A band called The Iveys, who hailed from Swansea and Liverpool were signed to the Beatles Apple label in 1968. They changed their name to Badfinger and had several hit singles during 1970 - 1972.
Then, two of the Badfinger members, Pete Ham and Tom Evans came up with a song that should have changed their fortunes.
The band were sharing a house in London. Ham had written a song called 'If It's Love' but it needed a strong refrain. Tom Evans, distraught after the break up of a relationship wrote another song with the chorus that began, "I can't live, if living is without you."
The two friends put their songs together and came up with the masterpiece that is 'Without You.' They didn't release it as a single, (except in The Phillipines and Japan) but it did feature on their album No Dice (1970).
In 1972, Pete Ham and Tom Evans received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Best Song musically and lyrically.
Badfinger left Apple and were signed to Warner Brothers from 1973 - 1975. During this time there were managerial and financial struggles, which meant the band were not being paid royalties that were due to them. They were broke, while others were getting rich from their work.
At the age of 27, Ham hung himself in the garage of his Surrey home. He left behind a pregnant girlfriend. Ham also left a suicide note, blaming his business manager for his situation.
During the decade that followed, rows continued about the royalties for 'Without You' and sadly in November 1983, Tom Evans also took his own life. His body was found hanging from a willow tree in his garden.
Evans' wife, Marianne told an interviewer that Tom never got over the loss of his writing partner. He once said, "I want to be where Pete is, it's a better place than down here."
In 1993, Mariah Carey released an album called Music Box. 'Without You' was the third track on that album to be released as a single. Her version of it was very close to the Nilsson arrangement and in early 1994, it shot to No. 1 in the UK and in ten other countries.
In 1995, at America's Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) 'Without You' was recognised as one of the 50 most played songs of 1994.
Unbelievably, the lawsuits continued as Badfinger's management argued that the remaining band members had contributed to the composition of the song.