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Meet John Waite [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

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Essential John Waite, 1992. (Craig Allen photo)

John Charles Waite was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England on July 4, 1952.

Waite was educated at Lancaster’s Storey Art College.

As we learned last week (click here), John Waite first came to attention as the lead singer and bassist of The Babys. Both of the band’s biggest hits, coincidentally, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100: “Isn’t It Time” (1977) and “Everytime I Think Of You” (1979).

After the Babys breakup in 1981, Waite embarked on a solo career.

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Ignition, 1982. (Craig Allen photo)

His 1982 debut album, “Ignition,” spawned the song “Change.”

While “Change” failed to chart during its initial release, it was popular on Album Rock radio stations, as well as a very popular music video on MTV.

In 1985, “Change” was included on the soundtrack to the movie “Vision Quest.”

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“Change,” cut #2. (Craig Allen photo)

The song was reissued as a single, and this time it reached #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (1985).

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“No Brakes,” 1984. (Craig Allen photo)

John Waite’s next album, “No Brakes,” brought his solo efforts international attention. It was a Top 10 Billboard album, due to the smash hit: “Missing You.”

“Missing You”  went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1984.

It knocked Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” out of #1!

“Missing You” also hit #1 on Billboard’s Album Rock chart, as well as the Top 10 of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Singles chart!

The follow-up single, “Tears” went to #37 (1984).

“Restless Heart” managed to land at #59, in early 1985.

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“Mask Of Smiles,” 1985. (amazon.com)

The next album, “Mask Of Smiles,” was released in 1985.

The single “Every Step of the Way” went to #25 on the charts.

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“Mask Of Smiles,” with original album label. (amazon.com)

Another single:

“If Anybody Had A Heart,”  (#76/1986) came from the soundtrack of the 1986 Demi Moore movie “About Last Night…”

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“Rover’s Return,” 1987. (amazon.com)

The 1987 album, “Rover’s Return,” resulted in the single “These Times Are Hard For Lovers.”

Waite would have another soundtrack appearance in 1990 with ”Deal for Life,” from the Tom Cruise movie “Days Of Thunder.”

While working on his solo projects, John Waite joined a “supergroup” in 1988!

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“Bad English,” 1990. (Craig Allen photo)

He reunited with former Babys band mates Jonathan Caine and Ricky Philips, along with Neal Schon from Journey, and drummer Deen Castronovo, to form “Bad English.”

“When I See You Smile” was a #1 smash in 1989!

The Bad English album reached Billboard’s Top Five, and sold nearly two million copies in the United States alone! Bad English released two albums before breaking up in 1992.

John Waite would resume his solo work, and since 1995 has produced five solo albums including his latest, called “Rough And Tumble,” released in 2011.

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(amazon.com)

Waite still tours, including a 2003 stint with Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band…and Waite opened for Journey in 2005!

In 2006, “Missing You” was released as a duet with Alison Krauss.

This brought John Waite a whole new audience, as the duet reached #34 on the Country Charts!

Earlier this year, the original “Missing You” was featured in the movie “Warm Bodies.”

A longtime New York City resident, John Waite now lives in Santa Monica, California.

What else is John Waite up to? Check out his (very detailed) official European website, here!

Or say HI! on facebook, here!

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