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One's...one's bad enough. ................Two's too many. 字幕10

One's...one's bad enough. ................Two's too many.  27:13-29:30 字幕10 
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[Narrator]  Meanwhile, Pete's band-mate and best friend Tommy Evans was slowly falling apart. 
 
[Marianne Evans]  When he died, Tommy didn't have anybody he could talk to, write songs with, his other half was gone so he felt lost and lonely. Many times he said, "I want to be there where he is." Everything went wrong for Tommy as well - tax problems, taxman after him, somebody sued him for five million - so everything just collapsed. 
 
[Beverley Tucker]  Tom tried really hard after Pete died. He kind of tried to make it better, not just for him but for Pete, but they got set back after set back. 
 
[Narrator]  Eight years after Pete's death, Tommy also hanged himself. 
 
[Tag Hall]  I was angry with Tommy when he took his life. Too many people had gone through enough with Peter's death cos you don't tend to bury friends before you're 30. One's...one's bad enough. ................Two's too many. 
 
 #coppertone blues 
 
[Narrator]  It all happened a long time ago but for those who lived through it, the story of Badfinger, the friendships and the music, live on. 
 
 #no matter what 
 
[Narrator]  Now, it's time for a new chapter to be written. On the 20th of August, 2013, Petera gave birth to Pete's first grandchild, who she called Luca William Ham. 
 
 #no matter what 
 
 
 
I've got his music and I'm just very, very proud.   00:00-01:40 字幕00 
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[PA]  Today is a really important day for this city. Today is a day we honour one of our sons. 
 
 #no matter what 
 
[Narrator]   In April 2013, people from all over the world came to Swansea in South Wales to pay tribute to Pete Ham, an unsung hero of British pop music. 
 
 #no matter what 
 
[man]  Today I believe is a long overdue event in Swansea. It's recognising Pete, Pete Ham, and what he did, not only for Swansea but for the music scene in general. 
 
 #no matter what 
 
[PA]  When we unveil the plaque, we'll honour Peter, but we put on record that if you are a kid from Swansea, you can still do something amazing and you can change the world! 
 
[Narrator]  Amongst the guests were Pete's partner Anne and his daughter Petera, who grew up in Glasgow without knowing her father. 
 
[PA]  This is Peter's daughter, Petera. 
 
[Ann Herriot]  It is very emotional for me, especially when I hear the Welsh accent. Petera, my daughter, is unveiling the plaque, which is lovely for me, for her to be doing that. 
 
[Petera Ham-Eddie]  Although I didn't know my dad, I still feel very close to him through all of his music and everything my mum tells me about him. Many people don't get hear things about their father after they go, at least I've got his music and I'm just very, very proud. 
 
[Narrator]  This is the story of Pete Ham and his band, Badfinger. 
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Timeless 字幕09

Timeless  25:22-27:13 字幕09 
Last Words Pete Ham
 #timeless 
 
[Narrator]  It was the last straw for Pete. All he'd ever wanted to be was a musician. Now, he felt that everything he and the band had worked for had come to nothing.  He went to see Tommy. 
 
 #timeless 
 
[Bob]  They went for a few drinks at the pub, drowned their sorrows a little bit, I guess. Tommy drove Pete back to his house and Pete got out and said, "Don't worry, mate, I've got a plan. I know what to do. I've got a way out this, don't worry. Bye." 
 
 #timeless 
 
[Bob]  Later on in the morning, there was this panicky phone call from Anne and she spoke to Marianne and Tommy and said, "There's something awful happened, something terrible terrible."   So, Tommy rushed round there and found Peter hanging in the garage. 
 
 #timeless 
 
[Narrator]  Pete was just 27 years old. He left a suicide note which read, "I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better. PS, Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me." 
 
[Narrator]  Anne returned to her home town of Glasgow and five weeks after Pete's death, she gave birth to their daughter who she called Petera. 
 
[Anne Herriot]  People had said to me after it, "It was terrible what he did, leaving you with the baby." I could never say that. I wish I could but I could never say that about Pete and I know that he wasn't himself when he did that. The doctor had explained to me that his mind had probably just gone. 
 
[Bob]  I understand that Polley, who had actually taken life insurances out on everyone, was trying to cash in a policy on Pete, you know. Even after this terrible event, he was still trying to make money on it somehow, you know. 
 

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Hey, Mr Manager and Ringside 字幕08

Hey, Mr Manager and Ringside  22:16-25:22 字幕08 
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[Narrator]  The cash advances from Warner Bros had disappeared. So too had Badfinger's American manager, Stan Polley. Loyal and trusting to the end, Pete refused to believe Polley was ripping them off.  Then Warner Bros sued the band for the return of their money and Badfinger were effectively shut down by their own record company. 
 
[Bob speaking in 1987]  I remember myself, Tommy and Pete going to the management companies in London saying, "Look, we're in this terrible situation and we'd really just like to continue our career, we just want to play." And the companies were sort of saying, "Well, who are you with?" And we'd mention the set-up and they'd, "Well, when you get out of that, come and see us."  We could have written all that off if we could have just carried on and started again, do you know what I mean? But it was difficult to start again. 
 
 #hey, mr manager 
 
[Nicky Bell]  Pete felt like he was a big brother. When life got in the way and things happened with Pete and he took a step back and looked at where his life was going, he thought, "I'm letting everybody down." 
 
[Bob]  He'd have a smile on his face but put cigarette...stubs out on his hand. It was like self-harm. Yeah, I mean, this shows the extent to which he was burning up inside, really. I mean, he felt awful, obviously.  And he played me some tapes...of new stuff. One song really kind of stuck with me, it was a song called Ringside. 
 
 #ringside 
 
[Bob]  If you listen to that lyric, it's such a sad thing because he's likening his situation to, yeah, gather round at the ringside and watch me going down. 
 
 #ringside 
 
[Bob]  Pete had been making these calls to try and ascertain what was happening at the American end, could never get through to Polley, but in the end, one guy worked there, Stan Poses, who had a bit more of an empathy with us.  He spoke to Pete and, unfortunately, he revealed that... He basically said outright that yeah, Stan Polley isn't very wholesome, he's not a good person, he is ripping you off. He said all the things that Pete didn't want to hear, really. 
 

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Apple of My Eye 字幕07

Apple of My Eye  20:05-22:16 字幕07 
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 #apple of my eye 

[Nicky Bell]  Pete was a very loyal guy and didn't want to split away from Apple. You know, that was like leaving part of the family again. And I think that was a terrible strain on Pete. 
 
[Dan Matovina]  Pete was so grateful for the opportunity they gave him and his band and he wrote a song called Apple Of My Eye. How many artists write a song about their record label? Usually when they're about leave, they're angry, but that was Pete Ham. 
 
 #apple of my eye 

[Narrator]  There were changes too in Pete's personal life. After his relationship with Beverly ended, he had several girlfriends. He was a man who very much needed to be in love. Finally, he got together with Anne, and she soon discovered she was pregnant. 
 
[Bob]  This was heaven for Pete, you know, family man, and suddenly he was going to have his family and he'd lived for all these years, you know, in essentially a bedsit in Golders Green. I mean, that's what it was, living on very little money, even during all the successes. 
 
 #matted spam 

[Narrator]  Pete set up a home with Anne in Weybridge, Surrey, just a mile down the road from Tommy Evans and his wife Marianne.  
 
 #matted spam 

[Anne Herriot]  He was just a lovely, lovely guy. Beautiful nature, you couldn't have asked for a better partner, he was so kind, loving. He wanted to be left alone to go out and play his music but he was... You have to be hard to be in the music business and Pete was not like that at all. 
 
[Tag Hall]  Pete was very happy, you know, he wanted to do loads of stuff with the house. Everything seemed OK until the cheques stopped coming. 
 

Yeah, riding around in the dark. 字幕06

Yeah, riding around in the dark.  17:28-20:04 字幕06 
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[Narrator]  By now, Badfinger should have been very comfortably off, but the money was not coming through to the band. 
 
[John Ham]  He was changing for the gig and had on what I thought was a pair of... I don't know, comic shoes - the soles were coming away, like the old vaudeville comedians or something like that.  And I said, "Oh, part of the act, do you do a comedy number?" He said, "No, those are my stage shoes." I said, "Well, you can't wear those on stage, you're the local idle coming back." He said, "They're the only ones I've got." 
 
 #money 
 
[Narrator]  Badfinger's eccentric manager, Bill Collins, had encouraged the band to put their finances in the hands of an American businessman named Stan Polley. 
 
 #money 
 
[Nicky Bell]  When the started to get successful, Bill kind of got out of his depth. He did things that he thought were right for the band, but...they weren't. 
 
 #money 
 
[Bill Collins]  I believe that Polley meant well, although he was a very astute businessman, you know, he knows all the tricks, and he told us, he said, "I know all the tricks, but if you play ball, I'll play ball, and we'll all get along fine, and we'll all finish up millionaires." 
 
 #money 
 
[Bob]  He was the archetypal manager with a big cigar and, you know, "I'm going to take you guys to the stars," all that sort of business, and it seemed OK at first. 
 
 #money 
 
[Narrator]  Polley's first move was to get Badfinger away from Apple Records and signed up to a new deal he'd negotiated with Warner Brothers. He dazzled Bill and the band with talk of huge cash advances and said that, for tax reasons, the money should be paid into a series of different bank accounts which he himself would control. 
 
 #money 
 
[Bob]  He said, "Well put it all in a pot, and by the time we've reached the end of the album deals, you know, you'll all be very rich people. But in the meantime, we'll just be on a basic salary, I'm afraid."  And of course, not knowing any better and wanting to think the best of people, the band went along with it, you know. 
 
[Bill Collins]  All around New York in a big limo, and he said, "And it's no good you reading this contract." It was three inches thick. But he said, "Basically, you've got to understand..." And he talked and talked and talked and drummed into my mind that we had 3 million deal to make six albums in three years and, uh... 
 
[interviewer]  This was all in the back of a limousine in New York City? 
 
[Bill Collins]  Yeah, riding around in the dark. 
 
wanted wb
 

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Nilsson & Harrison 字幕05

Nilsson & Harrison  14:20-17:28 字幕05 
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[Narrator]  A few weeks later, the band were back in the studio. In the room next door, singer Harry Nilsson was recording his own album. He called Badfinger in to listen to his new single. 
 
  #without you 
 
[Dan Matovina]  They were chuffed to meet this fellow, you know, and Pete did admire him, he loved Harry's solo records that he had done, so he said, "Would you come in the studio and just listen to this track I'm doing?" And they were just sitting there listening, and they're hearing Harry Nilsson covering Without You, and then you can imagine, when the chorus came in, everybody struck, I mean...  And he sings that big note, they said they were floored, they were like pinning themselves against the wall. 
 
  #without you 
 
[Dan Matovina]  Immediately, it became a worldwide sensation. Everybody was covering it - Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Sinatra. I mean, everybody was covering it or doing it live. 
 
  #without you 
 
[Deke Leonard]  They achieved the goal of every self-respecting songwriter in that they wrote a standard, you know, which is... I mean, that's up there with White Christmas, isn't it? 
 
[Narrator]  George Harrison took an interest in Badfinger, producing them in the studio and asking them to play on his own records. George was particularly impressed with Pete. 

[Beverley Tucker]  Pete was still quite in awe of George and couldn't quite believe that he was good enough to play with George, even though everyone kept saying to him, "He would not ask you if he didn't think you were good enough." 
 
[Nicky Bell]  I met George Harrison some years later and was having a conversation with him, and he told me how in awe of Pete he was, and Pete never knew that. 
 
 #day after day 
 
[Narrator]  George produced songs for Badfinger's next album, including the hit single Day After Day. 
 
 #day after day 
 
[Bob]  And on one song in particular, a slide guitar thing that Pete had come up with, George was so keen that in the studio he said, "Look, why don't we just do this together? I mean, this would be great double tracked." So he got really involved - not only in the production, but also sort of playing on the record. 
 
 #day after day 
 
[Narrator]  George chose Badfinger to be part of his backing band at the legendary Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in 1971. 
 
 #day after day 
 
[Beverley Tucker]  Pete was just so excited. It's one thing going in the studio with George, but to be on stage with George, and for George to asked him, erm...was... ..the highest compliment he could have got from anyone. 
 

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