Badfinger’s “Baby Blue,” from the 1971 album Straight Up made a comeback to the charts earlier this week after the song was used in the series finale of AMC’s smash hit Breaking Bad.
“Baby Blue” sold 5,000 digital copies in the few hours following the Sunday night show, reported Soundscan. On Monday the song was #16 on iTunes and on Tuesday, it jumped to #13.
“Baby Blue” was written by Badfinger leader Pete Ham, and was one of the band’s top hits (it reached #14 in 1972).
Badfinger were active from 1968 to 1975, releasing four albums on the Beatles’ Apple label and having four consecutive Top 10 hits between 1970 and 1971 (including “Come and Get It” written and produced by Paul McCartney). Financial and legal troubles plagued the band in the years following and on April 24, 1975 Ham committed suicide, leaving a note that included damning comments about their manager Stan Polley. Despite attempts to revive the Badfinger legacy, with albums in 1978 and 1981, Tom Evans also took his own life on November 19, 1983.
Breaking Bad music supervisor, Thomas Golubic says, “The (Ham) estate called and said they were absolutely thrilled with this use. The band had a really unfortunate and tragic back history but what I find really nice is that these gifted artists who left the planet really early now get a chance to have some new life breathed into their songs. For the estates involved and one remaining member (Joey Molland) I hope this is a nice smile that brings Badfinger back into public light. It’s a wonderful, wonderful song.”