Saturday, 26 April 2014

Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Badfinger had endured its share of bad luck before April 24, 1975, to be sure. But everything changed on that awful day, when Pete Ham — singer and composer of so many of their hits — committed suicide.
“It is always difficult when we talk about Peter; it’s difficult to play without him,” says Joey Molland, the lone surviving member now of Badfinger’s classic lineup. “I always felt it was a damn shame. The guy was great, a good guy. Even to this day, I don’t understand what happened. I suppose it just wasn’t meant to be.”
The group — though best known now for a string of turn-of-the-1970s power-pop gems from the Beatles’ Apple Records imprint like “No Matter What,” “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue” — struggled forward. Badfinger would issue a pair of underrated, largely forgotten albums in the years following Ham’s death, including 1979′s Airwaves and 1981′s Say No More.
But their story of missed opportunities, poor management and wrong turns had taken on a tragic element, and that continued through to the 1983 death — also by hanging — of Tom Evans. He reportedly never recovered from Ham’s death, and was quoted in Dan Matovina’s book Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger as saying: “I wanna be where he is.”

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