111. Badfinger

111. Badfinger
The term heir apparent is used far too often in Pop Culture. Lou Gehrig may have proved to be the rightful heir to Babe Ruth in the Yankees, but while Eric Lindros had a decent hockey career, his original nickname of the “Next One” (In reference to Wayne Gretzky’s moniker of the “The Great One”) was a title he couldn’t quite live up to. If Rock and Roll had a career equivalent it might be the band once thought to be the heir to the Beatles; Badfinger.   The comparison to the Beatles came quite naturally. Originally signed to Apple Records and with their first hit (Come and Get it) penned by Paul McCartney, it appeared as if Badfinger could pick up where the Beatles left off. The early 70’s saw them create albums that were considered to be part of the early Power Pop genre which also yielded some of the finest harmonies and craftsmanship of the decade. Sadly, with all the success they had, Badfinger received only a mere fraction of what they were entitled and amidst legal red tape they were disabled by the suicide of their creative leader Pete Ham. Okay, not exactly a career ended by concussions, but a career cut short and left wondering what could have been.   The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1995   Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Swansea, Wales)   Why They Will Get In: As Power Pop pioneers and a connection to the Beatles, an induction is not impossible.   Why They Won’t Get In: They are more though of as a footnote in musical history than a vital cog.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Magic Christian Music (1970) No Dice (1970) Straight Up (1971) Ass (1973)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Rock of All Ages (From Magic Christian Music, 1970) Maybe Tomorrow (From Magic Christian Music, 1970) Without You (From No Dice, 1970) Day After Day (From Straight Up, 1971) Baby Blue (From Straight Up, 1971)   www.badfinger-iveys.com (Tribute Site){youtube}Xoke1wUwEXY{/youtube}{youtube}Bk57K4OGrAg{/youtube}{youtube}PyBS_1vGwpU{/youtube}{youtube}DdWfgra7Mw8{/youtube} {acepolls 103}

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