Tom Evans co-wrote the Badfinger classic Without You with the band’s vocalist/guitarist Pete Ham. While the song has been covered by Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey, the original Badfinger version has a beautiful, fragile quality that those artists could never hope to get close to. Evan’s bassline on the song’s intro is a thing of beauty.
As a bassist, Tom had a melodic sensibility in common with Paul McCartney (Baby Blue and Day After Day provide further evidence). Badfinger had close ties with The Beatles having been signed to Apple Records; Macca wrote the 1969 Badfinger single Come And Get It. A veil of tragedy hangs around the legacy of Badfinger. You can read about that stuff elsewhere. We’d prefer to remember them as a great rock band with a beautifully melodic bassist.
Band: Badfinger/The Iveys
Gear: Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Gibson EB-3