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

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Interestingly in this clip Mike Gibbins has been replaced by Rob Stawinski on the drums.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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53QAuOoSgc