The incredible buzz over the record-breaking Sept. 29 finale of “Breaking Bad” which included Badfinger’s “Baby Blue,” a song from the Beatles’ Apple record label, rocketed the tune to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes charts earlier today, reported the Original Badfinger Facebook page. A report on Billboard.com said the song could re-enter the Billboard charts next week.
At this writing, “Baby Blue” sits at No. 16, still a pretty remarkable accomplishment. The album from which the song was taken, “Straight Up,” is also listed in the “What’s Hot” category on the download service.
The official Twitter account of “Breaking Bad” celebrated Badfinger with the tweet, “We can’t stop listening to Baby Blue, the final song from #BreakingBad.”
And actor Bryan Cranston, who played the lead role of Walter White on the show, also had something to say on Twitter. “The opening lyrics to Bad Finger’s song at the show’s end is Walt’s prophecy, ‘I guess I got what I deserve, … my baby blue.’ Goodbye Mr. White.”
The Washington Post reported the show ended with record-breaking ratings with 10.3 million viewers.
Badfinger member Joey Molland, in a statement about the song’s sudden popularity, said, “I wish the lads were all here to enjoy things like that. It’s a great Pete Ham song and a great Badfinger record. Cheers, everybody and thanks ‘Breaking Bad’ people…”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Molland said hearing the song on TV gave him a great feeling. “The song sounds great — I’ve always liked the record myself. It’s one of my favorites, for sure. It was a big hit for us, too. So it was great to hear it. And I’m glad they used our version of it and not a recut of it. It’s great, you know? Today it’s in the charts, and yesterday it was kind of like an oldies record!”
He said he’s hopeful the song’s instant popularity will bring the group to a new generation of fans. “Who knows? Maybe people will start looking at Badfinger records again.”
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