BADfINGER 

Badfinger, famed for their close association with The Beatles and the world-wide smash hit "Without You," formed in late 1969.  The line-up of the group consisted of (left to right) Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland.

A brief history:  Pete (guitar/vocals) and Mike (drums), both from Wales, Great Britain, performed in a backup band to Liverpool crooner David Garrick along with some other mates by the names of Dai Jenkins (guitar) and Ron Griffiths (bass/vocals).  At this time the name of the group wasn't Badfinger - it was the Iveys.  Before recording properly Dai split, his slot being filled by Tom Evans (formerly of the Calderstones), a native Liverpudlian.  The Iveys signed with The Beatles' Apple Records on the strength of their songwriting talents, moved to London, and in November of 1968 released their first single, "Maybe Tomorrow."  They followed this with a full LP in July of 1969, also titled Maybe Tomorrow.  Proper distribution of the record was questionable and sales were less than expected.  

Undaunted and open to suggestion, the group entered the studio with Paul McCartney now controlling the situation.  McCartney provided a song, "Come and Get It," and supervised.  During the sessions the group were keen to reinvent themselves, and a decision was made to vote Ron Griffiths out of the band.  They also felt it was best that Tommy switch to bass guitar and the group should look for another guitarist.  Enter Joey Molland, late of fame with Gary Walker & the Rain, The Merseys, and the Masterminds, another Liverpudlian. Hence Badfinger was born.  

The single "Come and Get It" (with Griffiths playing bass) became a smash, reaching #7 in the US.  They followed this with their own compositions "No Matter What" (#8), Day After Day (#4), and Baby Blue (#14 - 1972, #1 - 2013 iTunes download).  During this time American singer Harry Nilsson placed Badfinger's song "Without You" on top of the charts, Mariah Carey doing the same in 1994.  Badfinger also carry the distinction of having played with all of the solo Beatles, appearing on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Ringo Starr's "It don't come Easy," and John Lennon's Imagine.  

After leaving Apple for a contract with Warner Brothers in the US, Badfinger recorded more fine records but failed to chart in the Top 40.  Distraught over personal and professional problems, Peter Ham committed suicide in April of 1975.  Evans' death followed in 1983.  Gibbins and Molland worked together on and off throughout the eighties and nineties until a lawsuit over royalty payments put a wedge between them in 1995.  They were able to reconcile their differences afterwards, and were in good standing at the time of Gibbins' death from natural causes in 2005.  

VH1 produced a documentary about the band and an unauthorized biography, Without You - The Tragic Story of Badfinger, was written and published.  The authorized life story of Badfinger's sole surviving member (of the original band) Joey Molland was written in two parts as The Biography of Joey Molland and Badfinger and Beyond.  Today, Joey Molland owns the rights to the Badfinger name and tours frequently as Joey Molland's Badfinger while releasing new records under his own name.  His latest is CD is titled Return to Memphis.   

    

Badfinger and Beyond - The authorized biography of surviving member Joey Molland

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320 pages, paperback, many never seen before photos!

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Praise for The Biography of Joey Molland

"...an upbeat book filled with interesting and amusing anecdotes."

Barb Alan Atkinson - Badfinger Boogie  

 

 

"...a great read for anyone with a love affair with the history of British rock music.

...a fun romp of a read...  well worth the 'price of admission'."

Rick Landers - Guitar International

 

View video of Joey Molland's "Isn't it a Dream" here - - - > 

Badfinger Discography

Badfinger - Magic Christian Music.jpg (24462 bytes)  Magic Christian Music by Badfinger (Apple Records, 1970)

Contains the hit single "Come and Get It," the McCartney supervised sessions, and remixed tracks by the Iveys.  Joey Molland does not appear.

Badfinger - No Dice.jpg (24727 bytes) No Dice (Apple Records, 1970)

Contains the hit single "No Matter What," and the original version of "Without You."

Badfinger - Straight Up.jpg (52559 bytes) Straight Up (Apple Records, 1971)

Contains the hit singles "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue."  Guests include George Harrison and Leon Russell.

Badfinger - Ass.jpg (21041 bytes) Ass (Apple Records, 1973)

Badfinger - Badfinger.jpg (16605 bytes) Badfinger (Warner Brothers, 1974)

Badfinger - Wish You Were Here.jpg (28069 bytes) Wish You Were Here (Warner Brothers, 1974)

Guests include Mika and the Average White Horns.

Badfinger - Head First.jpg (16892 bytes) Head First (recorded 1974, not released until 2001)

Badfinger lineup:  Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, Bob Jackson (keyboards/vocals).  Joey Molland does not appear.

Badfinger - Airwaves.jpg (12256 bytes) Airwaves (Elektra, 1979)

Contains the hit single "Love is Gonna Come at Last."  

Badfinger lineup:  Joey Molland, Tom Evans, Joe Tansin (guitar/vocals).  guests include Nicky Hopkins (piano), Tony Kaye [uncredited] (keyboards), Andy Newmark (drums).

Badfinger - Say No More.jpg (21741 bytes) Say No More (Radio Records, 1981)

Contains the hit single "Hold On."  

Badfinger lineup:  Joey Molland, Tom Evans, Tony Kaye, Richard Bryans (drums), Glenn Sherba (guitar).

Badfinger - Shine On.jpg (17433 bytes) Shine On (Edsel, 1989)

Compilation of Warner Brothers material

Badfinger - Day After Day.jpg (19937 bytes) Day After Day (Rykodisc, 1990)

Live recording by original band - 1974

Badfinger - The Best of Badfinger Vol. 2.jpg (21690 bytes) The Best of Badfinger Volume 2 (Rhino, 1990)

Compilation of Warner Brothers  and Elektra material.

Badfinger - The Best of Badfinger.jpg (23358 bytes) The Best of Badfinger (Apple, 1995)

Compilation of Apple material.

Badfinger - BBC In Concert.jpg (28248 bytes) BBC In Concert (Strange Fruit/Fuel 2000, 1997, reissued 2000)

Live recordings by original band - 1972/1973

Badfinger - The Very Best of Badfinger.jpg (49345 bytes) The Very Best of Badfinger (Apple, 2000)

Compilation of Apple and Warner Brothers material.

       

Other discs that carry the Badfinger moniker...

Badfinger - Apple Daze.jpg (28063 bytes) Apple Daze (Raven Records, 1991)

Interview disc with Tommy Evans

Badfinger - The Best of Badfinger (Excelsior).jpg (29391 bytes) The Best of Badfinger featuring Joey Molland (Excelsior, 1994)

Digital recording of Joey Molland singing Badfinger songs while being backed by Nashville session musicians.  Intended for the budget market.

Badfinger - Joey Molland's Badfinger - Timeless.jpg (30828 bytes) Joey Molland's Badfinger - Timeless (Crosstown, 1996)

Four song demo recorded by Joey Molland and friends, with Heart's Howard Leese guesting.  Not intended for distribution.  Now a highly valued collectors item. 

 

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