Basically it was when Tommy Evans came into the band that they sweetened up and became more Apple-oriented, creating their own, really beautiful songs. In the world changed for The Iveys, for better or worse they took their name as a homage to the then-popular Hollies.
They acquired a manager in Bill Collins, whose musician son Lewis played in Merseybeat band The Mojos and later as an actor would play the co-lead character William Bodie in the television series The Professionals.
Jenkins had gone by now, and Griffiths was to follow, the pressures of marriage and parenthood proving incompatible with the rock band lifestyle. Coincidentally or not, looks-wise he also happened to resemble Paul McCartney.
Like The Beatles, whose decision to come off the road had resulted in the unparalleled creativity of Sgt. Pepper and beyond, Badfinger found their world revolving round the studio, whereas most of their contemporaries relied on gigs to pay the rent. But by now The Iveys, a brash if not very original Swansea band, had seemingly metamorphosed into a band whose strengths lay in other directions. But Bill Collins — who, Molland later insisted, believed his friend wanted to manage the group in his stead — was against the idea.
It was a move that resulted in the band losing a champion at the label as Mal Evans exited the picture. The band entered the studio with Emerick to record No Dice , their third album in total and the first for Joey Molland to appear on. Pete Ham was the vocalist on the single, and the harmonies and extravagant electric guitars benefiting from the added edge of Molland elevated it from the basic beat-group treatment of Come And Get It.
I was convinced it was The Beatles, and fantasised that they had secretly re-formed and were issuing covert singles. If you were a Beatles fan, their break-up left a void that Badfinger, at their best, came close to filling. No Matter What succeeded against the odds. For while Badfinger were away on tour, Derek Taylor left Apple and, with The Beatles suing each other from behind different managers, the organisation hit the rocks. Away from the music, Badfinger had handed over control of their destiny lock, stock and barrel to veteran American manager Stan Polley, with Bill Collins retaining some measure of UK control.
Obviously he was getting out of his depth a bit. Hence when a week American tour was suddenly sprung on them, they had to rush the Geoff Emerick-produced sessions for their next LP, mixing the album in just one day before flying off. Little wonder, then, that the result was rather rougher-edged than the polished pop that had been expected. It was unusual to play to people who were sitting down, watching and listening for a change.
The people there seemed to have come specifically to see you, instead of just another group to dance to. On the plus side, they soon found they had a new champion who could help guide them through the rubble and mess of the collapsing Apple organisation. Those efforts culminated in two August benefit gigs at Madison Square Garden, the biggest such events pre-Live Aid, at which Badfinger members would appear alongside Harrison and others, albeit as sidemen.
The very first time I heard Badfinger, I was hooked. They sounded very much like the Beatles, and I was a big Beatles fan though Pete Ham always hated that comparison. I went out and bought their very first album and other ones, too. I still have them all. They had a couple other guys on stage, too, and they put on a great show. Pete Ham had committed suicide in , and they paid tribute to him during the concert.
It was very moving. Everything about that show was great. The mixer did a great job, the sound was perfect, the music and vocals were fabulous. After the show, I talked a buddy of mine into hanging around to see if we could meet them. We sat at the bar while everyone around us was cleaning up and the roadies were packing up the band's gear.
About ten minutes or so, Tom Evans walked out to the bar and sat down a few stools from us. As star struck as i was, I was taken back how short he was. And he seemed so frail. It seemed the biggest thing on him was his rather large nose. We told him what a great show it was and I asked him if I could buy him a drink.
He smiled and said yes, so my buddy and mine moved over on each side of him. We talked about 15 or 20 minutes with him and bought him a couple of drinks, and he could not have been nicer. He went through the problems which had plagued them with Apple records, their American agent, and all the law suits. When I felt comfortable enough, I asked him about Pete's suicide, and he took a long sip of his drink, then very softly said in his thick British accent, "I was the one who cut him down, you know".
He briefly went through what happened that night and early morning and finished by saying, "he never met his daughter, you know" Subsequently, the management of the Dodgers fired Evans in for insubordination and deleted all his performances from the group's subsequent album recordings later released as Love on the Rebound. They performed a few concerts as the opening act for Peter Frampton in Natural Gas released a self-titled album and three singles, but none managed to chart.
By , both Molland and Evans were out of the music business. Molland later described his dire economic circumstances: "Thank God I had guitars and I was able to sell some of that stuff. We were flat broke, and that's happened to me three times, where my wife and I have had to sell off everything and go and stay with her parents or do whatever. I installed carpeting for a while in Los Angeles and stuff like that.
You do what you've got to do to survive. Encouragement from the Elektra record company led to the decision to rename the new band Badfinger. Their "comeback" album, Airwaves , was released in The Warner Brothers lawsuit against Polley lasted four years, with Polley finally being forced to pay a "substantial sum" back to the company in late After the failure of Say No More , Molland and Evans operated rival touring bands, each using the name "Badfinger", during and , which created even more personal and professional conflict.
On the night of 18 November ,  Evans and Molland had an extensive and heated argument on the telephone regarding past Badfinger income still in escrow from the Apple era,  and the "Without You" songwriting royalties Evans was now receiving, which Molland, former manager Collins and Gibbins all wanted a share of. Following this argument, Evans hanged himself in the garden at his home in New Haw, Surrey, on the morning of 19 November Kramer and Herman's Hermits. Nicholas on bass.
All four Badfinger albums on Apple, which were deleted from release in , have been reissued twice; first in the early s as part of a revival of the Apple catalogue and again in , when the albums were available individually or as part of the disc Apple Box Set. The sole Iveys' album Maybe Tomorrow was also reissued in the early s but was not part of the campaign. Badfinger's first collection titled Shine On , spanning their two Warner Brothers albums, was released in the UK in A more comprehensive collection, with tracks from both record labels, was the s The Very Best of Badfinger.
The album's release then sparked a lawsuit filed by Molland. The band's accounting firm, collecting for a court order settlement, had re-adjusted against Molland's Apple royalty income by deducting away the percentage amounts of that court order, then reimbursing those amounts to the other Badfinger parties. The Rykodisc contract did not include artist royalty payments, because Molland had advised Rykodisc he would take care of that distribution himself under another company name.
He was awarded a partial settlement, as the judge stated the evidence against Molland was insufficient to justify a severe penalty, also noting that since both parties had conceded the original tapes were of poor quality, Molland's salvaging of them to a commercial level merited consideration.
While in a readers poll for Goldmine magazine, Straight Up ranked as the most-requested CD release among out-of-print albums, the album made it to CD only in In , Molland was paid to re-record the 10 most popular Badfinger songs.
The update of the book was accompanied by a CD of rare material and interviews. In , Gibbins released a two-disc set of a Badfinger performance recorded in Indiana, on 19 October , which had been captured on a basic cassette recorder, which was initially and inaccurately titled Live 83 — DBA-BFR.
By , the issue of royalty payments had been resolved in court. The other band members and Collins share the rest. Following the demise of Badfinger, each of the three living former members Joey Molland, Bob Jackson, and Mike Gibbins continued to record and play new music. In he released a collection of demos called Demos Old and New on his own label, Independent Artists.
In , Gibbins contributed two songs to the compilation album, Young Savage Florida Also, posthumous collections were released for both Pete Ham and Tom Evans. In both and , two collections of Ham's home recordings were released: 7 Park Avenue , and Golders Green ,  with extra instruments added by Jackson and Griffiths.
Former manager Bill Collins died in August , aged 89,  and on 4 October , Mike Gibbins died in his sleep at his home in Oviedo, Florida from a brain aneurysm. He was 56, had been married twice and had three sons. A concert followed the unveiling of the plaque featuring former Badfinger members Bob Jackson and Al Wodtke. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Welsh rock band. Badfinger in , from the cover of their album Straight Up.
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