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The Best of Badfinger


Praised by many and signed to The Beatles' Apple label, Badfinger had the world at their feet in 1970. Formed in Swansea as The Panthers, they changed to The Iveys in 1964. The band developed a good reputation on the UK gig circuit and in 1967 they attracted the attention of Beatles associate Mal Evans. Evans pushed them for the Beatles' Apple label and in 1968 they were signed. “Maybe Tomorrow” was their first single which was a hit in Europe and Japan, but not in the UK or US charts. In 1970, they released “Come And Get It”, a bitter song about Apple's finances written by Paul McCartney. “Come And Get It” reached the top five in the UK. The band and Apple decided a name change was needed. Badfinger was chosen as the name. George Harrison co-produced their album Straight Up in 1971, the same year that Joey Molland and Tom Evans played on John Lennon's Imagine. In 1971, Badfinger released the No Dice album - considered by the band to be their best album - from which came the massive hit song “Without You”. The song, written by Ham and Evans, later became an international hit for Harry Nilsson. In 1973 their manager Stan Polley negotiated a multi-million pound deal with Warner Bros. The band released a final album on Apple, titled Ass, and their debut for Warners, the Badfinger album, in quick succession. Following these releases ensued a period of financial debt and tragedy in which both Ham and Evans took their own lives. Their deaths came as a shock to their fans, family and friends and cut short a promising career that was teetering on the edge of international breakout. In recent years a number of live and radio recordings by Badfinger have surfaced in response to the still-high demand for the music of one of Wales' most popular and sorely missed groups.

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