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Keith James • TEN • N-E-W Publications for 2016! • Stacks of previously unseen Badƒinger paraphernalia and memorabilia!!

Timeless - four x 24 paged issues containing rare, previously unseen paraphernalia on The Iveys and Badƒinger (adverts, correspondence, lyric sheets, photos, etc).

Timeless Issues #5-8 1 July 2016 - four issues containing even more rare, previously unseen paraphernalia on The Iveys and Badƒinger (adverts, correspondence, lyric sheets, photos, etc).

Articles - a 20 page publication with the most interesting articles on Badƒinger from the British and American press.

Reviews - a 12 page publication featuring reviews of Badƒinger albums from British and American press.

For prices (issues cost and shipping) please email Keith James (below)

  Email: Keith James  


Keith James ~ • A Celebration of Ron Llewelyn Griffiths • New Special Publications!!

Ron Llewelyn Griffiths Vol 1 - a 20 page scrapbook illuminating the story of an original Ivey.

  • Better Plan Tommorow - a list of all the bands Ron played for from 1961 to 1995 with line ups and anecdotes.
  • Its time to Make a Start - Stories of the instrumental songs performed by The Jaguars while Ron was with them.
  • The Right Style - stories of the vocal songs performed by the Jaguars when the beat boom arrived.

Ron Llewelyn Griffiths Vol 2 - the second compilation (20 pages) Illustrated with new photos.

  • Your Heart is in Your Home - facts and stories behind every home Ron has had to date.
  • Listen to my Song - Ron gives exclusive and fresh facts on the songs he recorded with The Iveys.
  • What it's all about - Ron gives his impressions on the many artists he worked with.

BONUS - The Iveys Files Anthology (20 pages).

  • The best pages from the original and now out-of-print four issue set.

For prices (issues cost and shipping) please email Keith James (below)

  Email: Keith James  


• William Frank (Billy) Davis ~ Obituary •

Billy Davis has left us for his next great adventure. With a gentle soul and kind heart, he courageously maintained his positive take on life while fighting a brain tumor that first deprived him of his musical ability, and then, his life. Because of his wit, charm, and love for those around him, Billy developed many deep and long lasting friendships while growing up in Castle Creek, NY and that continued during the years he lived in Binghamton, California, Chicago, and Nashville. His definition of family extended from those who shared his DNA, to those who shared his love of music and life. Billy loved music and often said it was his saving grace. Music brought him joy, a sense of belonging, and a way to connect with people.

As a young man coming to age in the seventies, Billy's musical talents became clear to all who would listen. During this time he began writing songs, playing guitar and singing in high school, while also becoming a co-founding member of the Binghamton based rock band ACTS. He moved to the world stage as guitarist and singer for Foghat, The Outlaws, and for the last fifteen years with the legendary English band, Badƒinger.

His other interests included restoring old cars, collecting antiques, and guitars. Anyone visiting his home in Nashville was treated to a museum of days gone by, which included a very large collection of shiny old toasters sitting comfortably in an old armoire in his living room. Billy Davis was the pure definition of a Renaissance Man. Billy was predeceased in death by his parents William Davis and Marion Sturges Lutz and brother, Thomas Davis. He is survived by his brother Richard Davis and his wife Rosalind, former spouse Beverly, sister Marion Lutz, step-brother Richard Lutz, step-sister Donna Povero, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The world just lost one of the most sincere people one could ever hope to meet. To say that Billy will be missed is an understatement, but he will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched. In Billy's own words "See ya!"

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 3-5pm and on Monday, March 16 from 10-12 noon with a funeral service at 12 noon at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St, Port Dickinson NY. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. An additional memorial service for friends of Billy Davis will be held in Old Hickory, TN on Saturday March 21st in the Chapel facility at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Hermitage Memorial Gardens is located at 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN.

  Online Obituary Guestbook for Billy Davis  


Keith James ~ • NEW • NEW • NEW • Two New Badƒinger Publications!!

Two brand new Badƒinger publications from the ever-flowing pen of Keith James! Both publications are 20 pages big and are A4 sized!

Kings in their Castle - tells the illustrated story of the lads time living and writing at Clearwell Castle: June through December 1971.

Je t' adore - is a shameless celebration of Badƒinger's music and features over a hundred stories and opinions about the band from artists from the 60s through to the current day.

For prices (issues cost and shipping) please email Keith James (below)

  Email: Keith James  


Pete Ham Plaque Unveiling & Tribute Concert ~ Story by Janet Sears!

When I heard that there was to be a weekend of celebrations for Pete Ham in Swansea, Wales I felt really thrilled. Long overdue, I thought! There would be a Blue Plaque ceremony, followed by a concert to be arranged by Bob Jackson, on 27 April 2013, which would have been Pete's 66th birthday. This would, incidentally, be the first Blue Plaque to be awarded in Swansea, and it just felt so fantastic that it would be to commemorate the Iveys and Badƒinger.

The music began at about 10:30 AM with various people, including Keith James, Mal Pope, Al Wodtke, James Skinner and Loraine King, singing Badƒinger songs. There was a brilliant feeling in the air. I found myself jigging about to the music, and was also able to wander around to chat to people such as Bob Jackson, Ron Griffiths, Al Wodtke and many others.

Towards the end, Swansea council member Nick Bradley spoke about how proud the town was of Pete. Tributes were received from many people, including one from Olivia Harrison who sent a message saying that George often spoke about Pete with fondness and respect...

  Jan's Full Story & Photos Here!  


Keith James ~ • NEW • NEW • NEW • Four New Badƒinger Publications!!

Keith James has been very busy and really digging up some fantastic stories, interviews and photos of some of the less reported information about the Iveys and Badƒinger! Check all four of these excellent publications out!

The Scottish Gigs - a 12 page scrapbook illustrating the story of Badƒinger's 1970 January mini-tour north of the Border.

Follow me Round - a 24 page special updating recent Keith James publications "8th of July, 1966", "Those Precious Times", "Wander on Down the Road" and "The Calderstones Liverpool Gigs". Lots and lots and lots of new info and stories that came too late to be included in the initial publications. 21,500 words, that's bigger than a book! I'd say its pigging fantastic, but modesty forbids...

Blodwyn - the second compilation (24 pages) updating some of the best of Keith James' previous works. Articles include "Watering The Iveys - stories and facts of the pubs The Iveys frequented", "The Complete(ish) list of Without You cover versions", "The Rare Iveys Songs", "Ron's Blues - the tale of the bassman's almost fatal illness", "Bob's Badƒinger Boogie - a dip into Bob Jackson's personal diaries", plus lots more, including some long lost articles from the earliest editions of "The Badfinger File".

Is That What They Say? - For those who want more information on The Gene Pitney/Iveys tour, here is an 8 page mini-publication which reproduces British newspapers articles regarding the tour. (Please note that whilst all the cuttings are about The Pitney tour, not all of them mention The Iveys.)

(All profits on this publication go to the Rajahmundry Indian appeal)

For prices (issues cost and shipping) please email Keith James (below)

  Email: Keith James  


• RELEASED! 'Keyhole Street: Demos 1966-67' from Pete Ham •

The Pete Ham estate has released a Limited Edition track double CD set Keyhole Street: Demos 1966-67 to coincide with a Blue Plaque Ceremony and Tribute concert to Pete Ham / Iveys / Badƒinger taking place this year on his birthdate, April 27, 2013, in Pete's hometown of Swansea in Wales. The following day a memorial stone will be unveiled at the Morriston Cemetary, which is where Pete's ashes had been spread. Go to for more info on all events.

At the age of 19 and 20, Pete had recorded all of this set of demos at the band's London home. Recorded on a two-track Sound-On-Sound machine - of which you could bounce back and forth to layer parts - you hear in this 50 track collection, elements of classic balladry, Pink-Floydian psychedelia, rock-n-roll tributes, R&B, Beach Boys type harmonies, interesting instrumentals, music hall stereotypes, an Elvis tribute, blues, humorous lyrical content, Beatle-ish tracks, and a horror film soundtrack.

There were only one thousand CDs made and this package may never be generated anywhere again. Their value will only go up. It is entirely possible some of the tracks may be re-packaged by a company later on, so this could be one's only opportunity to get ALL of these songs on CD. It is a tremendous Anthology of Pete Ham over a 15 month period. About five other tracks were held back. At least ten to a dozen others were on a long-ago lost reel. Not likely to turn up, unfortunately. - Dan Matovina

Keyhole Street: Demos 1966-67 is a 1,000 run limited edition CD and it is sold out!

  Email: Dan Matovina for more information  

  For more info on all events: www.peteham.net  

  Badƒinger Solo Discography ~ Pete Ham Updates!!  


Keith James ~ 'Shine On' Brand New Badƒinger Publication!

"Shine On" plus Free CD and more...

  • Pete's Record Collection
  • The Iveys days with David Garrick
  • The Story of Them Calderstones
  • Pete's 21st Birthday Party
  • We can't all be Composers
  • Tommy's Days at YIM
  • Badƒinger's First Fan Club
  • Don't Believe a Word ~ Setting the Badƒinger Record Straight
  • The Happening
  • 131 Facts about Badƒinger You have Never Read or Heard before ~ probably!
  • Pete's Heroes
  • Joey ~ a Review of the Solo Years
  • RIP Mush
  • The Charing Cross Sessions
  • Biting into a Bad Apple
  • Just These Lines
  • Hogging The Iveys Studio
  • Up Keyhole Street
  • Dear Father
  • Take my Spoon

A 44-page document containing the best of articles from his previous publications, "The Badƒinger File", "Matted Spam", "Better Days" and "The Iveys File" most of which have been updated. Read for the first time the complete history of Them Calderstones from 1962 through to Tommy's departure in 1967, containing new information never before seen.

Free with this new set is an exclusive CD containing The Iveys recording "2 Day's Monday" from 1966 and Tommy's Calderstones rare demo single "What are You Going to do About it?" also from 1966.

Also Free, a souvenir "8-page booklet 8th July, 1966" celebrating The Iveys first professional gig at The Seven Club, Shrewsbury.

For prices (issues cost and shipping) please email Keith James (below)

  Email: Keith James  


View in PDF format:      Shine On ~ Read the complete details      


New Book! ~ 'Badƒinger and Beyond' by Michael A. Cimino

Michael A. Cimino announced the release of his latest book, Badƒinger and Beyond - The Biography of Joey Molland, the long awaited story of one of Rock and Roll's true underdogs.

Joey Molland is best known as the guitarist and songwriter for the hit making British group Badƒinger. Badƒinger were signed to The Beatles' Apple Records in the late sixties and by the early seventies they had scored a string of top ten hits including Come And Get It, No Matter What, Day After Day, and Baby Blue.

During their tenure under The Beatles corporate umbrella, the members of Badƒinger also wrote the standard Without You, which was a #1 gold record for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. As protégés to The Beatles, Badƒinger became the best selling act on Apple other than The Beatles themselves.

"Badƒinger were the musical heroes of Apple because they were the one Apple group that really made it," says Richard DiLello, author of The Longest Cocktail Party - An Insiders Diary of The Beatles. "Badƒinger were nurtured to some degree by Apple, they grew as musicians, and then for a short time they made it big - very big."

Badƒinger and Beyond is not only the rags to riches - and back again - story of Joey Molland, but it is also a revealing testament of a generation of musicians who forever changed the look, sound, and attitudes of youth. Taken entirely from interviews conducted by the author, Badƒinger and Beyond tells the story of life, death, and rip-offs on the Rock and Roll road. Joey Molland stands as the sole survivor of the original Badƒinger band.

Badƒinger and Beyond are published through Mr. Cimino's company Cottage Views and are available immediately from his website or through Amazon.com.

  Badƒinger and Beyond on Amazon.com  

  Visit www.CottageViews.com/badfinger for more information  


"Official" Badƒinger Web Site Launched!!!

Badƒinger Website Launch ~ FRI MARCH 25th at 9pm EST

Joey Molland, one of the original members of the classic rock group, Badƒinger is launching a new "Original Badƒinger" website to pay tribute to the "classic lineup" of the power pop pioneer band. It will be a centralized place for updated and accurate tour information, articles, and history about the band. He is also adding an "Ask Joey" section, where fans can ask questions about almost "anything Badƒinger". Other website sections are: Badƒinger History - Band Bios - With the Beatles - Lyrics - Badƒinger Today - Images - Video - Store. There will be quite a few updates coming in the near future.

The website URL is [ www.badfingersite.com ], and was designed by Will Ross and Paul Davie of Linchpin SEO based in Chicago IL.

In tandem with the website, social media & music fans can also join the new "Original Badƒinger" Facebook fan page, as well as Joey's new Twitter page [ www.twitter.com/BadfingerJoey ] via direct links on the website.

The site will be officially launched FRIDAY, MARCH 25th at 9pm (EST), in conjunction with Joey's headlining appearance at The Fest For Beatles Fans, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel/Meadowlands in Secaucus, NJ USA. Other guests at the oldest Beatle fan convention in the world include Gary Wright (The Dream Weaver himself!) and Mark Hudson (long time Ringo Starr producer).

  Original Badƒinger           Joey on Twitter  


Joey Molland ~ Back at Fest for Beatle Fans ~ First Time in 24 Years!

We are excited to share with you all the details for our upcoming FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2011 - NEW YORK METRO. The Longest Running Beatles Celebration on Earth takes place Friday-Sunday, March 25-27! With a terrific lineup of Special Guests and other new events, we are sure our 37th Annual Celebration is going to be a fun filled and memorable weekend!!!

JOEY MOLLAND was the Guitarist for Badƒinger, the Beatles protégé band on Apple Records. To celebrate the remastered reissues of artists on Apple Records, Joey is joining us for the first time in 24 years. Badƒinger was the most successful of all the Apple artists and their classics hits are still heard on radio - from Come and Get It to No Matter What, Day After Day, Baby Blue and many others, their driving sound make them an instant sensation in the early 1970s. Joey will share stories of those days at Apple, both in and out of the recording studio. Joey performed with George at the Concert for Bangla Desh and with John on the Imagine album. Joey will be with us the entire weekend, speaking, signing autographs, and of course, playing a bunch of Badƒinger songs with Liverpool. It is a thrill to welcome back this rock legend.

  More Info: The Festival For Beatle Fans  


Apple Records Reissued!: MCM ~ No Dice ~ Straight Up ~ Ass ~ and more...

Apple Records Catalogue Remastered and Reissued on CD and Digital Download, Classics Set for Release on October 26th.

MAGIC CHRISTIAN MUSIC (1970) by Badƒinger
'Magic Christian Music' rejoices in sweet, colourful pop and prefigures the songwriting powerhouse that Badƒinger would become. Featuring the worldwide smash hit Come And Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, alongside two other songs created for the 1969 Peter Sellers / Ringo Starr movie 'The Magic Christian', based on the satirical novel by Terry Southern.

NO DICE (1970) by Badƒinger
The first album with guitarist Joey Molland, 'No Dice' is a watershed collection of power pop that bridges the band's commercial instincts with the classic, no-frills rock that became their trademark. Includes the Top 10 single, No Matter What, and the original version of the Ivor Novello and Grammy Award winning Without You, made famous by Harry Nilsson, and later Mariah Carey.

STRAIGHT UP (1972) by Badƒinger
Long considered to be the group's finest album, 'Straight Up' is a glorious collection of strong melodies, insightful lyrics and deep emotion. Produced in part by George Harrison and containing the U.S. hit, Baby Blue, plus the worldwide smash Day After Day featuring George and the group's Pete Ham joining forces on the superb synchronized slide guitar solo.

ASS (1974) by Badƒinger
Joey Molland assumes half the songwriting on this, the group's heaviest and most serious album. 'Ass' is solid gold Badƒinger, partly recorded at the then state-of-the-art Apple Studios at 3 Savile Row, London, and contains the group's valedictory Apple Of My Eye, written by Pete Ham.

...and many more!

  applerecords.com  

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The New single 'What Love Can Do' by OTYP with Joey Molland

Older Than your Parents off the "Greatest Hits" album

  • Guitar, Vocals Michael Rescigno
  • Guitar, vocals Joey Molland
  • Keys, Vocals Joe Vitale
  • Bass, Vocals Jim Manzo
  • Drums, vocals Jeff Hutchinson

  Raz - MySpace Page  


Two Great Solo Releases for your Enjoyment ~ Mark Healey and Billy Davis

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Order Mark's CDOrder Billy's CD

There are two 'Badƒinger' related solo CDs that you should really check out. Both Mark Healey and Billy Davis have been steady fixtures in Joey's Badƒinger lineup for many years. Both are extremely talented musicians and now, as you will hear, accomplished singer/songwriters too!

Tyler Griggs of VolumeOne Magazine comments: "Mark's new album, Inside Out, speaks to his classic rock roots with pop and modern rock flavor crystals written over the last few years and recorded at his Minneapolis and Durand studios, with members of Badƒinger as his backing band. [ VolumeOne ~ Mark Healey ]

From Mark's Bio Page: "With a careful selection of musicians and singers, including Badƒinger bandmate Joey Molland, Mark Healey draws inspiration and experience from a professional music career that spans decades as a member in the bands DEALER, EARGASM, BADFINGER and CROW, playing live and recording consistantly."

  Planet 9 Productions  

Mark HealeyBilly Davis

Click above for Mark's 'Planet 9 Productions' webpage with ordering information for his new CD, Inside Out. Mark has also posted sound samples of all of his songs on the CD.

Paris Landing is the solo project of long-time Badƒinger member Billy Davis. Davis, a former member of such notable rock groups as FOGHAT and THE OUTLAWS ventures out on his own to showcase his unique singer/songwriter talents.

  Billy Davis on CD Baby  

James (JJ Rocks) Johnston of St. Croix Music Magazine: "Hands down Billy Davis can sing any style that is requested of him. What ever musical situation that he finds himself in, he instantly becomes a master of his goals. Whether it's singing country rock with The Outlaws, 'balls to the wall' rock with Foghat, or a smooth pop style when performing with Badfinger he comes through like a gleaming ray of sunlight. And then there are his own great compositions on his solo project Paris Landing. [ St. Croix Music Magazine ~ Billy Davis ]

This CD is a very 'Americana' project that engulfs many influences from country, rock, pop, and incredibly beautiful ballads. His voice shines like a new penny and his compositions are second to none. And when you add some of the best studio musicians in Nashville to the equation you wind up with an album of music that will have you adding Paris Landing to your favorites list."

'King of Kings' Joe's Christmas Song on Video!

Words and music: Tim Schools and Joey Molland

From the CD, "Garage Band Christmas Vol. 2" available from:
Amazon US and Amazon UK

Musicians - Joey Molland • Doug Molland • Randy Anderson • Tom Lecher • Bob Millia • Harry Pulver Jr. • Tim Schools.

  Joe's 'King of Kings' on YouTube  




'Soulless Bastard' Stan Polley is Dead - July 20, 2009

Social Security Death Index Listing


Petera (Ham) Marries Raymond Eddie ~ 6 August 2009

Original notice posted on Brando's Badƒinger

I had the most incredible opportunity to photograph a wedding of a daughter of one of the earliest purveyors of the power pop genre, Pete Ham.

Petera and Raymond traveled with their family of 19 people to New York City from Scotland to have a wedding ceremony in the Big Apple. Here are some of my favorite photos from last night.

The taxi is the original car from the movie When Harry Met Sally and 14 other blockbuster hits. --Greg Khitrov

  Wedding Slideshow/Video  

CONGRATULATIONS Petera & Raymond Eddie!!!

[Photography by: Greg Khitrov - Used with permission]


Natural Gas Released on CD - At Last!!!

The 1976 collaboration between Joey Molland, Jerry Shirley, Peter Wood and Mark Clarke produced just one album release, the self-titled Natural Gas. Produced by Felix Pappalardi, the band released several singles and did a major promotional tour opening for the Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive tour of the same year. Jay Allen Sanford comments from his Can't Keep A Good Badfinger Down "...after the band fell apart. Mike Gibbins moved back to Wales while Molland formed Blue Goose, then Natural Gas (I saw Natural Gas backing up Frampton on the Comes Alive tour - one of the only times I ever saw an opening band so thoroughly blow away the headliner!)."

This new, (June 2009) CD release also includes a rehersal and two demos that have long been coveted by traders. The tracks include:

  1. Little Darlin'
  2. Once Again, A Love Song
  3. You Can Do It
  4. I've Been Waitin'

  5. I Believe It's Love
  6. The Right Time
  7. Christmas Song
  8. Miracle Mile
  9. Dark Cloud
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Christmas Song [Rehearsal]
  12. Little Darlin' [demo]
  13. Christmas Song [demo]

  Natural Gas on Renaissance Records  


Kathie Molland Passed Away in her Sleep March 24th

From Joe Molland:
Hi all,
For those who haven't heard, I have to let you know that Kathie passed away early on Tuesday morning in her sleep. The funeral arrangements are being finalized tomorrow and a memorial service is planned for Saturday afternoon (28 March 2009). Details can be found in todays Minneapolis Star Tribune and on the Tribune's web site. This is obviously a very stressful time for our family but please be assured your prayers and wishes are a great comfort to us.
Thank you and God Bless You all.
God Bless Kathie Molland. --Joey


Minneapolis Star Tribune: Katherine Lee "Kathie" Molland

Molland, Katherine Lee "Kathie" Beloved wife of 37 years and mother. Born January 9, 1947, passed away March 24, 2009. Survived by sons, Joseph III and Shaun Michael; husband, Joe; and many, many friends and family. Born and raised in Hopkins, MN, Kathie grew to be a beautiful and talented Minnesota girl; she played piano, drums - percussion, sang in the school choir and played in the school band. She was a Hopkins Raspberry Princess in her Senior year and went on to write songs together with her husband. She was a successful model and was featured as the Hilex Genie in their 70's TV ads. Kathie met her husband in 1970 and they were married 2 years later in London where they lived for 5 years and worked together writing music. In 1979 she gave birth to their first son Joseph III and 18 months later bore their second son, Shaun Michael. The family moved back to MN in 1983 and from then until now they lived in Shorewood, MN. Kathie did everything out of love; she touched the hearts of everyone she met and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family encourages friends to send flowers. God bless Kathie Molland. A memorial gathering will be held 1-3 PM Saturday, March 28 at: Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins 952 938-9020


From Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch newsletter dated March 26, 2009

In Sincere Sympathy
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 was a sad day in the life of rock star Joey Molland. His beautiful wife of many years, Kathie, passed away in her sleep. We send condolences to Joey and his sons, Shaun and Joe and wish them peace, love and happiness in the days ahead of them. All Beatle Brunch Club fans who were looking forward to a chat with Joey on Monday, March 30th at 7:30 PM EST will be invited on-line to talk about Joey and his illustrious life in Badƒinger as well as all the cool current things he's doing today in the music business. As Beatle Brunch receives more information we will keep you posted. God bless you Kathie Molland...you'll be sorely missed.

  Online Obituary Guestbook for Kathie Molland  


C o m e   A n d   G e t   I t   - First  26  Takes Released on a Bootleg!!!
Beatles Unreleased on Disc 1 ~ Paul McCartney with The Iveys on Disc 2

Thanks to Paul Davie for first pointing this out on Barb's Badƒinger Boogie message board - Barb comments: "( Revolution #1 )...this unreleased Beatles' track is from a new Beatles' bootleg called Revolution take... your knickers off! The 2nd disc of this collection is The Iveys/Badƒinger with various takes of No Escaping Your Love and Come And Get It."

Disc 1 ~ The Beatles' rehearsals and session takes

  • Track 1. Revolution #1 - This is the "lost" long version of Revolution #1 from the "White Album"
  • Track 2. Revolution (Single version, no piano)
  • Track 3. Across The Universe (Alternate mix take 8)
  • Track 4. Dear Prudence
  • Track 5. Julia (Instrumental take 1+2)
  • Track 6. Julia (Take 2)
  • Track 7. Julia (Take 2, second try)
  • Tracks 8-15 - Step Inside Love (with Cilla Black)

Disc 2 ~ Paul McCartney and The Iveys' rehearsals and session takes

  • Tracks 1-21 - Come And Get It ~ Paul McCartney with The Iveys
  • Tracks 22-31 - No Escaping Your Love ~ The Iveys

Of extra special interest for Badƒinger fans is what is on Disc 2. Come And Get It Take 1 through Take 26 features Paul McCartney, Ron Griffiths, Tom Evans, Pete Ham and Mike Gibbins. Paul does the "scratch" vocals on the first few takes. Take 3 through 20 has everyone working out the speed and tempo of the song with lots of comments from Paul about the direction of the song. Take 21 is very interesting because Ron Griffiths takes the lead vocal, still a bit shaky with his delivery. At this takes end, Paul is heard saying "We'll let you know Ron, who's better." Take 26, the last take for Come And Get It on this disc is not the final released version of the song, so more takes were done, but are not presented here.

No Escaping Your Love showcases the progression of this song from the beginning, Take 1 through the final "master" recording of the song on Take 11.

  BigO Audio Archive ~ Revolution take... your knickers off!  


No One Waved Goodbye - Tribute Song from Pat Casey

A good friend of mine and contributer to this website, Pat Casey has posted on his MySpace page a tribute song for Pete Ham. Pat shared this song with me several years ago and now it has been updated, "re-recorded with new gear". It along with a few other songs are now available for you to listen and enjoy. Here is what Pat has to say about his tribute.

"I started writing the tune back in Syracuse, NY years ago before I moved to Denver and never finished it because I never had any lyrics or a title for it. Once I read Dan Matovina's book, I came across a quote from Richard DiLello who said in a speech he gave at a 1976 Beatles convention, that people were too busy stuffing their own pockets to ask Pete how he felt about what was going on. Everyone looked the other way... We can add one more victim to the list of 'No one waved goodbye'."

"It hit me like a ton of bricks. that's it! That's the title I need. I finished it from there. It's amazing where inspiration comes from sometimes. I wasn't even thinking about the song at the time, it just hit me
- No One Waved Goodbye - what a great title!"

--Pat Casey

  Pat Casey: No One Waved Goodbye  

  Pat Casey: 2001 Colored pencil drawing of Pete  


British Badƒinger Fans Gathering - Report by Keith James

This is the first Badƒinger fans meet-up since the Badƒinger Convention of 2006. We had made various plans to meet as friends after the Convention, but somehow it never materialised. In the Summer of 2008, I make the decision to pencil-in a date in Liverpool at the tail-end of August and sent out various emails, letters and text-messages informing people that we’d be meeting for the day. Around twenty five people showed an interest, but only thirteen were available for the day.

Ruth and I are the first to arrive along with Cynthia Harding from Stoke who has travelled with us. Cynthia has been a Badƒinger fan since the very beginning and soon her two mates, Shirley Halstead and Hilary Hudson from Yorkshire, are also consuming coffee and chatting. Shirley and Hilary have been fans of the lads since the days of The Iveys, and their names are actually mentioned in some of the earliest Newsletters of the Badƒinger Fan Club. Laurence Haynes arrives from sunny Swansea and then the only non-British attendee, Bo Lindvall from Sweden, but living in Germany. Then Tez and Maxine, accompanied by Lee and Kaz arrive from Staffordshire. The last to come is Paul and Bernie Almond who have made the brief jaunt from Haydock.

  British Badƒinger Fans Gathering  


Letter from Bob Jackson and Marianne Evans about Pete Ham

On June 10th, I received a letter from Bob Jackson that also includes a letter from Marianne Evans addressing a concern over a recent report of purported events that lead up to the final hours the night of Pete Ham's suicide.

I have been asked by Bob to post both letters in their entirety, which I have done.
Click the link below to read both letters.

  Bob Jackson and Marianne Evans  


A Fan's Dream Encounter with Badƒinger (1972)

Story and  Exclusive  Photos by: Cary Caldwell, Patricia Webb McArthur and Kathie Wiggins (Molland)

...We could hardly wait! We figured we'd be too excited to remember questions we would like to ask, so the night before we wrote a few down to take with us. The time finally arrived, and with cameras and records in hand we rode blindly into the day toward a stop called Golders Green. We only had to wait a few moments, when we spotted two girls walking towards us, one of whom was Bev (Ellis). She greeted us and introduced us to Kathie (soon-to-be-Molland), an American girl with beautiful, long hair. She explained that Tommy and Mike both had prior commitments, and sent their regrets, and that rather than show us the sights of London, they had decided to give a party. We all got into a cab, stopped on the way for them to pick up some Mateaus Rose wine, and continued on to a street called Coleridge Walk. The taxi pulled up to a lovely house in this quiet suburb, and as we gathered our belongings together, Kathie said "Now, they're just regular people, don't be nervous". We all got out of the cab, and I immediately dropped one of my two cameras on the sidewalk, breaking it! (Did she say "Don't be nervous?") We followed them up the main walk and one of them opened the front door. Directly in front of us was a stairway, and at that very moment, Joey was bounding down the steps right toward us!! (My heart stopped again!). We were introduced.

  Cary's Encounter & Photos  


Darren English is Back! & Major Updates to the Badƒinger Discography Page(s)

If you haven't checked lately, there have been several major updates to the BWR – Badƒinger Discography pages! …and I’ve had ‘a little help from my friends!’ The best Badƒinger Discography listing on the web? - I believe so… Here is what is now available:

  • LP / CD / Reel to Reel / 8-Track / Cassette / DVD Package Photos
  • Videos that can be viewed on Badƒingerlinks.com
  • Purchasing Information
  • Unusual Facts & Additional Photos
  • Read more about it!
  • Sound Bites
  • Indexed Song Lists by: Song, Album/CD, Songwriter(s)
  • Rory Williams ~ Steve Alburger ~ Jordi & Amparo ~ Carlos Agustin
  • Darren English – Bootlegs: a 2nd Take
  • BWR Pick – Bootleg Core Collection

I could not have created these pages at this level without the help of a few very special friends. Super collector’s, Rory Williams and Steve Alburger have greatly enhanced the ‘45s & EP’ section by providing hundreds of scans from their own personal collections. How about 60 scans alone just for the Iveys Maybe Tomorrow / And Her Daddy's A Millionaire 45! Check it out.

Long time friend, Darren English is back and has agreed to help fill out the Bootleg section by taking a fresh look, a 2nd Take, as it were at what is available, or has been available for the Badƒinger fan that just can’t get enough.

Is this BWR Discography finished? Nope! This has been, and continues to be, a work-in-progress that grows week by week. So stop on by and let me know what you think!

  Badƒinger Discography ~ Updates!  


The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll
by: Eric Segalstad and Josh Hunter

The history of rock & roll is incomplete without The 27s, but it has remained untold until now.

If you're reading this you probably know that Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain's lives were cut short at age 27, but the same fate happened to thirty other musicians. Sure, they weren't all equally famous, but every one of them pushed rock in new directions, leaving lasting legacies that continue to inspire fans and musicians. Here's a partial list to consider: Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, D. Boon of the Minutemen. Mia Zapata of The Gits, crooner Jesse Belvin, Badfinger's Pete Ham, Chris Bell of Big Star, Gary Thain of Uriah Heep, Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, Freaky Tah of Lost Boyz, Pete de Freitas of Echo & The Bunnymen, Kristin Pfaff of Hole, and Jeremy Ward of The Mars Volta.

The story unfolds over 292 full-color pages packed with illustrations, mind-blowing revelations, eerie coincidences, trivia, interviews, and a myth greater than them all. It's a story about fame & loneliness, success & defeat, struggle & perseverance, modesty & excess …and life & death.

Don't miss out on the Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll.


  the27s.com  

  the27s on MySpace  

  YouTube Trailer  

  Email: Email: Josh & Eric  


A treasure-trove of Badƒinger Videos are available!!!

With all the new places for people to store videos: YouTube, MySpace, Google and others, there is a wealth of Iveys and Badƒinger videos that you are able to view! To try and collect as many as possible together in one spot, the BWR has created the Badƒinger Video Collection page dedicated to doing just that - Collect and display Badƒinger and related videos right on the BWR! Right now there are over 95 videos listed!!!

Just hover your mouse over each link listed and you will be able to watch these videos without leaving the BWR, or click the link and go directly to that webpage. AND if you wish to save any of these videos to your computer - Read the instructions that are included.

Rock on!!!

  Badƒinger Video Collection  


Badƒinger and Google Earth ~ You can now F-l-y !!!

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.

On this page 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!

  Badƒinger and Google Earth  


Michael
George
Gibbins
March 12, 1949
October 4, 2005

!!! Mike Gibbins ~ Passes Away October 4th, 2005 !!!

Hello my BfR friends...
I believe that you know by now the very sad news of Mike Gibbins’ death on October 4, 2005. Mike passed away in his sleep...

My thoughts are with Owen, Ellie and the entire Gibbins’ family at this time and my heart was at the Remembrance Service that took place Saturday October 8th. My condolences also go out to our family of Badƒinger friends, of which you are part. I know that this has been an unsettling time for you also. Mike has left friends and fans all over this world - many of whom he was never aware of.

I will be putting together a special Remembrance edition of the BWR newsletter very soon and I would like to invite each of you to send your thoughts and memories of Mike to me that you would like to see in the BWR newsletter. Make them as long or as short as you would like. I want this to be a very special issue including photos and a loving look at Mike’s life, career and his impact on so many people.

If you have any personal photos that you would like to share, this would be a good venue to publish them in...

At this time I can only offer you my thoughts of comfort and my belief in the hereafter where all is forgiven and friends and loved ones are reunited. I pray this is so for Mike. I hope that Pete and Tommy were waiting for him there, smiling... That is my comforting and pleasant thought that I will pass on to you at this time.

Thank you, my friends...

>>> R i c k <<<

Important Mike Gibbins Information & Links that you want to know about:

  Mike Gibbins Tribute BWR Newsletter  

  MikeGibbins.com Message Board  

  Legacy: Mike Gibbins Guestbook  


 

BWR Mini Poll

I first posted these questions in 1996 - Unfortunately, they are stll valid...
Where Do We Go From Here?      Vote once a day, everyday!

What would be your most anticipated new Badƒinger/Iveys release?
Iveys Unreleased 2 CD set
Joe Molland acoustic set
Tom Evans demos CD
Pete Ham demos CD#3
Mike Gibbins unreleased
Bob Jackson 1st solo
Joe's When I Was A Boy DVD
Badƒinger Video DVD Collection
Pete Ham's "Home Movies"
Joey's Badƒinger Live DVD
Badƒinger Rarities CD Collection
Straight Up original running order CD
Badƒinger's "Bus Tapes" recordings
Joe Molland's next solo CD
Badƒinger "coffee table" photo book
  
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  In The Meantime...
...Some Other Time

Just where did that story go? It was posted here at one time!

Most likely it has been moved to the BWR    Features   section.

Still can't find it? Use the handy BWR Google search box below...


Search: Badƒingerlinks.com Search WWW
 Best Results: Put your inquiry inside quotes. ( i.e. "Pete Ham" ) 

Better Days  Issues 7 Through 9 ~ The Last Publication from Keith James

This features stacks of material you will never have read before, or seen on the Internet. Three issues, with a total of 144 pages and stacks of rare photographs and archive material never seen before...
Price: $46 includes postage and packing ~ ORDER NOW!!!
Payment is by Paypal, but if you can’t pay by this method, please let me know. --Keith James

  • Pete Ham – Untitled, Unreleased, Unheard
  • Interview with David Garrick
  • Them Calderstones
  • One Hundred and One More Facts about Badƒinger You have Never Read Before… Probably!
  • A Dozen Hot Potatoes
  • The Myths, The Half-truths and The Downright Lies
  • Tommy’s Day at Yim
  • Ron Griffiths – One Hit Wonder?
  • Badƒinger, a Musician’s Perspective
  • Peter Ham on Peter Ham
  • The Iveys Rare Songs
  • Arthur v Ernie
  • Watering The Iveys
  • Joey Molland - Unseen pics of the maestro
  • Maybe Tomorrow, The Rare Iveys Film
  • Laughing with Pete and Tommy
  • Pickwick Capers
  • Some You Win
  • Mike Gibbins, R.I.P Mush
  • The Stars Recall Badƒinger
  • Six of the Best

  Ordering Information PDF  


Everybody I Shot Is Dead ~ This new book will have photos and stories about Badƒinger...

Email from Deborah Chesher:

Guess what?? I finally finished my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead, and sent it off to China to be printed. By the time I was done I (sadly) had 48 amazing musicians to honor and 5 dedicatees. The book came in at 208 pages, with over 400 photographs, and will be a high quality hardcover coffee table book.

I've shown the mock-up and proofs to several bookstores and am happy to report that so far they all love it. I'm really excited for everyone to see the book that I've posted eight pages on my website (2 pages of Michael Bloomfield, Marc Bolan, John Lee Hooker and John Bonham respectively) and am also taking pre-orders at a 40% discount off the $60 retail price. So, if you order a copy before July 25th, you'll only pay $36 and receive your book in October, before it hits the stores.

Here's the link that will take you directly to the book page on my website:

  Book Website  

And if you haven't been keeping up with my blog, you've been missing some good stories and photos so get back there and check it out:

  Deborah Chesher Blog  

Lots of  n-e-w  Mike Gibbins photos Posted!

Tom Evans & Mike Gibbins ( from the Ellie Gibbins collection )

Ellie Gibbins, over the past several months has been very active in posting videos on YouTube and lots of great photos of Mike on his MySpace page. There are many photographs that span Mike's career and several include photos of Tommy Evans! Check it out and leave a note on how much you appreciate all the hard work that the Gibbins' family is doing to keep Mike's flame a-burnin'!!!

  Mike Gibbins on MySpace  

  Madƒinger Video Collection  


Say No More - Peter Max and Stacy

Ok, so I have a semi-Badƒinger story. About a year ago I went to see the artist Peter Max at an event and since I'm an autograph collector, I thought how cool would it be to have him sign the Badƒinger album he designed.

So, there I was with my album when Mr. Max points at it and tells his assistant something. I was like, "okay, maybe he doesn't like signing things like this". But then his assistant tells me "Mr. Max would like to have that album, he's willing to trade you an original drawing for it". So, I'm stunned! I'm stuck. I'm like, what do I do? Here is the artist asking for it, how can I turn him down? But then I thought, wait a minute, if he wants it, how cool is that? Makes it just that much more cooler to me don't ya think? So, I declined... I felt kind of weird about that because how often does an artist want his own work? I mean, I'm sure he has some kind of original of it, wouldn't you think? But maybe he didn't have the actual album??????????

Anyway, he was still cool with me and signed the album.

Too bad I didn't get any photos of Peter Max signing it. That would have been great but I already felt like I was pressing my luck by asking for the autograph. We were in an art gallery and it was suppose to be for his art so......you can imagine how touchy it might have been!

Also, I was lucky enough to meet both Joey & Mike at different times in the past. What I'm really glad about is that they both signed the poem I wrote about Badƒinger in 1992. It was on Mike's web page at one point and when I first wrote it many years ago, it was published in a fan magazine/booklet (before the Internet craze!). [ "No Matter What" Fanzine by Rob & Amy ]

So, what do ya make of that?

--Stacy

  Read the Poem: Volume 2, Number 1 - Winter 1992 (Page 8)  


Gary Walker & The Rain ~ Album No 1 ~ Japanese Official Release!

As reported by Bryan Waller and on Gary Walker's website: Gary Walker & The Rain, Album No 1 (Catalog number UICY-93236) is officially released on CD for the first time by Universal. The Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this CD features the original album artwork housed as a miniature LP sleeve and has been 24-bit remastered.

Bryan also comments: "There have been many bootleg releases of this album on CD and vinyl, but this is the first legitimate reissue."

  1. Magazine Woman (Molland)
  2. The Sun Shines (Crane)
  3. Doctor Doctor (Molland)
  4. I Can’t Stand To Lose You (Leeds/Crane)
  5. Market Tavern (Molland)
  6. Spooky (Middlebrooks/Shapiro)
  7. Take A Look (Molland)
  8. The View (Leeds/Molland)
  9. If You Don’t Come Back (Leiber/Stoller)
  10. Thoughts Of An Old Man (Leeds/Molland)
  11. Francis (Leeds/Molland/Crane/Lawson)
  12. I Promise To Love You (Crane)
  13. Whatever Happened To Happy (Bonner/Gordon)

  Gary Walker & The Rain - Album No. 1  


Will Badƒinger be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Although neither of the first two websites listed below is "officially" affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, they are both fan sites that allow you to cast a vote to have Badƒinger "considered" for induction. First rule to be met is that it must be at least 25 years since their first recording was released. That means Badƒinger's Magic Christian Music released in 1970, made them first eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 - So the band is overdue!

Thanks to Ellie Gibbins for pointing out the Future Rock Hall site where Badƒinger is currently running HOT! So vote today!!!

Alan LeFever's Badƒinger Petition hosted by PetitionOnline has been going strong for over 4 years with over 1,300 petitions gathered!

"We are signing the petition because we believe that Badƒinger deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Badƒinger helped pave the way for power pop and rock and roll during the early 1970's. They were the first group signed to the Beatles' Apple Label, coming straight from England. Their song repertoire included the hits Come and Get It, No Matter What, Day After Day, and Baby Blue. Day After Day went #1, (Cashbox) in America and was also a certified gold record. Pete Ham and Tom Evans could have been the next Lennon/McCartney except tragically, Pete Ham committed suicide in 1975 and later, Tom Evans in 1983. Ham and Evans penned the song Without You, which Harry Nilsson took to number one in the 1970's and even more recently, Mariah Carey took it to number one also. Badƒinger ended up winning a Grammy for writing the song. How can a great band like this be passed up for induction? I for one am very tired of this and hopefully enough people will sign this petition to put Badƒinger in their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." --Alan LeFever

  Future Rock Hall ~ Badƒinger  

  Badƒinger Petition  

  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  


Badƒinger Members Receive Long-Overdue Grammy Award Certificates!

Saludos! to Badƒinger fan, Jose Nieves!!!

Through Jose's perseverance, Joe, Mike, Tom and Pete finally get the Grammy (certificates) they rightfully earned for their contribution to The Concert for Bangladesh. The album earned a Grammy in 1972 for "Best Album of the Year," but Badƒinger's name was left off the list to receive the award(s)... Below is part of Jose's story - more of the story and several fantastic photos are on Randy's Badƒinger News page.

"Hi Rick, In addition to the info on Randy's site and in the discussion page, the short version is: When Joey came to Puerto Rico 4 years ago for the "Bands on the Run" concert, I asked him about the Bangladesh Concert Grammys. He told me they never got them. When Mike passed away last year, that conversation popped into my mind again. I inquired with NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) about it and said that unfortunately whoever made the original submission to NARAS for Album of the year, did not include Badƒinger's name. I pleaded and made a case for reconsideration and after review; they agreed that Badƒinger was in fact worthy of having the Grammy. However, since more than 30 years have passed, they could not produce statues. They did send me the Grammy Award Certificates. I had tried to go to Minneapolis last month but couldn't coordinate it. As Joey is the sole surviving member, I thought it appropriate for him to receive all 4 certificates on behalf of the group. He is going to send them to the family members directly. Randy Justesen helped me with the coordination which was tricky because I wanted it to be a total surprise - which it turned out to be. The people at Hard Rock upon finding out about this through my nephew, who has worked with Hard Rock for over 10 years, wanted to join in and played over two hours worth of Badƒinger videos throughout the restaurant that night as well as sponsoring the dinner, coordinating a press release and an AP photographer. It was also shot in video for MTV Puerto Rico who expressed an interest in possibly broadcasting this as part of their news. It was very emotional for everyone and being October 14th my birthday, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to correct an oversight that should not have lasted this long." --Jose Nieves

Wow! Great job Jose! One fan's love of Badƒinger can make a difference...


Perfection - The Songs of Badƒinger's Pete Ham & Tom Evans

Promotional Release Only: 2006 ~ PRCD14
Label: Bug Music
Tracks 1-21 performed by Badƒinger
Track 22 performed by Harry Nilsson

This is the rare CD, (only 1,000 copies produced) Perfection - The Songs of Badƒinger's Pete Ham & Tom Evans that has been released "for promotional use" by Bug Music Publishing U.S. to promote the writing talents of Pete and Tom to the entertainment industry. It comes in a "digi-pak" package containing 22 songs, 21 performed by Badƒinger.

Track Listing:
• Day After Day (Ham) 3:09
• No Matter What (Ham) 2:58
• Baby Blue [Album Version] (Ham) 3:36
• Without You (Evans/Ham) 4:41
• I'll Be The One (Evans/Gibbins/Ham/Molland) 2:52
• The Name Of The Game (Ham) 5:16
• When I Say (Evans) 3:05
• Blodwyn (Ham) 3:24
• It's Over (Evans) 3:24
• Carry On Till Tomorrow (Evans/Ham) 4:44
• Lonely You (Ham) 3:41
• Perfection (Ham) 5:05
• I Can't Take It (Ham) 2:52
• We're For The Dark (Ham) 3:53
• Maybe Tomorrow [MCM Version] (Evans) 2:50
• Just A Chance (Ham) 2:57
• Believe Me (Evans) 2:58
• Know One Knows (Ham) 3:13
• Dennis [Edited Version] (Ham) 3:47
• Midnight Caller (Ham) 2:50
• Apple Of My Eye (Ham) 3:05
• Without You [Harry Nilsson version] (Evans/Ham) 3:08

  BWR Full Discography Listing  


Joey Molland meets up with Gary Walker ~ August 18, 2006

From Paul Nyman: "A friend of mine was reading news about the Walker Brother's issuing a full box set of their material at Gary Walker's website and he noticed Gary put up some photos when he hung out with Joe."

Thanks Paul! Eleven really great photos of the reunion with Joey Molland in the seaport city of Hastings, UK. Plus there are quite a few more of Gary, spanning his musical career and more recent exploits. Of further interest is on Gary's "Home" page where Joe's Magazine Woman from Gary Walker and the Rain's 1968 release is playing in the background. Plus if you go to Gary's "Media > Audio" page and play the MP3 capture of the "The Alex Hall Show - BBC Radio Cleveland - 21 September 2006," you will hear Gary talk briefly about Joey and play a snippit of Gary & Joey's composition The View from Album Number One.

The Walker Brothers' 5 CD Box set entitled Everything Under The Sun, which was released on July 10, 2006. The box set includes twelve previously unreleased songs, and the packaging will feature a 48 page book styled as a 1960s fan magazine.

BWR Note: This is a Walker Brothers release, not Gary Walker and the Rain. For this reason, none of Joe's compositions from that time period is included in this box set.

  Home: Gary Walker website  

  Photos: Gary Walker website  


Joey's performance at The Cavern was Brilliant!

Report and photos from Sue H. [context edited]

Hi Rick,
I went to see Joey perform at The Cavern in Liverpool last month, (August 2006) as his guest, and I took several photos there. I have to say that I thought Joey's performance at The Cavern was brilliant and it was particularly good for him as he had many friends and family there as well as a very appreciative audience. As it was the final night of Beatles week, the crowd were right with him, especially when he performed two classic Beatles numbers - Roll Over Beethoven and I Saw Her Standing There. The rest of his set consisted of some new material, plus some great Badƒinger songs which took me right back to my youth. I saw them perform live a few times and always thought they were an extremely talented (and good looking!) group. Joey had brought his son over with him too - he was part of a duo called Relapse and they performed a couple of numbers just prior to Joey going onstage.

Also, the recent photos of Joey on Gary Walker's website were taken by another Sue. She and I maintain Gary's site, and we passed your link on to Gary. He and Joey have been keeping in regular contact since Joey's UK visit, and hopefully there might be plans for them to work together again. Gary made contact with Joey approximately a year ago after finding his website. I do know they exchanged lots of emails between them, and as soon as Joey had plans to visit the UK, they made arrangements to get together to catch up. They are still in talks and hope maybe to work together again in the near future.

Best wishes,
Sue

  Click to view Sue's photos in a new frame   1 2 3 4 5


Eddie Mooney of the 60s band the Dakotas checks in...

Hello Rick,
I'm Eddie Mooney of the 60s band the Dakotas (ex B. J. Kramer) who are still touring (see website www.thedakotas.co.uk).

Recently I got to know Bob Jackson when we gigged with the Fortunes and I told him of my love for Badƒinger's music.

Anyway, I've recorded a few Badƒinger tracks and would love the fans to have a listen and tell me what they think. One track, Come And Get It is available as a free download at www.sleepyjoe.com/ and the mp3 is available directly from the link listed below.

I have recorded other tracks (the Dakotas version of No Matter What is on one of our albums "Strong"). I'd like to have a crack at the lesser known tracks if anyone would be interested.

Let me know if you think any of the fans might be interested in these recordings.

All the best --Eddie Mooney

  Website: The Dakotas  

  Listen: Come And Get It  

Eddie Mooney (Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar)

Eddie joined the Dakotas in the late 80's, and has been lead vocalist for longer than anyone else in the band's history. He first recorded as a member of first, a teen pop group in the early 70's, then progressive rock band The Accidents in the mid 70's, a member of glam rock act The Glitter Band and finally a punk rock solo act in the later part of the decade, sharing a record label with a young Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, and appeared on a CD and DVD compilation recently "Holidays In The Sun", commemorating twenty years of punk. During the early to mid 80's, Eddie released several singles as a member of "Park Avenue", pop/soul outfit. One of the drummers was Tony Bookbinder, who had been the original drummer in the Dakotas, and this connection eventually led to the reforming of the band with Mike Maxfield. During the 90's, Eddie has worked extensively as a session singer for radio and television, as well as fronting the Dakotas. Eddie sang, played and appeared on comedian Peter Kay's "Phoenix Nights" and "Max and Paddy" TV series. In recent years, he has presented 60's music programmes for BBC Radio in Liverpool. In addition to being vocalist and bassist on six of the seven Dakotas albums, Eddie has been recording solo material for release on the internet. In May of 2005, Eddie appeared with John Walker as an honorary member of the Walker Brothers for an American music TV documentary and DVD. Most recently, Eddie has been hosting his own 60s and 70s music radio show on Manchester's ALL FM.


J u s t e s e n ,   G r e g o r y   R a n d a l l   ~  A BWR Remembrance of "Randy"

[Selected from Randy's obituary]
Succumbed bravely and peacefully after a seven year battle with thyroid cancer. Born February 1, 1961, died February 5, 2007 at the age of 46.

Front man for the band Randy and the Wolfpack, graduate of the University of Minnesota and owner/president of Midwest Inbound Transportation, Randy had countless talents, a terrific sense of humor and a gift of music forever in his heart.

Visitation is Friday, February 9th, at Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave., Edina at 5:00pm with a Celebration of Life service at 7:00pm. Mass services will be held Saturday, February 10, at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, at 11:00am. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mayo Clinic, Thyroid Cancer-Dr. McIver, 200 1st St., Rochester, MN 55905


Farewell, my friend...
Randy, thank you for all the support that you gave me and the BWR from day 1, and even before... Several years before either you or I started our respective Badƒinger pages, we all used to hang out on Brando's old guestbook. Man, those were, for the most part, great, great times! All of the questions, cool discoveries, interactions and threaded banter. Friends were made, lost and sometime remade all in the matter of a month or two. I will never forget those early formative days...

I played your Hello Sunny Day CD the evening that I heard that you had passed on. I still love your tongue and cheek song "Schnapps On The Rocks." I smile every time I hear that – one of my favorites from that release. So I did just that. Poured one - one for the road that we must all travel some day...

I also want to offer my deepest condolences to Randy's wife Anne, and to their family and friends. I never met Randy but we forged a friendship and respect for each other that crossed the distance and circumstances.

Thank you Randy! Thanks for your friendship and support and everything that you did to help promote our favorite band. You will be sorely missed. You are sorely missed...

God speed mate!

Rob Rodriguez ~ No Matter What  Fanzine Editor ~ UPDATE!!!

NMW editor surfaces ~ Report and photos from Robert Rodriguez [context edited]

Rob & Zoe

Hello Rick,
It's been a good many years since I had reason to revisit my past and think about the old days of the No Matter What fanzine. Suffice to say, it was a labor of love at the time, but for a variety of reasons, came to an end when it did. Perhaps someday I'll get into the nitty gritty but for now I've got bigger fish to fry.

First though, I have to compliment you on your fantastic site! I believe that had NMW hung on another year or two, we certainly would've gone in that direction, but frankly, I doubt that we could've gotten it as right as you have. You are to be commended for maintaining your newsletter for as long as you have. (203 issues - I can't even imagine!!) I can (and will!) spend hours investigating its contents in full, but at the present, there's much on my plate...

I have a Beatle book in the final stages of preparation for publication, due out in June 2007. It occurred to me recently that having Joey contribute a 'Foreword' could be a win-win; I could get a little extra attention from the overlap in fans, and Joe could get his name on the cover of a book which will be heavily promoted - My publisher thought that it was a wonderful idea! Hopefully, Joey will be able to contribute to the current book. Perhaps you and the fan base can "lobby" him. [BWR Note] Rob is currently in touch with the Mollands'.

Thanks for asking, yes, I was aware of Mike's passing but shocked at the lack of coverage. It was a sad day, completely unexpected, but what added to the tragedy of it was coming as The Concert for Bangladesh was being re-issued. I had never noted him back there in the film before, playing tambourine. I know he would have loved going to the LA event...

When you visit my site, you'll see that there are another couple of books that I wrote for - a coffee table history of both the fifties AND sixties. Take care, Rick, and I hope to be in touch soon!

Cheers,
Robert Rodriguez

Rob's Blurb: Robert Rodriguez is a world-class pack rat with a head full of entirely useless information. The 1950s Most Wanted represents the first attempt at putting a lifetime's worth of dubious pursuits to practical good use. He subsequently contributed to The Sixties Chronicle and The Fifties Chronicle for Legacy. Further works are in progress.

  www.fiftiesbook.com  

  Email: Rob Rodriguez  


B a c k   A g a i n  -  B a d ƒ i n g e r   R o a d i e s

  (L to R) Tim Boyle, Nicky Bell & David "Tag" Hall

Thanks to Peggy Burneka who provided this fantastic photo from the Badƒinger Convention, (13 May 2006) held in Swansea, Wales, of three of the roadies for Badƒinger - Tim Boyle, Nicky Bell & David "Tag" Hall.

Among many other duties, it was Tim Boyle who found and suggested the move from Golders Green to Clearwell Castle in 1971. He also set up the recording studio in the castle wine cellar.

Nicky Bell joined the band in early 1970, just as Badƒinger began to make a name for themselves and the touring schedule picked up. He was on the road, (and in the bus) with the band all through the first 5 American tours. He even accidently broke Joey's arm once...

David "Tag" Hall was the sole remaining roadie after Ian "Fergie" Ferguson left during the Caribou Ranch, Wish You Were Here sessions. Tag stayed with the band to the very end...

Thanks Peggy for this photo update. Great to see these guys, all smiles, back together again for a day!

Joey comments about Rod Stewart's cover of Day After Day

Recently I was able to put Mike Walton, news editor of the online Rod Stewart "Smiler" page, in touch with Joe to get his comments about Rod's cover of Day After Day.

"We enjoy it a lot, my wife Kathie's favorite track is It's a Heartache. Did you know Badfinger's drummer, Mike Gibbins, played drums on Bonnie Tyler's version?"

--MORE--

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Ham and Evans now own their portion of copyrights!

August 18, 2005
(Excerpt)

Major developments have been happening concerning Badƒinger. First of all, an accidental overpayment had been discovered by Apple, in relation to publishing income paid out to all the Badƒinger-related parties since 1992. Since this discovery in 2004, a substantial amount of money has continued to be drawn by Apple against any Badƒinger-related earnings of the surviving group members and the three estates. This has had a major impact on the finances of the five Badƒinger parties (Estates of Evans, Ham & Collins, plus Joey Molland & Mike Gibbins) and the finality of this situation has yet to reach a resolution.

Ham and Evans now own their own portion of the specific copyrights (listed below), meaning Pete Ham’s daughter, Petera Ham, owning the Pete Ham copyrights, and Tom Evans wife, Marianne, and son, Stephen, owning the Tom Evans copyrights. Co-writes involving Molland and Gibbins are split, with both of those parties still have their publishing from the Apple/Warner Brothers era controlled worldwide by Apple/Warner Chappell.

Recently Petera Ham (Pete’s daughter) and Stephen Evans (Tom’s son) dropped by Bug’s Los Angeles offices to celebrate the signing:

  Badƒinger's Ham and Evans Join Bug  


George Harrison/Pete Ham Gibson Guitar Sells for $567,500 at Christie’s!!!

Press Association - Fri 19 Nov 2004 - By Mark Sage, PA, in New York

A recently-discovered guitar, played by George Harrison and John Lennon during Beatles recording sessions, will go under the hammer at Christie’s in New York, the auction house said today.

The Gibson SG guitar, expected to fetch up to £270,000, will be among the largest ever auction of rock and entertainment memorabilia, being held next month.

Also among the 400 lots is a union agreement signed by the Beatles before their legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan show.

Harrison gave the Gibson electric guitar to Peter Ham of the rock band Badƒinger in 1969 and upon Ham’s death in 1974, the guitar was stored away for 28 years by John Ham, his brother.

The guitar was re-discovered when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contacted John in preparation for a Badƒinger retrospective in 2002 – and has been on loan to the Hall of Fame, in Ohio, for the past two years.

Harrison, who died in 2001, played the instrument from 1966-1969, and used it during the Revolver recording sessions.

Lennon also played the guitar during the White Album sessions in 1969.

  BWR Story About the R'n'R Showing  


Shepard Sherbell Badƒinger Photos on the Net!!!

Twenty-eight Shepard Sherbell Badƒinger photos are available for viewing on the Internet!

Shepard Sherbell Badfinger Photos

They are all GREAT PHOTOS!!!! Many that I have not seen before! I have been hoping for a Badƒinger coffee table book for quite awhile, and this is the type of photos that would be in that book.

Do not miss checking into these sometimes very candid B&W photos by Shepard Sherbell. Excellent, every single one of them!!!
I want MORE!!!

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From Randy's Guestbook: Joey Molland comments on... Badƒinger !

BWR edited for easier reading only! (Photo from Barb's Badƒinger Boogie)

From Barb's Badfinger Boogie Hey everybody, how's it going? It's good to see that Badƒinger can still make the world go away for a few minutes. It is amazing how the records we made all those years ago are still being played and enjoyed by people all over the world. I know all the members and their families are truly grateful for the benefits we all enjoy as a result.. I wanted to say something about the books; "When I Was A Boy" is in fact finished as a story. I delivered the book to Billy James in August,2003. I am at present re-writing the manuscript into a more narrative form as I think it will be a more enjoyable and comprehensible read. I've completed around 70 pages, Hand written, Legal Pad size, and have about 100/150 pages to go. Kath is busy sorting our photos and memorabilia so we can choose what to include with the book. I'd love to be able to include some of the home movies Pete shot, I only have still shots myself and though they show us having fun they can't quite capture the zany stuff a bunch of pals on the road get up to. Anyway the book will be done when it is done so please don't blame Kath if she tries to make it seem like it won't be long in coming. The publishers have told me to be sure it's the way I want it and that's what I'm trying to do. If you think I'm taking too long, try going back and writing a book about your high school experience, I think you'll find it quite a daunting challenge, especially when somebody else has already written it based on third hand information and old report cards.

The second book "Badƒinger and Beyond" by Michael Cimino, is being written by Michael at his own pace. I've done the interviews, told the stories, not only about Badƒinger but all of the other events that wind up being a life story. When Michael decides the book is finished I'm sure he'll let me know and it will then be my great pleasure to pass that news to you all. Until then I am as much in the dark as you are.

I saw an article in something called Red Route, I think, where they used some passages from Matovina's writings about what Tommy and I talked, discussed, argued about on the phone the night of his suicide. I can assure you all that the "Without You" royalties were not. Tommy was very upset saying "We really need to sort out the Apple royalties", these, as you all know were the royalties that Apple paid into an escrow account controlled by the courts in London, I reminded Tommy that I had already made two trips to London to try and sort that out with him, Mike and Bill, all to no avail. The main problem at that point and in fact all the way through the court hearings in 1985, was that the Ham estate's lawyers thought all the money was Pete's no matter who wrote what, when, or how. Tommy got very angry and for some reason told me how he'd love to have a go at me, I didn't really know what to say about that. Tommy's mood seemed to settle down then and he sounded sort of calm, resigned, and it was during this part of the conversation that he told me he was going to kill himself. I must admit that I didn't take him seriously and only asked why he was telling me that. The next morning when Marianne called, both Kath and I were stunned and heartbroken. Both of us had a great love for Tommy and would never have wanted this to happen. I've obviously paraphrased what Tommy and I actually said to each other that night but this is essentially what was said. There were other things in the article I spoke of earlier that were equally inaccurate and I look forward to setting the record straight in "When I Was A Boy", soon to be released with all sorts of extra goodies, vids, contracts, CD's, etc.

Must go, see you soon, keep on, Cheers, Joey.


 

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