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TOM EVANS (Badfinger) - In Memoriam

TOM EVANS (Badfinger)

In Memoriam (19.11.1983. – 19.11.2007.)

Tom Evans (born Thomas Evans, 5 June 1947, Liverpool, England — died 19 November 1983), was a musician who was most notable for his work with the power pop band, Badfinger.

Originally an all-Welsh group, they played the legendary Cavern in the mid-'60s with a line-up comprising Pete Ham (b. 27 April 1947, d. 23 April 1975; vocals), Mike Gibbons (b. 1949; drums), David Jenkins (guitar) and Ron Griffiths (bass) using the name the Iveys.

Not surprisingly for a group who had taken their name in imitation of the Hollies, they were vocally tight and very melodic. During 1967, they became backing group to operatic pop singer David Garrick before leaving him to try their luck on the Beatles' enterprising new label Apple. By this time, Jenkins had been replaced by Liverpudlian Tom Evans, who wrote their debut for the label, "Maybe Tomorrow," produced by Tony Visconti.

The single passed unnoticed, so the group decided to bury the Iveys and re-invent themselves as Badfinger. By the time their next record was completed their original bassist left and was replaced by Joey Molland.

The new line-up enjoyed an immediate hit on both sides of the Atlantic with "Come And Get It," written by their label boss Paul McCartney. In order to increase their public profile, the group were invited to contribute to the soundtrack of the movie The Magic Christian,

which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. The Beatles patronage, which the press were quick to latch on to, was reinforced by the group's sound, which had strong traces of the Fab Four influence, particularly on the vocals. "No Matter What," another transatlantic Top 10 hit, compounded the Beatles comparisons, though it was a fine pop record in its own right. By the beginning of the '70s, Badfinger were something of an Apple houseband and even appeared on three solo Beatle recordings (ALL THINGS MUST PASS, "It Don't Come Easy" and IMAGINE) as well as appearing at George Harrison's Bangla Desh benefit concert.

The obvious songwriting talent that existed in the group was not fully revealed until 1972 when Nilsson enjoyed a huge transatlantic chart topper with the Ham/Evans' ballad, "Without You." From that point onwards, however, the group failed to exploit their potential to the fullest. By the time of their final Apple recording ASS,

Molland was writing over half of their songs, but he chose to leave soon after, clearly weary of the financial and business wranglings that were now dominating proceedings. Worse was to follow the next year when Pete Ham took his own life, after a long period of personal and professional worries. At that point the band split. Nearly four years later, Joey Molland and Tom Evans reformed the group, changing the subsidiary members frequently over the next few years. Commercial success proved elusive and in November 1983, history repeated itself in the most bizarre scenario possible when Tom Evans committed suicide at his Surrey home. Like Pete Ham he had been suffering from depression and financial worries. The Badfinger story is uniquely tragic and among its greater ironies is the now morbid chorus of the song with which Pete Ham and Tom Evans are best associated: ‘I can't live, I can't live anymore’ ("Without You").


1970 - No Dice

1971 - Straight Up

1974 - Badfinger

1974 - Wish You Were Here

1978 - Love On The Rebound

1979 - Airwaves

1981 - Say No More

1990 - Day After Day

1993 - Over You

1996 - The Best of Badfinger Featuring Joey Molland

1997 - BBC in Concert 1972-3

2000 - Head First


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