- Tom Evans (musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Tom Evans
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Thomas Evans
Born = birth date|1947|6|5|df=y
Died = death date and age|1983|11|19|1947|6|5|df=y
Years_active = 1966-1983
Instrument = Bass,
Label = Apple,
Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Records
Badfinger, The Iveys, The Dodgers
URL = [http://www.tomevans.info/ www.tomevans.info]
Thomas Evans (
5 June 1947— 19 November 1983), was a musicianwho was most notable for his work with the band, Badfinger.
Evans was born in Liverpool, England. He started his music career as a member of "The Inbeateens" in 1961. Evans was a regular down at the Cavern to watch
The Beatleswhen they would play lunchtime shows. He soon progressed to a Liverpool mod/soul group called Them Calderstones. Evans sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for the group. In 1967, he was spotted by a Welsh band called The Iveyswho were looking for a replacement. He was almost immediately asked by The Iveys to join their band and relocate to London, which Evans did shortly after. Matovina, Dan. [http://books.google.com/books?id=eAURGSMNfTUC&pg=PP1&dq=%22Without+You:+The+Tragic+Story+of+Badfinger%22&sig=jph9Jp_3_JMMBps7_FvJSZkPHrI Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger] , Google Books, 2000. Retrieved 18 Sept 2008 ]
Evans was a major songwriting contributor for The Iveys and added much to the group's persona and harmonies onstage. The Iveys were signed to
The Beatles' Apple Recordsroster in 1968 and an Evans' composition, "Maybe Tomorrow," was the first single released by the band. The record reached 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100chart, but failed to chart in the U.K. It did achieve Top Ten status in several European markets.
In 1969, The Iveys changed their name to Badfinger and
Paul McCartneyof The Beatles gave the group a boost by offering them his song "Come And Get It" which he produced. It became a featured track for the [film] , "The Magic Christian, which starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. Evans was chosen by McCartney to sing lead on this track. It reached the the Top 10 worldwide.
Badfinger enjoyed more major successes in the early 1970s with singles such as "No Matter What," "Day After Day," and "Baby Blue". Each featured some of Evans magical vocals; background harmony and dual lead. He also sang on
Ringo Starr's massive hit "It Don't Come Easy." But Evans crowning career moment was writing the chorus of the all-time ballad standard "Without You," a co-written song with bandmate Peter Ham. The composition became a huge 1 hit worldwide for Harry Nilsson and has since become a standard with hundreds of cover versions over the decades following.
Badfinger dissolved following Ham's death in 1975, after which Evans joined a group called The Dodgers with Badfinger bandmate
Bob Jackson. Evans was eventually asked to leave the band, and he briefly retired from the music industry.
Evans resurfaced in 1977 to join Joey Molland for two Badfinger "comeback" albums. The second album, "Say No More" spawned the Evans single "Hold On," which reached 56 on Billboard in 1981. Evans and Molland went their separate ways after this second album was released, and the two put together rival "Badfinger" touring bands in the U.S.
IIn 1982, Jackson rejoined Evans in the latter's version of Badfinger. Original Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins was also enlisted for Evans' band for one tour. But after signing an ill-advised management contract with a Milwaukee businessman, Evans, Gibbins and Jackson were stranded in the U.S. without tour dates, food or money. When the duo returned to England, they were sued (Evans for $5 million dollars).
In November of 1983, Evans argued with Joey Molland of Badfinger on the telephone, chiefly regarding potential publishing/ASCAP divisions of the "Without You" song, whose ASCAP royalties accumulating for airplay had been funding Evans, with other publishing funds being held by Apple Corps. pending resolution. The following morning, Evans was found hanging in his backyard. Allegedly, he left no note. Family and friends have speculated he was overwhelmed by the combination of his conflicts with Molland, ex-manager Bill Collins and ex-bandmate Mike Gibbins over the royalties, plus the U.S. lawsuit. But a major factor of Evans depression was alluded by many friends and family members that he was never able to get over his former bandmate's Pete Ham's suicide. Marianne Evanns, his wife, was quoted in a documentary stating "Tommy said 'I want to be where Pete is. It's a better place than down here' ...." Evans is also survived by a son, Stephen.
A CD of recordings made in the early 1980s by Evans and musician friend Rod Roach were posthumously released by Roach on the CD entitled Over You, in 1993.
(with Badfinger, except where noted)
*"Maybe Tomorrow" (1969 as "The Iveys")
Magic Christian Music" (1970)
No Dice" (1970)
*"Straight Up" (1971)
*"Wish You Were Here" (1974)
*"Say No More" (1981)
*"Over You: The Final Tracks" (1993 as "Tom Evans with Rod Roach")
*"Head First" (2000)
Evans also appeared as a guest artist on
The Concert For Bangla Desh" (album)
All Things Must Pass" by George Harrison(album)
It Don't Come Easy" by Ringo Starr(single)
Compositions of note
*"Maybe Tomorrow" (Billboard charting #67, by "The Iveys")
Without You" (Billboard charting #1 by Harry Nilsson, #3 by Mariah Carey, #28 by Clay Aiken).
*"Hold On" (Billboard charting #56 by Badfinger)
* [http://www.tomevans.info/ Tom Evans’ Official website]
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