Sundays “Oldies”: “No Matter What” (Badfinger)

No Matter What (Badfinger song) - Wikipedia
(1970)

Produced by Mal Evans (associated closely with The Beatles) and recording on Apple Records, Badfinger definitely made history in the 1970’s. This song was one of several big hits for these lads during that great decade of music. Their sound made them appear a little like the early Beatles, but they definitely had a groove of their own.

Badfinger - The Apple Label's Bright British Hopes | uDiscover Music
(Badfinger 1970)

“No Matter What” was released in 1970 and included in the band’s No Dice album. The tune was written by Peter Ham, the guitarist and vocalist of the group who also wrote some of their other big hits like “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. This song became the second smash hit for Badfinger following “Come and Get It”, a song composed by Paul McCartney.

Pete Ham of Badfinger - Rockers Who Died at Age 27
(Peter Ham)

Peter Ham also co-wrote “Without You”, a song that became a number one hit for Harry Nilsson (1971) and for the which Ham received two Ivor Novello awards in 1973. However things quickly turned bad for him and for Badfinger. After the decline of Apple Records, the band signed with Warner Brothers (1972), who promptly sued the band’s manager, Stan Polley, alleging that he took a large sum that had been paid to the band as an advance credit and ran. Thinking himself totally ruined, Ham committed suicide in 1975. He was 27 years old and thus joined the Club of 27.

The band tried to reform, however further tragedy was to follow as original band member Tom Evans (co-author of “Without You”) hanged himself in 1983, also following a deep depression triggered by the band’s legal and economic problems.

Badfinger / Pete Ham and Tom Evans - POBA
(Peter Ham and Tom Evans)

Hope you enjoy this little treasure from the 1970’s…

(I actually was starting High School when this song was released and since me and my mates were always into music, we truly “dug” this tune man!)

Just for you guys I will add “Come and Get It”, a definite “oldie-goldie” from 1969. Do you remember?

(Loved it from the first, reminded me of the Fab Four, and of course, Paul McCartney wrote it. Cannot you hear Paul, perhaps playing the piano? I don’t know if he did or not, but it sure as hell has a Macca feel…)

Cheers…

14 comments

  1. beth · September 19

    such sad and senseless losses – I remember them fondly

  2. Brad Osborne · September 19

    As Apple Records were founded by the Beatles in 1968, it is no surprise that they would be recording something Macca wrote. Even the production techniques and sound were a close match to the Fab Fours music. But alas, fame and fortune held a different path for this ill-fated group. Thankfully their music lives on and brings back some fond memories of those different times in our culture. Great post, Francisco!

  3. Anna Waldherr · September 19

    I’m sure I’m showing my age. But I appreciate these older bands.

  4. jonicaggiano · September 20

    Great post Francisco. So sad the tragedy of suicide at such a young age. That is heartbreaking. Great music and I very interesting post. xooxxoxox

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · September 21

      Thank you Joni, yes the story of Badfinger is sad and tragic, ironic, as their music was very upbeat and positive…

      • jonicaggiano · September 21

        You are welcome. Yes it made me sad that they were talented and had so much going on for them as well but still had a tragic ending. Yet it was an interesting story about the history of the band. I had no idea what happened to them. 🤗❤️

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · September 21

        I’m glad you liked it Joni 😊

      • jonicaggiano · September 21

        Yes, thank you I certainly did. Big hugs to you both. Love ❤️ Joni

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · September 21

        Big hugs to you both too! 😊

  5. cincinnatibabyhead · September 22

    Easy to like these songs.

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