Iveys/Badfinger Line-Ups 1964-1983

1964

The Iveys # 1

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Ron Griffiths; Bass, Vocals

Dai Jenkins; Rhytm Guitar, Vocals

Terry Gleason; Drums

Alwyne Jenkins; "Unofficial Manager"

In winter 1964 Ron Griffiths joins Pete's band "The Wild Ones" and they decide for a new name for the band. On Ron's proposition they agree on the name "The Iveys" , taken from a small street in Swansea. The first line-up was; Pete Ham, Terry Gleason, Dai Jenkins and Ron Griffiths. Dai's elder brother Alwyne becomes a kind of "unofficial manager" for the band.

1965

The Iveys # 2

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Ron Griffiths; Bass, Vocals

Dai Jenkins; Rhytm Guitar, Vocals

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Mike Gibbins replaces Terry Gleason in March 1965. In June 1966 Bill Collins takes over managing The Iveys. They begin to work as backing band for pop-singer David Garrick. Bill Collins encourages them to write their own material. In December 1966 he becomes The Iveys' official manager. Demos recordings by this line-up feature song like; "Turn On Your Loving Mood" ( Collins/Griffiths ) - "Memories" ( Ham ) - "Man Without a Heart" ( Ham ) - "Another Day" ( Ham ) - "Hey Baby" ( Gibbins ) - "Taxi" ( Ham ) - "I Believe In You Girl" ( Griffiths ) and "Sausage and Eggs" ( Ham ) . The last 3 titles were produced by Ray Davies of The Kinks in 1966.

1967

The Iveys # 3

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Ron Griffiths; Bass, Vocals

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Tom Evans; Guitar, Vocals

In August 1967 Tom Evans from Liverpool replaces Dai Jenkins. All officiallly released Iveys recordings from Apple Records are by this line-up. Besides the Apple releases this last version of The Iveys recorded a lot of demos and several acetates were made. The Iveys also did performances for The BBC in 1968/69 featuring interesting cover-versions of songs like "Just One Look", "You Can All Join In" , "Summer In The City" and "Drive My Car"

1969

Badfinger # 1

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Ron Griffiths; Bass, Vocals

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Tom Evans; Guitar, Vocals

In September 1969 they decided for new a name: "Badfinger". A few weeks later Ron Griffiths decides to leave the band. The last tracks for the first Badfinger album "Magic Christian Music" are recorded around this time as a three-piece band, as Ron Griffiths has been ill shortly before he finally decides to leave the band. These final tracks are "Crimson Ship", "Midnight Sun" and "Rock Of All Ages". A new Badfinger sound is there, thanks to Paul McCartney, who also wrote and produced "Come And Get It". Ron Griffiths is featured on this track as well as on most of the other tracks on "Magic Christian Music". "Come And Get It" is released as the first Badfinger single in December 5 and soon it becomes a big breakthrough for Badfinger. Shortly before Christmas 1969 Joey Molland is recruited to replace Ron Griffiths.

1970-74

Badfinger # 2

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Joey Molland; Vocals, Guitar

This line-up recorded all the hit-singles and all the highly praised album on Apple Records and Warner Brothers. Check out the "Badfinger Discography"!. In the beginning of May 1972 Mike Gibbins leaves Badfinger for about 2 1/2 months. Rob Strawinsky replaces Mike for their 4th US-tour in June/July 1972. Mike Gibbins reenters the band shortly after their return from America.

1974

Badfinger # 3

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Joey Molland; Vocals, Guitar

Bob Jackson; Keyboards, Vocals

In September 1974 Bob Jackson; Keyboards, vocals and guitar is added to the band after Pete Ham has left for short period - but returned soon after. They tour as a 5-piece in Britain in Sept./Oct. 1974. Unfortunately very little is known about this tour, and period in general. It would be very interesting to hear tape-recordings from this tour - if any exist. It even seems impossible to find photos of this line-up. According to people who actually saw and heard the band, they were as good as ever; even though everything around them was falling apart.

1974-75

Badfinger # 4

Pete Ham; Guitar, Vocals and Occasional Keyboards

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Bob Jackson; Keyboards, Vocals

On November 1974 Joey Molland leaves the band; but Badfinger continues as 4. In November/December they record a new album at Apple Studios in London.Though they're not given much time to write and record this becomes Badfinger's last masterpiece "Head First". They manage to produce an album that equals their acknowledged classics; "No Dice", "Straight Up" and "Wish You Were Here", and it certainly surpasses anything that has been recorded as Badfinger ever since.In this moment the album has still not been officially released - but now that the master-tapes that were thought lost have reappeared, no doubt it soon will be. This final line-up featuring Pete Ham never performed live, and after Pete's tragic suicide in April 1975 they disbanded.

1978

Badfinger # 5

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Joey Molland; Guitar, Vocals

Joe Tansin; Lead Guitar

Ken Harck; Drums

In January 1978 Tom Evans and Joey Molland reforms Badfinger with Joe Tansin and Ken Harck.They record some fine demos which have not yet been released, produced by John Ryan. Among these a great version of "Sail Away". This line-up records most of the "Airwaves" album, but before it's finished Ken Harck has left the band. Mike Gibbins was called in to replace him, but he did not fit into Basdfinger's new style and he probabbly was a bit out of practice with his drumming. A few few rehearsals Mike leaves again and session drummer Andy Newmark is used for the final recordings of "Airwaves". Before the album is released in 1979 Joe Tansin has also left Badfinger.

1979

Badfinger # 6

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Joey Molland; Guitar, Vocals

Peter Clarke; Drums

Tony Kaye; Keyboards

Peter Clarke, former drummer with "Stealer's Wheel", and Tony Kaye, former "Yes", are recruited for a support tour for the "Airwaves" album. They tour America in 1979. A bootleg version of one of their shows at Roxy Theater in L.A. can be found - decent sound. After the tour they begin to work on new demos, but Peter Clarke because an arm injury makes it impossible for him to play well enough to record. They rerecord "Come And Get It" K-Tel Records, probably with an session drummer. Soon after Ian Wallace who had recently played with Bob Dylan is hired for new recordings, but after Elektra Records "drops" them they band falls apart again.

1980

Badfinger # 7

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Joey Molland; Guitar, Vocals

Tony Kaye; Keyboards

Glen Sherba; Guitar

Richard Bryans; Drums

In October 1980 Badfinger reforms again to do a new album for Radio Records. Glen sherba is recruited as lead guitarist and the unknown drummer Richard Bryan complete the line-up. They begin to record "Say No More". This new version of Badfinger did a TV-lipsyncing of "I Got You" for the Merv Griffin Show and performed "Hold On" for "Solid Gold" , but they did not last long enough to make it to live performances. "Say No More" and 3 singles are released on Radio Records, but late 1981 Joey Molland leaves Badfinger.

1982

Badfinger # 8

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Bob Jackson; Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar

Adam Allen; Guitar

After a period of some turmoil Tom Evans comes in contact with former Badfinger members Mike Gibbins and Bob Jackson. A TV show performance from July 1982 exist with a new guitar player Adam Allen in the band. In August 82 Allen leaves the band again

1982

Badfinger # 9

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Mike Gibbins; Drums, Vocals

Bob Jackson; Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar

Reed Kailing; Guitar, Vocals

Donnie Dacus; Guitar


Donnie Dacus and Reed Kailing were added for a new tour and a possible album. Reed Kailing had played with "The Grassroots" and Donnie Dacus had recently played with Chicago. Both guitarists are very competent so this new line up is a very strong live-band. Terrific live recording exist from their tour in America in November/December 1982. A live recording featuring this line-up was released by Exile Music in 2002.
Throughout this period Joey Molland also toured with bands he called Badfinger; mostly featuring young unknown musicians. It was obviously not easy for him to compete with Tom's, Mike's and Bob's Badfinger - Two founder members, one from the "Head First" period and finally two highly professionals like Dacus and Kailing. Joey actually tried to sabotage Badfinger's opportunities to perform. Joey did try to call his band "The Spare Parts", but that name would not give him the shows he'd hoped for.


1982

Badfinger # 10

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Bob Jackson; Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar

Dan Grenier; Drums

Al Wodtke; Guitar

Greg Gehring; Guitar

The Kailing/Dacus line-up fell apart after the tour, but Tom Evans and Bob Jackson gathered a new band. This line-up was the last one to do studio recordings - these are often referred to as "The Goodfinger Sessions". Among them are Bob Jackson beautiful "I Won't Forget You" and Tom Evans' "You And I ". Video shots were made of the band.

1983

Badfinger # 11

Tom Evans; Bass, Vocals

Bob Jackson; Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar

Glen Sherba; Guitar

Tony Kaye; Keyboards

Lenny Campanero; Drums

"The Goodfinger" line-up never toured, so for a late 1983 tour Tom and Bob got hold of two former Badfinger-members, Tony Kaye and Glen Sherba. To complete the band drummer Lenny Campanero was found. This band was also brilliant live. Very good recordings of some of their shows can be found. These feature interesting versions of songs like "Just A Chance", "I've Seen A New Day", "Day After Day" and a new song called "Modern Romance". Tommy sings "Day After Day" perfectly at least on one of these occasions.. They gave several shows in the autumn of 1983. Their last performance was at "Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel", in Providence, Rhode Island, late October.

From time to time Joey Molland still tours as Badfinger or Joey Molland's Badfinger, but with both Pete and Tommy gone there can never be a "real" Badfinger band again.


Pictures from . . .

Soon more photos will be added.

Thanks to Daniel Patmore for the 1982 photos. Check out Patmore Photography Gallery at : Photo Gallery

Great thanks to Dan Matovina for his book "Without You - The Tragic story of Badfinger" which has been my main source to do this feature.

Also great thanks to Jesper Vindberg for the scans

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