Joseph "Joey" Charles Molland is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans four decades. He is best known as a member of Badfinger, the most successful of the acts he performed with.
In 1965, he joined The Masterminds. It was at a Masterminds gig at The Blue Angel club in Liverpool when The Rolling Stones and their manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham showed up. Oldham was impressed with the band; most notably their cover of Bob Dylan songs. Oldham would produce a single for The Masterminds.
After this the group disbanded and Molland joined the backing group of The Merseys. Although never recording with the group, Molland accompanied them on tour. Molland's recording career began in earnest in 1967 when he joined Gary Walker (formerly of the Walker Brothers) for the group Gary Walker & The Rain. The Rain released several singles, an EP, and an album titled Album No. 1, which featured four Molland compositions.
After the break-up of The Rain, Joey received an invitation to audition for The Iveys in November of 1969. Joey was hired and The Iveys would soon be known by their new name, Badfinger. Joey Molland quit Badfinger in December of 1974 over disagreements in the band’s management and relocated to California.
In 1975 that Joey met up with drummer Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie) and bassist Mark Clarke (Colosseum, Uriah Heep). They decided to form a band that would eventually include keyboardist Peter Wood and call themselves Natural Gas. Natural Gas would release an album on Private Stock Records in 1976 and tour with Yes and Peter Frampton on his Frampton Comes Alive tour.
After Natural Gas’ demise, Joey would reunite with Tommy Evans and release two more albums as Badfinger. In 1984, Joey reunited with Mike Gibbins as Badfinger for a U.S. “British Invasion Anniversary” tour. Two years later, Joey and Mike would put a new Badfinger band together and would tour regularly for several years.
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