IVEYS

“Crawling Up the Hill” live


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

The Iveys were formed in Swansea, Wales, in the early 1960's. Led by guitarist Pete Ham under various names like Black Velvets and the Wild Ones, they finally decided to stick with the name "The Iveys" - rumour says after the Hollies´song Poison Ivy

They played numerous gigs in the Swansea area, and eventually the managed to get more attractive job as opening act for bands like the Who, the Yardbirds, the Moody Blues, and the Spencer Davis Group

By 1966, a new manager in Bill Collins had them based in 7 Park Avenue, Golders Green, London, where they continued to make a name for themselves. Collins encouraged the members of the Iveys to write their own songs and especially Ham soon proved the most proficient at this. By 1967, various record companies and producers, including Decca, Pye, and CBS, expressed an interest in signing them, but they ended up signing with the newly formed Apple Records label in 1968.

They recorded numerous demos and acetates, but only released one album and a couple of singles, before changing their name to Badfinger. Check out the Badfinger page for more information!!

Addition:

From fellow Badfinger fan John Warburg I've received this information about Pete Ham's early career:

"The Panthers (formed in 1961, in Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales): Pete Ham Fentoweil guitar; (born Peter William Ham, 27.4.1947, in Townhill, Swansea died 24.4.1975, in Weybridge, Surrey); David Franklin guitar; Roy Anderson snare drums; John Harrel bass; Dai Jenkins rhythm guitar, vocals (replaced Franklin) (born David Jenkins).

The Black Velvets (formed in 196? in Swansea): Pete Ham guitar; Roy Anderson drums; John Horrel bass; Dai Jenkins rhythm guitar, vocals.

The Wild Ones (formed in 196? in Swansea): Pete Ham guitar, vocals, occasional organ; Roy Anderson drums; John Horrel bass; Dai Jenkins rhythm guitar, vocals; Terry Gleason drums; Ron Griffiths bass, vocals (Winter 1964) (born Ronald Llewellyn Griffiths, 2.10.1946, in Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales) (ex The Jaguars).

The Wild Ones (formed in 196? in Swansea): Pete Ham guitar, vocals, occasional organ; Roy Anderson drums; John Horrel bass; Dai Jenkins rhythm guitar, vocals; Terry Gleason drums; Ron Griffiths bass, vocals (Winter 1964) (born Ronald Llewellyn Griffiths, 2.10.1946, in Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales) (ex The Jaguars).

The Iveys (formed in Winter 1964, in Swansea, split in Sep 1969): Pete Ham guitar, vocals, occasional organ (Winter 1964 - Sep 1969); Dai Jenkins rhythm guitar, vocals (Winter 1964 - Aug 1967); Terry Gleason drums (Winter 1964 - Mar 1965); Ron Griffiths bass, vocals (Winter 1964 - Sep 1969); Mike Gibbons drums, vocals (Mar 1965 - Sep 1969) (born Michael George Gibbons, 12.3.1949, in Swansea); Tom Evans rhythm guitar, vocals (Aug 1967 - Sep 1969) (born Thomas Evans Jr, 5.6.1947, in Liverpool, Lancashire died 23.11.1983)."

Band Members:

Pete Ham: Lead singer, lead guitarist and main songwriter. An unusually gifted musician and songwriter, who wrote, during his short lifetime and handful of evergreen classics like "Without You", "Day After Day", "No Matter What" and Baby Blue"

Tom Evans: Rhythm guitar and vocals. Evans was a prolific songwriter too, and he co-wrote "Without You" with Pete Ham

Mike Gibbins: Drums . Talented drummer, who wrote one or two songs for most Badfinger albums.

Ron Griffiths: Bass and vocals. Wrote a few songs for the group - best known is "Dear Angie"

David Jenkins: Rhythm guitarist left around 1966 to be replaced by Tom Evans


Discography:


1. Maybe Tomorrow - 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. Without You - Bonus CD with biography - Frances Glover Books 2000

Tracks:
1. Taxi / 2. Take Good Care of my Baby / 3. She Came Out of the Cold / 4. Clown of the Party / 5. Maybe Tomorrow ( live ) + 14 other Pete Ham / Badfinger releated tracks
Rating : 6


3. 94 Baker Street - RPM 270 - 2003

Tracks:
1. I´m Too Shy / 2. Maybe Tomorrow / 3. Tube Train / 4. She Came out Of the Cold / 5. I´ve Been there Once Before + 16 other tracks by various other Apple artists
Rating : 7


4. An Apple a Day - RPM Records - 2006

Tracks:
1. Black and White Rainbows / 2. Girl Next Door In A Mini Skirt / 3. Tomorrow´s Today / 4. Mr Strangeways + 17 other tracks by various other Apple artists
Rating :



5. Treacle Toffee World - RPM Records RPM 312 - 2008

Tracks:
7. Bittersweet Adieu / 14. How Does it Feel + 15 other tracks by various other Apple artists
Rating :


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


1. Beautiful and Blue ( Evans ) Maybe Tomorrow
2. They´re Knocking Down Our Home ( Ham ) Maybe Tomorrow
3. Take Good Care of My Baby ( Ham ) Without You
4. She Came out of the Cold ( Ham/Evans ) Without You
5. Clown of the Party ( Ham ) Without You
6. Tube Train ( Griffiths ) 94 Baker Street
7. She Came out of the Cold - alt. ( Ham/Evans ) 94 Baker Street
8. Dear Angie ( Griffiths ) Maybe Tomorrow
9. Sali Bloo ( Ham ) Maybe Tomorrow
10. Maybe Tomorrow ( Evans ) Maybe Tomorrow
11. I´ve Been Waiting ( Ham ) Maybe Tomorrow
12. See Saw Granpa ( Ham ) Maybe Tomorrow
13. I´m Too Shy ( Evans ) 94 Baker Street
14. I´ve Been There Once Before ( Ham ) 94 Baker Street
15. Black and White Rainbows ( Ham ) An Apple a Day
16. Mr Strangeways ( Griffiths ) An Apple a Day
17. The Girl Next Door in a Mini-Skirt ( Ham ) An Apple a Day

Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - April 7 - 2006

513 Maybe Tomorrow- 1969
Check and Rate Here!

April 7 - 2006 - "rateyourmusic.com"



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