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John Waite

As a solo artist and as the lead singer of the Babys and Bad English, John Waite was a fixture of album-oriented rock radio stations during the '70s and '80s. Waite had a talent for power ballads and driving arena rock, occasionally touching on new wave-styled power pop as well. Though he didn't consistently have hits, several of his songs -- including "Missing You," the Babys' "Isn't It Time," and Bad English's "When I See You Smile" -- became radio staples.

John Waite formed the Babys in London, England in 1976 with Wally Stocker (guitar), Mike Corby (vocals, keyboards), and Tony Brock (drums). Initially conceived as a teen pop band, the Babys earned a record contract based on the strength of a video demo they constructed with producer Mike Mansfield. Chrysalis pushed the band heavily, resulting in "Isn't It Time" becoming a hit in the U.S. and U.K. in 1977. As their career progressed, the Babys began to experiment with synthesized, new wave-inspired power pop, which resulted in a handful of minor hits. Jonathan Cain became the band's keyboardist in 1978, and he and Waite developed a close relationship. When Cain left the Babys to join Journey in 1981, the group disbanded.

Waite began his solo career the following year, releasing Ignition on Chrysalis. While the album generated the minor hit "Change," his second album, 1984's No Brakes, became a genuine Top Ten hit on the strength of the number one single "Missing You." While "Missing You" was an international smash, eventually becoming one of the best-remembered songs of the early MTV era, No Brakes produced only one other hit, the Top 40 "Tears." Its failure to produce another blockbuster was indicative of how Waite's solo career would proceed. Mask of Smiles (1985) barely managed a Top 40 entry ("Every Step of the Way"), but Rover's Return (1987) produced no hits, bringing Waite's career to a standstill.

With his career stalled, Waite formed the supergroup Bad English with former Babys Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips (bass), ex-Journey guitarist Neal Schon, and drummer Deen Castronovo. The group's eponymous debut, released in 1989 on Epic Records, became a platinum success after the power ballad "When I See You Smile" became a number one hit. "Price of Love" was a Top Ten hit in the wake of "When I See You Smile," but their 1991 follow-up, Backlash, suffered from the lack of one. Bad English broke up shortly after the album's release.

Waite resumed his solo career in 1995, releasing Temple Bar on Imago. Several albums appeared on various labels as the 21st century got under way, including Figure in a Landscape and Live & Rare Tracks from Gold Circle and One Way Records, respectively, in 2001, followed by Hard Way on No Brakes in 2004 and Downtown: Journey of a Heart on Frontiers in 2006. After a five-year hiatus, Waite returned with the appropriately named Rough & Tumble in early 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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This is the song for me.. Powerful words..about being forgotten..f e e l i n g left behind..but not wanting to face the truth....som e t h i n g to think about..
luckyheartz7 7
Catching my breath for Superman <3<3<3
One of the best songs ever :-) I think of my child hood
rbeach88
Many men don't cheat. And if one does cheat, it's cuz he did not get a samich like he wanted.
how can men write such - beautiful soulful -songs and be suck lying cheating asses?
John Waite one of the greatest lobe song writers of our modern time.yet the modern music machine like the Grammys have yet to really discovered John Waite.a true gem in the rough.
I Love john
John Waite = good tunes
Way honey iff you have a Gray heir I dont care iff you live cross the street I dont care I love you
Great Song of the eighties!
Bobonnit ?
Love it nothing better than the 80s
Epic Song!!! love it! I can listen to this song over and over again and still not get tired of it!
He sucks
We can change how we think, how we learn - changing is learning - but we can't change what is in our hearts. Tranquility and Ador.
John Waite is my favorite musician. He has the voice of an angel ♥
Love it
Love it
kittycake1
The acoustic version of this song is so heartbreakin g . *tears* missing someone sucks
C I miss you so much. Will the ache ever go away?
John Waite is awesome even now. His power love ballads can't be touched by all the other power ballad bands. You put some John Waite or Babys on with your love by the fireplace and sparks are gonna fly....
coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Awesome singer I love John waite
kwtkdmom
Saw him perform with Bad English in Gainesville when I was going to the University of Florida. Great concert & always enjoy seeing Neal Schon & Jonathan Cain since I'm a HUGE Journey fan, too.
LOVE HIS VOICE LOVE HIS LYRICS LOVE LOVE LOVE
rebeccaashcr a f t
Love the acoustic version.
This is definitely one of my Desert Island songs!
Great song!
I can lie to myself..
525433228
Ye, pamela, you're right about that. Missing You. Good song.
whats in your heart will never change...
roberto11176 8 2 0 0 1
@ Scott Reynolds - If what you are saying is true then my name is Steve Perry! Really? the most dynamic presence on stage?????? You must have never been to a Pink Floyd or Rolling Stones concert..... . Thanks for the good laught.
Had some good quality songs.
BettorsChat
I saw John Waite's band The Babys open for Styx in 1980(ish)and he was the most dynamic presence on the stage that night. He called out the pot mellowed crowd to Quit acting so cool! The Babys were tight. Styx was all over the place that night.
sistaflave
Saw JW in Detroit in 1984 with Scandal opening for him. Great show!!!
lauree5
Saw John Waite in concert when this song shot through the stratosphere , and he was incredible! He performed at the Hollywood Palladium, and it's one of the most treasured evenings, I ever spent at a concert!!!
Saw him at taste of MN last summer and was awesome! Love his voice!
this a great artist love his power in his voice.
jordan669
A great talent!!
nschulz70
Can't say a bad thing about him. I love him! Love him! Love him!
I was there in Sandy too. Great venue, but I was disappointed that hardly anyone showed up. Saw him 2 years ago at the Rockfest in Grand junction with about 60,000 people and he ROCKED then too.
valerienizza r d i n i
Saw John Waite in Concert in Sandy Utah over the Week end. What a great Time.
iglasalde
Puerto Rico's summer time, that what I remember, nitido.
ryanw4390
I agree Henry, there will never be a decade that take up 20 years ever again.
ciroalvarez
HES THE BEST
great artist reminds me of when i cruised the strip in VA beach
stjimirock
he is my favorite singer!!!!
love it
There will never be a decade like the 70's/80's, extremely fond memories.
hlhrutherfor d
great artist!
Well we were discussing John last night as we all got together and listened to a wide variety of music from the 60's to the 80's. We pulled up some Baby's and what a journey back but you have togive it to the boys because although very underestmate d they created some significant music for the day and loved here it again.
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