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Swansea:
 

  Swansea City View  |  Townhill District  |  Pete's "Keyhole Street"  |  Gors Youth Schools
  Townhill School  |  Ron Griffiths' Home  |  Mike Gibbins' Home  |  Ivey Place

Liverpool:

  Joey's Liverpool  |  Tommy Evans Home  | 

Golders Green area:

  7 Park Avenue  |  Sunshine Cottage  |  Clock Tower  | 

Clearwell Castle:

  Clearwell Castle

Caribou Ranch:

  Caribou Ranch Recording Studio

The Beatles:

  Beatles (Badƒinger) ~ Liverpool, London, Hamburg & NYC


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FAQ about Google Earth
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Google Earth streams the world over wired and wireless networks enabling users to virtually go anywhere on the planet and see places in photographic detail. This is not like any map you have ever seen. This is a 3D model of the real world, based on real satellite images combined with maps, guides to restaurants, hotels, entertainment, businesses and more. You can zoom from space to street level instantly and then pan or jump from place to place, city to city, even country to country.

Important:
Below are some interesting points of interest for you to explore in your Badƒinger Google Earth virtual tour.
Click on "Load KMZ" if you wish to fly to these places in Google Earth.
You must have Google Earth installed in order to be able to load these KMZ files.
Be sure to "zoom" in and also try the "tilt" feature. Send me any more Badƒinger points of interest that you have found and I will list them - Have fun!

Google Earth Easter Egg: A Flight Simulator!
How to use this feature: Make sure you have Google Earth 4.2 (or later). To enter the flight simulator mode, press Ctrl + Alt + A (Command + Option + A on the Mac). Once you have entered flight simulator mode for the first time, you can re-enter the mode by choosing Tools > Enter Flight Simulator. You should see a dialog box that lets you choose one of the two aircrafts (F16 "Viper" and SR22) and an airport or to start from your current view.

Use your mouse or a joystick (or your keyboard arrow keys - if you are very steady) to guide your plane. View and download the [ Flight Control PDF ] for the full Flight Simulator Keyboard Controls.

Now load up Google Earth. Go to the Swansea KMZ listed below, or any of the listings and get ready to "feel like your flying..."


• Swansea •
Latitude = 5137'19.98"N
Longitude = 356'14.66"W


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Seaport city and birthplace of: Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Ron Griffiths and so many more individuals who are interwoven into the Iveys & Badƒinger story.

Sea Scout: Mike Gibbins

Photo: mikegibbins.com

Swansea ~ City View

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Townhill District •
Latitude = 5137'49.78"N
Longitude = 358'6.81"W


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Boyhood homes of: Pete Ham, David Franklin, Roy Anderson, John Horrel, Dai & Alwyne Jenkins. This is also where the formation of The Panthers, The Black Velvets, The Wild Ones and The Iveys took place. Band practice usually took place in a parent's kitchen or garage.

The Panthers

Photo: DJ Photography

Swansea Townhill District ~ Overview

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Gwent Gardens •
Latitude = 5137'55.75"N
Longitude = 358'12.13"W


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Pete Ham's childhood home. Later loosely referenced in Pete's song "Keyhole Street". Alwyn Jackson also lived on this street with Pete.

View at Street Level

Photo: Roy Anderson

Pete's "Keyhole Street" ~ Gwent Gardens, Townhill

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Gors "Youth" Schools •
Latitude = 5137'54.65"N
Longitude = 358'47.06"W


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This is where Pete, Roy Anderson, John Horrel, and Alwyn Jackson all went to school. And where one day, Pete had his little finger smashed in a gate, (no longer there). The small marker on the map shows the location of where the gate once stood.

View at Street Level

Photo: Alwyn Jackson

Gors Junior (left) and Gors Infant Schools (right) ~ Swansea

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Townhill School •
Latitude = 5137'37.82"N
Longitude = 357'45.11"W


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This is where Pete's musical passions really took off. Located in the school also is the Townhill Youth Club once run by club leader, Brian Coffey. Brian really helped the fledgling group out in so many ways.

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Photo: Roy Anderson

Townhill School and Youth Club ~ Swansea

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• 21 Heol Frank •
Latitude = 5138'45.75"N
Longitude = 357'38.74"W


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Ron Griffiths' childhood home. Ron was asked to join the band, (The Wild Ones) by Pete Ham and Alwyne Jenkins in early 1964.

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Photo: Keith James

Ron Griffiths' Childhood Home

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• 628 Middle Road •
Latitude = 5138'46.14"N
Longitude = 358'42.01"W


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Ron Griffiths, on the back of his father's 'mod' Lambretta, asked Mike if he would join The Iveys. Mike was with a group called The Misfits at the time. Mike agreed to an audition and the band started moving up the pecking order with Swansea's booking agencies.

View at Street Level

Photo: Keith James

Mike Gibbins' Childhood Home

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Joey's Liverpool •
Latitude = 5323'38.95"N
Longitude = 256'4.56"W


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• Joey's Childhood Home #1 •
64 Tunnel Rd, Edge Hill
(Location only) No longer standing
Latitude = 5324'4.64"N
Longitude = 256'56.28"W


• Joey's Childhood Home #2 •
38 Langdale Rd, Liverpool
(Location only) Newer "Flats" housing constructed
Latitude = 5323'30.16"N
Longitude = 255'40.75"W

Langdale Road 1962

Photo: Used with permission
Badfinger and Beyond - The Biography of Joey Molland
~ Cottage Views 2011 ~

Joey's Liverpool & Childhood Homes

Found by: Rick Kellogg

Joey comments (Langdale Road): We moved there when I was five.
It's flats now. I went inside last time I was there. It was cool but weird.
One of the Merseybeats lives up the street and Penny Lane is just
a few streets away!

 

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• Ivey Place •
Latitude = 5137'29.82"N
Longitude = 356'28.46"W


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If you traveled to Swansea by rail, Ivey Place would be the first Badƒinger location you would see as it is directly opposite the train station. Whilst driving home after a gig, the Wild Ones bassist, Ron Griffiths spotted the sign and suggested it as a name for the band. The Grand Hotel is the only building therein. Tom, Joey and Bob stayed here during the Man/Badƒinger British tour of 1974.
--Keith James

Ivey Place ~ Swansea

Found by: Neil Fowkes

View at Street Level

Photo: Neil Fowkes

Ivey Place where the council put up a new sign for us. The photo, (to the left) is of the coach party who went around Swansea after the 2006 Badƒinger Convention.
--Neil Fowkes

 

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• 7 Park Avenue •
Latitude = 5134'10.05"N
Longitude = 011'15.37"W


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This was the rented home of Bill Collins. Home of the Mojos, then the Iveys and eventually Badƒinger. Many of the early songs were written here - most first recorded on a 2 head Revox tape machine.

View at Street Level

Photo: Liz Powner

7 Park Avenue ~ Golders Green

Found by: Neil Fowkes
 

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• 18 Coleridge Walk •
Latitude = 5135'12.86"N
Longitude = 011'43.13"W


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"I remember driving up to the front in a cab, (and, y'know, pretty excited) and seeing it all inside and out. It was relatively narrow, and a straight shot thru from the front entrance thru the living room, then the dining room, (the kitchen is to the left) then out the back door to the garden."
--Cary Caldwell

Wednesday, 10 May 1972

Photo: Kathie Wiggins (Molland)
Used with permission
Copyright Cary Caldwell

Joey & Kathie - Sunshine Cottage 1972
Hampstead Garden Suburb

Found by: Rick Kellogg
Pinpointed by: Kathie Molland & Cary Caldwell

"Walking down the street toward the end it was on the right, #18. (In this photo - on the top). We had the extra top floor extension where Joey recorded - the guest room. Ha Ha."
--Kathie Molland

 

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• Clock Tower •
Latitude = 5134'17.54"N
Longitude = 011'43.01"W


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The clock tower on the roundabout adjacent Golders Green tube station. Pete makes mention of the structure in his song Weep Baby. "There's an old clock tower, where you count every hour."
--Keith James

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Photo: Keith James

Clock Tower ~ Golders Green

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Clearwell Castle •
Latitude = 5145'58.37"N
Longitude = 237'27.93"W


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Badƒinger lived at the 7 Park Avenue residence in Golders Green for several years. In the spring of 1971 the band rented Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean and lived in and recorded at the residence. The band lived here for about six months.
--Brian Fagano

View at Street Level

From: Clearwell Castle website

Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire

Found by: Rick Kellogg
 

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• Caribou Ranch •
Latitude = 3959'49.94"N
Longitude = 10530'51.50"W


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In 1971, music producer, James Guercio, purchased the ranch and converted a barn into a recording studio, attracting Chicago, Elton John, Rod Stewart and others. The studio complex was shut down and never used again after a March 1985 fire destroyed the control room.

Front View

Caribou Ranch Recording Studio ~ Colorado

Found by: Pat Casey

Following the group's last American tour, Badƒinger recorded Wish You Were Here at the Caribou Ranch recording studio in Colorado in mid-April, 1974.

 

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The Beatles & Badƒinger
Dozens of locations

• The Beatles •
All 4 Locations


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Badƒinger at the Cavern

Beatles ~ Liverpool, London, Hamburg & NYC

Liverpool      ~      London
Created by: Gabor Peterdi (Hungary)

Once the KMZ file has loaded into Google Earth

  • In "Places" - Expand: the_beatles.kmz
  • Then click on: BEATLES PLACES - by Gabor Peterdi (Hungary)
  • Click on any one of the 4 cities listed to begin the tour.
 

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Kudos to Keith James

This page is dedicated to all the work that Keith James has done to catalog and present the 'places of interest' for Badƒinger and Iveys fans in his many published works. I was inspired by all the photos he presented in The Iveys File: Where Do We Go From Here?, The Iveys Swansea, The Townhill Boy, and The Iveys London.

With Keith's blessing to continue on what he started and the 'free' Google Earth software, we have a very 'cool' new way to view some of those 'places of interest!'

Thanks Keith!

Keith James' Chinese Whispers CD cover photo. Copyright 2000

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