Day After Day (Badfinger song)

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"Day After Day"
Single by Badfinger
from the album Straight Up
B-side "Money" (US)
"Sweet Tuesday Morning" (UK)
Released 10 November 1971 (US)
14 January 1972 (UK)
Format 7" single
Genre Power pop[1]
Length 3:02
Label Apple
Writer(s) Pete Ham
Producer(s) George Harrison
Certification Gold
Badfinger singles chronology
"No Matter What"
"Day After Day"
"Baby Blue"

"Day After Day" is a song recorded by the rock band Badfinger for inclusion on their 1971 album, Straight Up. The song became a Gold record.


The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison,[2] who plays some of the slide guitar parts of the song along with Ham.[3] The record also features Leon Russell on piano. As the song was unfinished at the time Harrison left the Badfinger album to produce the Concert for Bangladesh, the final mix was done by Todd Rundgren, who took over Straight Up after Harrison's departure.


Released as a single in the US in November 1971 (January 1972 elsewhere), it would become the group's highest charting single there, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.[4] It also peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1972. It remains one of the band's best-known songs, most notably for the slide guitar solos. It went Gold in March 1972, becoming the band's first and only gold single. "Day After Day" reached number 10 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey.[5]



  • Pete Ham - lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Tom Evans - bass guitar
  • Joey Molland - backing vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Mike Gibbins - drums, percussion

Other Musicians[edit]

  • George Harrison - lead guitar, production
  • Leon Russell - piano

Live performances[edit]

Because of all of the overdubs, Badfinger was hesitant to play this song live for years, since it was impossible for a four-piece group to reproduce the single production. However, the song was included in the setlist for Badfinger's 1974 tour.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions and other uses[edit]


  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Various Artists – Golden Groups & Glitter Sounds". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1971 – My Sweet Lord, He's So Fine". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 106. ISBN 0-345-25680-8. 
  3. ^ Rodriguez, Robert (2010). Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970–1980 (illustrated ed.). New York: Backbeat Books. p. 41. ISBN 9780879309688. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 42. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 26. 
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