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Name: Pete Ham  
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Date of Birth: 27th April 1947
Place of Birth: Swansea, W. Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Profession: Composer
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William Peter Ham (April 27, 1947 - April 23, 1975) was a Welsh singer and songwriter, best known as the leader of the ill-fated group Badfinger.

Ham was born in Swansea, and formed the group while still in his teens. In 1968, the group was "discovered" by Paul McCartney and recorded for the Apple label. After four hits, they became embroiled in financial problems, and Ham hanged himself, to be followed eight years later by the suicide of his friend and fellow band member Tom Evans. Together, Ham and Evans wrote the classic hit "Without You".

Peter Ham left behind a pregnant girlfriend and his personal estate was nearing foreclosure. His suicide note accused Badfinger's manager of stealing the band's royalties.

It read: "Anne, I love you. Blair, I love you. I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better. Pete. P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me."

Two collections of demo recordings that Pete Ham made at home using his two track Revox have been released posthumously: 1997's 7 Park Avenue and 1999's Golders Green. The two releases provide insight into Ham's important role in the development of the genre of music known as Power Pop.

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