [*] / 15. You Ask Yourself Why [*] / 16. Keep Your Country Tidy [*] / 17. To Say Goodbye [*] / 18. Queen Of Darkness [*] / 19. I Can't Believe In [*] / 20. Thanks To You All [*] / 21. Lay Me Down (Demo).
Rating : 9


9. Airwaves - Elektra 1979

Tracks:
1. Airwaves / 2. Look Out California / 3. Lost Inside Your Love / 4. Love Is Gonna Come At Last / 5. Sympathy / 6. The Winner / 7. The Dreamer / 8. Come Down Hard / 9. Sail Away / 10. One More Time [*] / 11. Send Me Your Love [*] / 12. Steal My Heart [*] / 13. Love Can't Hide [*] / 14. Can You Feel The Rain [*]
Rating : 6


10. Say No More - Radio Records 1981

Tracks:
1. I Got You / 2. Come On / 3. Hold On / 4. Because I Love You / 5. Rock 'N' Roll Contract / 6. Passin' Time / 7. Three Time Loser / 8. Too Hung Up On You / 9. Crocadillo / 10. No More
Rating : 4


11. Day After Day - Live 1974 - Ryko Records 1989

Tracks:
1. Sometimes / 2. I Don't Mind / 3. Blind Owl / 4. Give It Up / 5. Constitution / 6. Baby Blue / 7. Name of the Game / 8. Day After Day / 9. Timeless / 10. I Can't Take It
Rating : 5


12. BBC In Concert 1972-73 - Strange Fruit 1997

Tracks:
1. Better Days / 2. Only You Know and I Know / 3. We're for the Dark / 4. Sweet Tuesday Morning / 5. Feelin' Alright / 6. Take It All / 7. Suitcase / 8. Love Is Easy / 9. Blind Owl / 10. Constitution / 11. Icicles / 12. Matted Spam / 13. Suitcase / 14. I Can't Take It / 15. Come and Get It
Rating : 6


Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - July 3 - 2009

118 Straight Up - 1971
141 Wish You Were Here - 1974
234 No Dice - 1970
497 Magic Christian Music - 1969
543 Badfinger - 1974
624 Ass - 1973
700 Head First - 2000
801 Maybe Tomorrow - 1969
928 Airwaves - 1979
891 Say No More - 1981
Check and Rate Here!

August 15 - "rateyourmusic.com"

My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


1. Midnight Caller ( Ham ) No Dice
2. No Matter What ( Ham ) No Dice
3. Baby Blue ( Ham ) Straight Up
4. Day After Day( Ham ) Straight Up
5. Name Of The Game ( Ham ) Straight Up
6. Lonely You ( Ham ) Badfinger
7. Without You ( Ham/Evans ) No Dice
8. We´re For The Dark ( Ham ) No Dice
9. Come And Get It ( McCartney ) Magic Christian Music
10. I´ll Be The One ( Ham/Evans/Gibbins/Molland ) No Dice - bonus
11. Take It All ( Ham ) Straight Up
12. Apple Of My Eye ( Ham ) Ass
13. King Of The Load ( Evans ) Wish You Were Here
14. Mr Manager ( Evans ) Head First
15. Walk Out In The Rain ( Ham ) Magic Christian Music
16. When I Say ( Evans ) Ass
17. Keep Believing ( Ham ) Head First
18. Too Hung Up On You ( Evans ) Say No More
19. Crimson Ship ( Ham/Evans ) Magic Christian Music
20. Perfection ( Ham ) Straight Up
21. Blind Owl ( Evans ) Ass
22. Timeless( Ham ) Ass
23. Shine On ( Ham/Evans) Badfinger
24. Where Do We Go From Here ( Evans ) Badfinger
25. Know One Knows ( Ham ) Wish You Were Here
26. Lay Me Down ( Ham ) Head First
27. Moonshine ( Evans/Gibbins/Jackson ) Head First
28. Lost Inside Your Love ( Evans ) Airwaves
29. Sail Away ( Evans) Airwaves
30. One More Times ( Tansin ) Airwaves - bonus

Lyrics and Chords

LINKS:

Badfinger UK

Badfinger - WYWH

Presentation Badfinger.PopTopix.Com


Thanks to Eduardo Bonfirm from Brazil for the terrific Badfinger drawing



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