Baby Blue (Badfinger song)
|Single by Badfinger|
|from the album Straight Up|
|Released||20 March 1972 (US)|
|Badfinger singles chronology|
"Baby Blue" is a song recorded by the rock/pop band Badfinger for inclusion on their 1971 album, Straight Up. The song was written by Pete Ham, produced by Todd Rundgren, and released on Apple Records.
Ham wrote the song about a woman named Dixie Armstrong, whom he had dated during Badfinger's last US tour.
"Baby Blue" was released as a single in the US on March 6, 1972, in a blue-tinted picture sleeve and featuring a new mix. Because Al Steckler, the head of Apple US, felt that it needed a stronger hook in the opening, he remixed the track with engineer Eddie Kramer in February 1972, applying heavy reverb to the snare during the first verse and middle eight. It would become the group's last Top 20 single, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
However, the chaos that was enveloping the Apple UK operation at the time was strongly evident with regard to this song. While Apple US gave the song a picture sleeve and a remix to ensure that it was a hit, Apple UK remained unaware of its commercial potential. Although the single was even assigned a release number for the UK (Apple 42), "Baby Blue" was never actually released as a UK single.
Despite Badfinger's four top-20 Apple singles, Badfinger would only release one more single on Apple Records, "Apple of My Eye" in December 1973.
Other uses and resurgence of popularity
The song appeared in the US drama series Breaking Bad, where it was played during the closing scene of the show's final episode. Following the song's use in the hit show, streams online increased in popularity exponentially almost immediately following the broadcast. The song is, according to Nielson SoundScan, selling over 5,300 downloads since the broadcast. Billboard.com predicts that the song "could return to the Billboard charts as well, most likely with a placing on the Rock Digital Songs chart." Joey Molland, the last surviving member of the classic lineup of Badfinger, took to Twitter to express his excitement at the song's use in the finale and subsequently began to retweet news articles about the song's usage in the finale. This appearance led to a 2,981 percent increase of sales of the song as well as over 9,000 percent increase in streaming over Spotify.
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