Peter William "Pete" Ham (born April 27, 1947 in Swansea , Wales , † April 23, 1975 in London , England ) was a British rock musician who became famous primarily as the singer and guitarist of the rock band Badfinger .
In 1966 he was one of Badfinger's founding members, with whom he played until 1975. Although the other band members also composed songs, he was responsible for almost all of the band's hits. He also wrote the classic Without You with bandmate Tom Evans , which was covered by Nilsson and later by Mariah Carey .
In 1975 the band got into such severe legal and financial difficulties that the sensitive Pete Ham committed suicide on April 23 of the same year. He hanged himself in his garage at the age of 27 and is therefore counted as part of the so-called Club 27 .
A short time later, on May 31, 1975, his daughter Petera was born.
While none of his solo productions were published throughout his life, posthumously later found solo recordings of him appeared as 7 Park Avenue (1997) and Golders Green (1999).
- Pete Ham at Discogs (English)
- Memorial Site (English)
- Badfinger Library (English)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Ham, Peter William (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British rock singer and guitarist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 27, 1947|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Swansea , Wales , UK|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 23, 1975|
|Place of death||London , England, UK|