The group from Wales turned out to be greatly popular, and followed by tragedy too. The group formed from another group called The Iveys in the 1960s; Bandfinger was created in 1968 by Pete Ham.
Pete was a songwriter, singer and played the guitar too. His first group dates back to 1961, but it was with the group Badfinger that he made his biggest impact. From the album The Magic Christian Music, which featured in the film called The Magic Christian. From that album came the song
Come And Get It which was actually written by Paul McCartney.
Needless to say it was on The Beatles Apple label.
Come And Get It opened up the film and was a million seller single. The film also featured other Badfinger (The Iveys) songs, including Rock Of All Ages and Carry On Till Tomorrow. The film starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. The song made the UK top ten.
No Matter What the next hit was written by the group and got to No. 5 in the UK. Peter wrote and sung this song. The song caused DJ's a lot of trouble as it had a false ending. Guaranteed to give the radio audiences a laugh when they DJ gets it wrong. The record
company was not
that happy to release it, but luckily for the group they did. The song came
from the album No Dice which also had Without You on it. No Dice means not
It was Tom Evans the band member that gave the album that name. Tom committed suicide in 1983 after arguments and court cases about the world royalties to the Without You song. He was already
depressed fighting several cases. He also had in the back of his mind an
argument ongoing with band member Mike Gibbins and the suicide eight years
earlier of Pete Ham.