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The Iveys

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Known today as “the band that became Badfinger” as well as for their single “Maybe Tomorrow”, British band ‘The Iveys’ started as Pete Ham, David “Dai” Jenkins, Ron Griffiths, and Terry Gleeson. Originally called ‘The Wild Ones’, they changed their name to ‘The Iveys’ in late 1964. They played at various local pubs in South Wales, building steam.

In early ‘65, they replaced Gleeson with drummer Mike Gibbins and started becoming quite popular on the local circuit as they would open for nationally known rock acts (including The Moody Blues, The Yardbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, Pink Floyd and many others) as those groups played Wales. In the spring of ‘66, they met Bill Collins who showed a great interest in the group. Collins eventually became their manager after moving the band to his place in London. The Iveys played various pubs and functions in and around London as well as backing up-and-coming vocalist David Garrick, while recording their own material from around ‘66 to ‘67.

The band’s work generated some interest with the likes of Decca Records, Phillips, and even Pye Records. Even Ray Davies of The Kinks was interested at one point after hearing some of their demos. By the end of ‘67, guitarist Jenkins left and was replaced by Tommy Evans (formerly of The Calderstones).

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