Saturday, June 26, 2010

Whatever Happened to John Waite?

The Babys was a British power pop band initially marketed to Bay City Rollers fans at a time when punk and new wave were revolutionizing the music industry. Their 1977 single Isn't It Time? charted on the U.S. top 40. Although the quartet led by singer John Waite looked the part of Bowie era rockers, the catchy song was a throwback to the Motown and Stax sound of the 1960s.

In the 1980s, the telegenic Mr. Waite embarked on a successful international career boosted by ample exposure of his videos on MTV. Although Missing You, a soundalike of Every Breath You Take by the Police, was a monster hit, I count Change as one of my all time favorites. Patty Smyth provided the backing vocal.

John Waite scored another 1980s hit with the power ballad, When I See You Smile, as the vocalist for Bad English. According to Wikipedia, Waite lives in my neighboring city, Newport Beach, and continues to perform and record.

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