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Badfinger (Tom Evans; Mike Gibbins; Pete Ham; Joey Molland)

1 of 2 portraits by Leslie Smithers

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Badfinger (Tom Evans; Mike Gibbins; Pete Ham; Joey Molland)

by Leslie Smithers
giclée print, March 1970
14 1/4 in. x 16 in. (362 mm x 407 mm) image size
Given by Leslie Smithers, 2013
Photographs Collection
NPG x137705

Sittersback to top

  • Tom Evans (1947-1983), Musician, songwriter and member of 'Badfinger'. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
  • Mike Gibbins (1949-2005), Drummer and songwriter; Member of 'Badfinger'. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
  • Pete Ham (1947-1975), Singer, songwriter and guitarist; member of Badfinger. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
  • Joey Molland (1947-), Rock guitarist and composer; member of 'Badfinger'. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify

Artistback to top

  • Leslie Smithers (1949-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 2 portraits, Sitter associated with 2 portraits.

Events of 1970back to top

Current affairs

Edward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.

Art and science

Germaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.


Four aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.

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Leslie Smithers

18 October 2018, 18:54

My sole intention for this portrait of Badfinger was to make it as raw as possible, depicting a true rock n' roll band without that manicured style so popular amongst record label's at the time. Apple's Derek Taylor, who had commissioned the shoot, congratulated me on my approach to the shoot, adding he'd like me to photograph the Beatles in that same gritty style. Having known Derek for a couple of years I knew that his word was his bond and this suggestion was truly exciting for me. Unfortunately with the Beatles break up happening, then this wasn't to be. Leslie Smithers