On this day in 1983, Tom Evans became the second original member of Badfinger to commit suicide. The first was Pete Ham in 1975. Both deaths were apparently caused in no small part by bad contracts and lawsuits that deprived the band of most of the money their songs generated. It’s all so sad.

Here’s Badfinger performing one of their classics, “Take It All,” with Ham and Evans on vocals.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.