Pete Ham

Pete Ham

Swansea, Swansea, Wales
Death 24 Apr 1975 (aged 27)
Surrey, England
Burial Morriston, Swansea, Wales
Memorial ID 7471112 · View Source
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Rock Musician. 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, England and, in 1968, became the first band to be signed by “The Beatles” Apple Records. Their first single, "Maybe Tomorrow" was successful in Europe, but not in Great Britain, and Ham and Gibbins formed a new band “Badfinger”, with Tom Evans and Joey Molland. They were asked to write and perform the music for the motion picture "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 Great Britain and the United States. Other hit songs followed, written this time by the band, notably "No Matter What" and "Day After Day", and, in 1972, Ham and Evans' composition "Without You" was covered by singer Harry Nilsson and reached Number One in both Britain and America. 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 However, at about the same time, a large sum of money went missing from their account, and the record was withdrawn from circulation only days after its release.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 his girlfriend and son, and 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 24, 1975, he was found to have committed suicide.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


Swansea born
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.



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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 20 May 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7471112
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pete Ham (27 Apr 1947–24 Apr 1975), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7471112, citing Morriston Cemetery, Morriston, Swansea, Wales ; Maintained by Find A Grave .