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Badfinger -- the Beatles' Apple Records proteges -- has suddenly become the hottest band in rock with the surprise inclusion of it's 1971 track "Baby Blue" playing over the last scene in the series finale of AMC's Breaking Bad. The track went on to top the iTunes charts and at press time sat at Number 16. The show's star, Bryan Cranston, who portrayed lead character Walter White posted on Twitter: "The opening lyrics to Bad Finger's song at the show's end is Walt's prophecy, 'I guess I got what I deserve, ... my baby blue.' Goodbye Mr. White."
"Baby Blue" was featured on Badfinger's 1971 Straight Up album and was written by the late Pete Ham and produced by Todd Rundgren. The single version, which featured a slightly tweaked remix, topped out at Number 14 in 1972. Pete Ham also wrote Badfinger's other hits "No Matter What," and "Day After Day" -- which was produced by George Harrison, and "Without You" -- which became a 1972 Grammy-winning chart-topper for Harry Nilsson. Pete Ham hanged himself in 1975 and in one of rock's most bizarre tragedies, his Badfinger bandmate and "Without You" collaborator, Tommy Evans, also hanged himself in 1983. Drummer Mike Gibbins died in 2005
Sole surviving Badfinger member Joey Molland said in a statement posted on BeatlesExaminer.com: "I wish the lads were all here to enjoy things like that. It's a great Pete Ham song and a great Badfinger record. Cheers, everybody and thanks Breaking Bad people."