|Birth: ||Apr. 27, 1947|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 1975|
Musician. Peter William Ham was born in the Townhill district of Swansea, South Wales. He was given his first guitar for Christmas 1959, and soon began to play with various local groups, before forming The Iveys with Mike Gibbins, Ron Griffiths and Dai Jenkins. They moved to London and, in 1968, became the first band to be signed by The Beatles' Apple Records. Their first single, "Maybe Tomorrow" was a hit on the Continent, but not in Great Britain, and Ham and Gibbins formed a new band, Badfinger, with two Liverpudlians, Tom Evans and Joey Molland. They were asked to write and perform the music for the film, "The Magic Christian", starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. One song from the soundtrack, "Come and Get It", written not by the band but by Paul McCartney, was released as a single and became a Top Ten hit in both Britain and America. Other hits, written this time by the band, folowed, notably "No Matter What" and "Day After Day", and, in 1972, Ham and Evans' composition "Without You" was covered by Harry Nilsson and reached Number One on both sides of the Atlantic; a feat repeated in 1992 when Mariah Carey recorded the song. In 1974, Badfinger transferred to Warner Brothers Records and released what many consider to be their finest album, "Wish You Were Here", a year before the Pink Floyd record of the same name. However, at about the same time, a large sum of money went missing from their account, and the record was withdrawn from circulation only days after its release. Pete Ham was living with a lady named Anne Ferguson, who already had a son, named Blair. They were expecting a child together, but such was the disarray of the band's finances (a situation which many blame on their manager, Stan Polley) that Ham was unable to pay the mortgage instalments on his new house in Surrey. On the morning of April 24th. 1975, he was found by Anne, having hanged himself in his garage. A note left behind read : "Anne, I love you. Blair, I love you. I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better. Pete. P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me." (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine)
Cause of death: Suicide by hanging
Devoted son of William and Catherine Ham
He loved his family
And they cherished him
A compassionate man
A dedicated and loyal friend
Known for his smile and wit
He was generous and giving to all
Music meant the world to him
He founded The Iveys & Badfinger
Composed "No Matter What"
"Day After Day" and "Baby Blue"
And co-wrote "Without You"
A timeless classic for the ages
Two Ivor Novello Awards
In loving tribute to a gentle soul
Your daughter, Petera
and her mother, Anne.
"You will never be forgotten"
Our sincerest love and gratitude to Dan Matovina
for coodination of this memorial and your
continuing support for Pete's legacy.
Thank you to Mark Perkins for the beautiful
lithograph image of Pete.
Thank you Peggy Burneka for securing this
wonderful site for us.
And to Pete - may you always Shine On.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: May 20, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7471112
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I'm so sorry that you left us as you did. I loved your music and I won't forget you.|
Added: Apr. 30, 2017
Happy birthday, on your 70th. God bless you and keep your soul!|
Added: Apr. 27, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE|
Added: Apr. 27, 2017
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