21/7/14 – Badfinger – Baby Blue – 1972

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BadfingerOne of the things I love about Badfinger (apart from everything) is that however catchy and tuneful they were, they were also gutsy and you can hear that in their song Baby Blue (produced by Todd Rundgren). Baby Blue written by Pete Ham is on the classic album Straight Up released in late i971.

Interestingly in this clip Mike Gibbins has been replaced by Rob Stawinski on the drums. Stawinski was brought in to replace Gibbins for the 1972 tour as the band was falling apart. (Stawinski by the way was the drummer in American band Sky that included one Doug Fieger who went on to form The Knack).

By 1975 singer/guitarist Pete Ham had committed suicide and in 1983 singer/bass player Tom Evans did the same. Badfinger are one of the great tragedies of R’n’R, drummer Mike Gibbins passed away in 2005.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badfinger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Blue_(Badfinger_song)

http://www.badfingerlibrary.com/Badfinger/BadfingerinConcert/StawinskiInterview2004.htm

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One Response to “21/7/14 – Badfinger – Baby Blue – 1972”

  1. alienskinmusic July 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Agreed, what’s there to love about Badfinger? Everything!

    You probably have read the 1999 biography ‘Without You the tragic story of Badfinger’ a thoroughly insightful book.

    Throughout the late 70s I became obsessed with band and tried to find all their LPs which was hard to do in Melbourne. My most prized LP is ‘Straight Up’ as I struggled for 3 years to find a copy; continuously looking through record shops and inquiring every time I went shopping. It was my holy grail, and alas, after this long suffered despondent period I came across a little record shop in Carlton, Victoria (as you’d know Marty), the guy said “I think I just may have a copy out the back”. I was beside myself with anticipation, though trying to be cautious as I didn’t wish to be let down. BUT, there it was…..a new LP copy of STRAIGHT UP with that iconic photo at the front. I’ve never had to search so hard for so long to find a copy of anything as much as this album, it’s my prized possession.

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