Saturday, 3 July 2021

PAUL MCCARTNEY PRESENTED ‘COME AND GET IT’ TO BADFINGER


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When McCartney was commissioned to write a song for the film, The Magic Christian, starring Ringo , Paul would end up writing ‘Come and Get It’, which was then recorded by Badfinger under Paul’s guidance and would prove to be the band’s long-needed breakthrough.

Before Badfinger became the international sensation we now know them as, they were called The Iveys. Consisting of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Joey Molland, and Tom Evans, it seemed like they were having a hard time making it to the next level. Their last single hit a wall at number 67 in the charts.

The connection between the Fab Four and Badfinger is a close one: the latter’s manager at the time, Bill Collins, had played in a jazz band with McCartney’s dad, and when the opportunity arose, Collins introduced his group to Mal Evans, The Beatles’ roadie.

After the Iveys changed their name to Badfinger (named after the first draft of ‘With A Little From My Friends’ – ‘Bad Finger Boogie’), Badfinger became the first band to be signed to Apple Records. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paul presented ‘Come and Get It’ to the group, and had a hunch that if they recorded it exactly the way he had it on his demo, it would get them their first international hit. “McCartney said, ‘Look, I’ve got this song; I’ve been asked to do the film and I really don’t have the time. Do you wanna do it?'” Tom Evans told Glenn A. Baker in 1983. 
 
“I said to Badfinger, ‘Okay, it’s got to be exactly like this demo,’ because it had a great feeling on it,” Paul recalled. “They actually wanted to put their own variations on, but I said, ‘No, this really is the right way.’ They listened to me – I was producing, after all – and they were good,” McCartney added, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

Macca had recorded his demo of the simple but catchy tune with engineer, Phil McDonald, when it was briefly considered for Abbey Road. A few days after he finished his version, he showed Badfinger the song on August 2nd, 1969. “Just copy that, the way it is, and I think you’ll have a hit with it,’ you know? So, we all learned all the parts on it. We did it in about three hours,” Evans added.
 
Badfinger’s ‘Come and Get It’ peaked at number four in the UK and number seven in the US. It was a hit. 
 
 
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