Hit show Breaking Bad to give old Badfinger classic a chart break
IT was one of the most eagerly anticipated television series finales in recent memory.
And the soundtrack to the final minutes of the final episode of American crime drama Breaking Bad was penned by Swansea music legend Pete Ham.
Since the credits rolled on the show on Sunday night the global streams of Badfinger's Baby Blue have reportedly rocketed by 9,000 per cent and it has started to make an impact on the iTunes charts.
BELOW: Badfinger perform Baby Blue:
The hit show, which followed the exploits of former chemistry teacher-turned drug dealer Walter White, was watched by a record 10.3 million viewers in the US, with countless more from the UK tuning in to watch it on Netflix, after it aired in America.
Baby Blue was originally recorded by Badfinger for in their 1971 album, Straight Up.
The Swansea rockers are best known for the worldwide smash hit Without You, which has been covered by Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey.
Singer Pete Ham committed suicide in 1975, and earlier this year was honoured with a Heritage Blue plaque at Swansea Railway Station. The event was followed by a tribute concert in his memory at the Grand Theatre, with performers including former band members.
Among those taking part was songwriter Mal Pope — who happened to sing the same song.
He said: "It was fantastic that they used the song.
"I sang it at the Pete Ham memorial concert because I have always had an affinity with the song, and have always loved it. And it was great that it was the band's own version as well.
"They are the group which never went away. It would have been wonderful if they'd had more success in their time.
"But I was chuffed to bits it was on the show. What with the success of the Swans and now this, it keeps the spotlight on Swansea."
The song became the group's last big hit, and has also featured in Martin Scorsese's 2006 Oscar-winning film, The Departed.
Uplands councillor Neil Ronconi-Woollard, who also sings in acclaimed alt-rock group Rag Foundation, added:
He said: "I was blown away when I heard Baby Blue at the end of Breaking Bad. I'm a huge fan of the show, which in my opinion is an instant classic.
"I only hope that the City of Culture panel are also fans of the show as it shows what a huge global reach and respect that Swansea music and culture has. Amazing!"