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Died On This Date (April 23, 1975) Pete Ham / Badfinger

Posted by themusicsover on April 23, 2010

Pete Ham
April 27, 1947 – April 23, 1975

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Pete Ham was the singer and by some accounts, primary songwriter for the British rock band, Badfinger who were signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records in 1968.  As a songwriter, Ham is perhaps best know for “Without You,” a song he co-wrote with Tom Evans and which was once called “the killer song of all time” by Paul McCartney. It went on to be a #1 hit for Harry Nilsson, a #3 hit for Mariah Carey, and go to #28 for Clay Aiken. The song was recorded more than 180 times through history.  Badfinger had six albums and no fewer than four hit singles, but by the early ’70s the band were caught up in a legal nightmare with their former management that left the members broke. It all became too much for Pete Ham who hanged himself in his garage on April 23, 1975 at the age of 27.  In his heart breaking suicide note, he mentioned the love of his girlfriend and included the post script, “Stan Polley is a soulless bastard.”  Stan Polley was Badfinger’s manager who was accused by many of his clients of corruption. He would later plead nolo contendere to unrelated embezzlement and money laundering charges.

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2 Responses to “Died On This Date (April 23, 1975) Pete Ham / Badfinger”

  1. darkangel said

    It it so sad, that this incredibly talented person, ended his life because of money problems.But I think he was a depressed individual, and the rest of it just broke him. Mentally and financially. He couldn’t deal with it anymore. He had a girlfriend and a child on the way. I guess that wasn’t enough. He must have felt his life was over, no hope in sight, and nothing could have kept him here. What a nightmare for the people he left behind. RIP, Pete.

  2. Bre said

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