1/5/18: Badfinger “Baby Blue”

I’m guessing you’ve probably never heard of an English band called The Iveys. They were the first group to sign with the Beatles’ Apple Records, back in 1968. Of course, Apple Records is a well-known name, even if “Apple” is more synonymous with computers and phones, these days. In fact, Chapel Hill music legend James Taylor was the first U.S. artist to have an album released on the Apple label – but I digress. The Iveys changed their name soon after signing to one I’m sure you’ll recognize: Badfinger.

Badfinger is mostly known as Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans and Joey Molland. Their first album as Badfinger was released in 1970, and it was immediately clear not only how talented the group was, but also how inspired they were by The Fab Four. Paul McCartney even produced their first single, called “Come and Get It.” Other hits would follow for Badfinger, including “No Matter What” and “Day After Day,” and Ham wrote a lot of their material along with Evans. One of their songs in particular, called “Without You” was never released as a single, but has been covered by more than 80 other artists! The version by Harry Nillson went all the way to #1 in the both the UK and the United States.

The lyrics to that song, “I can’t live if living is without you” became sadly and painfully ironic later on, as first Ham and then Evans committed suicide in the years that followed. The story of Badfinger is one the saddest stories in rock and roll, full of shady business practices and broken dreams. There was strife in the band, chaos at Apple Records, and egregious example of malicious mis-management. Badfinger, simply put, deserved better.

My favorite song by Badfinger has always been “Baby Blue,” off the album “Straight Up.” Not only was it really popular back in ’72, reaching #14 on the charts, it enjoyed a big resurgence in popularity when it was used in the dramatic final episode of “Breaking Bad.” If any band – or song – deserves this attention, it’s Badfinger and “Baby Blue!”

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

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