As the curtain lowered one final time for AMC’s “Breaking Bad”, many of the 10.3 million viewers sought information on show’s concluding background song, “Baby Blue” performed the classic British rock group made famous by the Beatles – Badfinger.
The acclaimed crime drama created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul came to a dramatic and fitting conclusion, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) died alone, just moments before police arrived at his infamous drug lab. While some viewers instantly recognized Badfinger’s hit song, others probably heard “Baby Blue” for the first time, in part because the Badfinger song was released in 1972.
With its memorable opening lyrics “Guess I got what I deserved” and a chance reference to Walter White’s blue meth, “Baby Blue” it was also a fitting song for Breaking Bad’s finale, now one of the the hottest singles on the internet. ShowBiz 411 reports the classic rock song is No. 27 on iTunes and No. 58 and Amazon.com and Mashable is reporting streams of “Baby Blue” have risen a remarkable 9,000 percent. The song is also one of the leading trending topics on Twitter with the show’s finale, “Felina”, accounting for 1.24 tweets and You Tube videos of the song are receiving countless viewers and comments paying tribute to Walter White, Jesse Pinkham and the rest of the cast members of “Breaking Bad” after five award winning seasons.
Badfinger made world news in 1968 by signing with the Beatles’ Apple Records, becoming the first band other than the Beatles on the legendary record label, whose studios are located on London’s fabled Abbey Road. The following year, “Come & Get It”, written and produced by Paul McCartney was an instant hit, reaching No. 4 in the UK and No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song bearing distinctive lyrics and sounds similar to the Beatles, also was a featured song in the 1969 British comedy film “The Magic Christian” starring Peter Sellers, and Ringo Starr.
Although the Welsh band had a string of hit singles, including “No Matter What” and “Day After Day”, they never had a No. 1 song nor gained superstar status, despite being signed with Apple Records. During their most successful years, the band also had to endure endless comparisons to the “band from Liverpool” from music critics. Ironically, their last real hit was “Baby Blue”, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, yet curiously never made it on the UK charts.
Years after the band left Apple Records, the band suffered financial losses due to misappropriation of funds from its business manager Stan Polley. Badfinger’s financial ruin led to the suicde of principal songwriter and lead singer Pete Ham, who blamed Polley, despite having a pregnant girlfriend. Not long after the band lost its leader, another tragedy in the band occurred when original member Tom Evans also committed suicide. Another original band member passed away in 2005 – drummer Mike Gibbins.
Since “Breaking Bad” premiered on AMC in 2008, the series won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, including three consecutive Best Actor awards for Bryan Cranston and two Best Supporting Actor awards for Aaron Paul. The show has been widely considered to be one of the best television shows ever and finally won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last Sunday. Its biggest audience came last night and likely created more fans for Badfinger, who like some fans of Walter White believed, may have deserved a better fate.