Evans, Tom (5th June 1947-19th November 1983)

He was born in Liverpool, England and was a guitarist/bassist/songwriter.    He bought his first guitar after seeing The Beatles at the Cavern Club.  His first group was The Inbeatweens followed by The Calderstones which he formed in 1966.  In 1967 he replaced Dai Jenkins as a guitarist in the group The Iveys who were later to become Badfinger.  He moved to bass-guitarist in 1969 when the band re-organized.  He played and did back-up on John Lennon's albumImagine.  Of his compositions he is best known for "Without You" which was written with his friend and band member Peter Ham.   Badfinger disbanded in 1975 after Peter Ham's death and he formed the band The Dodgers, but by 1977 he was out of work so he went to work as a plumber.  He then went back to a reformed version of Badfinger and recorded the album "Airwaves" with them.  He split from this band and then he was in another band once again called "Badfinger".  Following an argument over the telephone in November 1983, about the publishing royalties of "Without You", he went to the garden and hung himself.  He was 36 years old.

 

Susie Allanson Recording.

Without You (Pete Ham/Tom Evans)                                                              

 

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