On this day forty years ago Pete Ham of Badfinger took his own life, three days before he would have turned 28. Here’s the band performing one of his compositions, “No Matter What.”

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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.