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John Charles Waite (born 4 July 1952) is an English musician. As a solo artist, he has released ten studio albums and is best known for the 1984 hit single " Missing You", which reached No. 1 on the US ''Billboard'' Hot 100 and the top ten on the
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. He was also the lead vocalist for the successful rock bands
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Career

Waite was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, and was educated at Greaves Secondary Modern and Lancaster Art College (The Storey Institute). As a performer, Waite first came to attention as the lead singer and bassist of
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, a British rock band that had moderate chart success. The band achieved two pop hits that both coincidentally peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Isn't It Time (The Babys song), Isn't It Time" (1977) and "Everytime I Think of You" (1979), and a solid following of their concert tours. Over the course of five years, the band produced five albums ending with the final album ''On the Edge'' in October 1980, after which the group disbanded. Waite subsequently launched his solo career with his 1982 debut album ''Ignition (John Waite album), Ignition'', which produced the hit single "Change (John Waite song), Change". The Chrysalis 45 failed to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 during its initial release (June 1982) but was a top track on album-oriented rock, AOR radio stations, as well as a very popular music video on MTV as the 'new' cable channel celebrated its first full year of operation. The song was originally recorded in 1981 (with slightly different lyrics) by the American rock band Spider (American band), Spider (which featured Amanda Blue, Holly Knight, and Anton Fig) and in 1985 was included on the platinum-selling ''Vision Quest'' soundtrack. When the single was reissued, it reached the Top 50 on the Hot 100. "Going to the Top" was released as the original follow-up single to "Change". His next album, ''No Brakes'', resulted in international success. It was a Top 10 ''Billboard'' album in the US due to the smash hit " Missing You" which went to No. 1 on the US ''Billboard'' Hot 100 singles chart. It knocked Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It?" out of No. 1. For that very reason, Turner later recorded and released Waite's smash song herself. (Turner's single peaked at No. 84 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1996). "Missing You" also hit No. 1 on Billboard (magazine), ''Billboard'''s Album Rock Tracks as well as the Top 10 of ''Billboard''s Adult Contemporary (chart), Adult Contemporary chart. ''No Brakes'' sold over a million and a half US copies, yet has never been certified above the RIAA Gold standard (a record company must apply to the RIAA for such certification). Two more singles from ''No Brakes'' followed, including "Tears" which was a Top 10 hit on the ''Billboard'' Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, Mainstream Rock chart. The next album ''Mask of Smiles'' followed in 1985, featuring the hit single "Every Step of the Way". Another single, "If Anybody Had a Heart", was released from the soundtrack of the 1986 film ''About Last Night...''. In 1987, ''Rover's Return (album), Rover's Return'' was released with the single "These Times Are Hard for Lovers". Waite would have another soundtrack appearance in 1990 from ''Days of Thunder'' with "Deal for Life". In 1988, Waite joined former Babys bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo, to form the Supergroup (music), supergroup
Bad English Bad English was an United States, American/United Kingdom, English glam metal Supergroup (music), supergroup formed in 1987. It reunited Journey (band), Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his form ...
. In 1989, the Bad English ballad "When I See You Smile" (penned by Diane Warren) went to No. 1 on Billboard (magazine), ''Billboard'''s Hot 100 and earned a Gold-certified single. Its parent album reached ''Billboard''s Top Five and sold nearly two million copies in the United States alone. Bad English released two albums before tensions amongst the members led to the band's dissolution by 1992. Waite then returned to solo work. He released the album ''Rough And Tumble''. He has continued to tour, such as in 2003 with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In 2006, "Missing You" was released as a duet with Alison Krauss and reached the Top 40 on the Country Charts in the United States. Waite appeared with Krauss on ''The Tonight Show'' on 5 February 2007 to perform the song. Waite's songs have reappeared in other media as well: 2013 saw "Missing You" featured heavily in the movie ''Warm Bodies (film), Warm Bodies'', and "Change" is on the soundtrack of the US movie ''Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues''.


Lawsuit against Universal Music Group

On 5 February 2019, Waite and Joe Ely filed a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG) claiming the company had violated their right to terminate grants of copyright. On 3 May 2019, UMG filed a motion to dismiss the case.


Personal life

Previously a longtime resident of New York City, since 2014 Waite makes his home in Santa Monica, California, Santa Monica, California.


Discography


Studio albums


Live albums


Compilation albums


EPs


Singles


References


External links


John Waite – Official Site
* [ Discography at allmusic.com]
Interview on Yuzu Melodies

John Waite Interview
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