Badfinger comprised Pete Ham (1947—1975), Tom Evans (1947—1983), Joey Molland (born 1947) and Mike Gibbins (1949—2006). They signed to Apple in 1968 as The Iveys, with a line-up that originally included Ron Griffiths (born 1946). The name change occurred in late 1969, upon Ron’s departure, Joey’s arrival, and the release of their breakthrough single ‘Come And Get It’, written and produced by Paul McCartney for the Peter Sellers / Ringo Starr movie, The Magic Christian.
Badfinger was a consistent hit-maker for Apple Records, with a string of top quality chart singles to their name: they followed ‘Come And Get It’ with ‘No Matter What’, ‘Day After Day’ and, outside of the UK, ‘Baby Blue’. The band issued four highly-regarded albums for Apple: Magic Christian Music (1970), which included two further songs from the film, No Dice (1970), Straight Up (1972) and Ass (1974). One song originally found on No Dice is ‘Without You’, not officially released by Badfinger as a single, but which became a massive global success when covered by Harry Nilsson in 1972 and by Mariah Carey in 1994. Badfinger’s Joey Molland is still writing and recording today.