Pete Ham Biography
(Welsh Singer-Songwriter and Lead Vocalist for the 1970s Rock Band ‘Badfinger’)
Birthday: April 27, 1947 (Taurus)
Born In: Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
Pete Ham was a singer-songwriter and composer from Wales, who became famous for being one of the leading members of the British rock band ‘Badfinger’. Often touted as one of the pioneers of the ‘power-pop’ genre of music, Ham was responsible for some of the greatest hits in music history. These included the singles ‘No Matter What’, ‘Day After Day’, and ‘Baby Blue’. Perhaps his most popular song will always remain ‘Without You’, which he co-wrote with bandmate Tom Evans. Some of the band’s most popular albums were ‘No Dice’, ‘Magic Christian Music’, and ‘Straight Up’. They were signed to ‘The Beatles’ label ‘Apple Records’, and their music was often compared to them as well. However, the fusion of Pete Ham’s powerful, soulful vocals with his unique compositions put the band in a league of its own. But what started as a cultural revolution ended in a tragedy. A heavily depressed Ham ended his life due to management troubles and financial fraud committed by the ‘Badfinger’ manager Stan Polley.