John Charles Waite (born 4 July 1952) is an English rock singer and musician. He was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English. As a solo artist, he scored several international hits, including 1984’s “Missing You”, a top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, reaching #1 in the US.
Waite launched his solo career with his 1982 debut album Ignition, which produced the hit single “Change”. The Chrysalis 45 failed to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 during its initial release but was a top track on 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 pulsating track was written by Holly Knight (The song was originally recorded in 1981 by Knight’s band Spider) and in 1985 was included on the Platinum selling Vision Quest soundtrack.
His next album, No Brakes, resulted in international attention – and was a Top 10 Billboard album in the US – due to the smash hit “Missing You” which went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. “Missing You” also hit #1 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks as well as the Top 10 of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
Waite would attempt to recreate the success of No Brakes on the subsequent albums, Mask Of Smiles (1985) and Rover’s Return (1987) with diminishing returns but the release of single “These Times Are Hard On Lovers” written by Desmond Child and John Waite did provide an opportunity for Jellybean and Rusty Garner to provide some excellent rock remixes.
These Times Are Hard For Lovers (Jellybean Mix) 6:01
These Times Are Hard For Lovers (Jellybean Edit) 5:15
These Times Are Hard For Lovers (Extended Rock Mix) 6:26
These Times Are Hard For Lovers (Instrumental) 4:30