Ignition is the debut solo album by English singer-songwriter John Waite (ex-vocalist for The Babys). It was released on Chrysalis Records on June 29, 1982 and produced by Neil Giraldo (producer/guitarist for Pat Benatar, who was on the same label).
Two singles were lifted from the record: the Holly Knight-penned “Change” which initially failed to make a significant dent on any chart except for the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, where it scored the No. 16 position. It was, however, one of MTV’s most popular early videos. Upon the 1985 release of the soundtrack to the film Vision Quest, the single was re-issued and broke into the top 50 on the Pop charts. Its follow-up single was “Going to the Top”.
A few well-known musicians guested on the album as well. Singer Patty Smyth (then in the band Scandal) handled vocal backing, and drummer Frankie LaRocka (also from Scandal) and bassist Don Nossov (who also played with Benatar) guest here.
“White Heat” 3:22 “Change” 3:15 “Mr. Wonderful” 4:07 “Going to the Top” 4:36 “Desperate Love” 3:55 “Temptation” 2:59 “Be My Baby Tonight” 3:22 “Make It Happen” 3:18 “Still in Love with You” 3:42 “Wild Life” 3:23
John Waite – lead vocals Bruce Brody – keyboards, pianos Ivan Kral – keyboards, pianos, rhythm guitars Tim Pierce – lead guitars Spyder Downtone Butane James – guitar solo on “Mr. Wonderful” Donnie Nossov – bass, backing vocals Frankie LaRocka – drums, percussion Crispin Cioe – saxophones Arno Hecht – saxophones “Hollywood Paul” Litteral – trumpets Rahni Kugel – backing vocals Ilana Morrilo – backing vocals Patty Smyth – backing vocals Mark Betz, Brendan Bourke, Dave Lang, Chris Pollan, Suzan, John Waite and John Elijah Wright
No Brakes is the second solo album by John Waite. It was released in the United States June 1984 on the EMI America label.
It features Waite’s biggest hit single “Missing You” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks and the Billboard Hot 100. No Brakes was certified Gold in September 1984 – three weeks prior to breaking into the Top 10 of Billboard’s album chart.
The album’s second single, “Tears”, made the 10 of the Album Rock Tracks and the Top 40 of the Hot 100.
“Saturday Night” – 2:46 “Missing You” – 4:30 “Dark Side of the Sun”- 3:57 “Restless Heart” – 4:27 “Tears” – 3:59 “Euroshima” – 5:05 “Dreamtime/Shake It Up” – 5:10 “For Your Love” – 3:38 “Love Collision” – 3:51
John Waite – lead and backing vocals Gary Myrick – guitars Bruce Brody – keyboards Donnie Nossov – bass, backing vocals Curly Smith – drums Steve Scales – percussion
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Paul Bernard Rodgers (born 17 December 1949) is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his success in the 1960s and 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company. He now lives in Canada as a naturalized Canadian citizen. After stints in two less successful bands in the 1980s and early 1990s, The Firm and The Law, he became a solo artist. He has more recently toured and recorded with Queen. Rodgers has been dubbed “The Voice” by his fans. A poll in Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 55 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. In 2011 Rodgers received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Rodgers has been cited as a significant influence on a number of notable rock singers, including David Coverdale, John Waite, Steve Overland, Lou Gramm, Jimi Jamison, Eric Martin, Steve Walsh, Joe Lynn Turner, Paul Young, Bruce Dickinson, Robin McAuley, Jimmy Barnes, Richie Kotzen. Joe Bonamassa, and the late Ronnie Van Zant. In 1991, John Mellencamp called Rodgers “the best rock singer ever”. Freddie Mercury, the original Queen vocalist, in particular liked Rodgers and his aggressive style. – Wikipedia
John Charles Waite (born 4 July 1952) is an English musician. He was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English. As a solo artist, 1984’s “Missing You”, was a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart.
The Babys are a British rock group best known for their songs “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You”. Both songs were composed by Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy, and each reached #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Cashbox chart in the late 1970s. The 1976–1978 Babys line-up consisted of keyboardist/guitarist Michael Corby, vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock and guitarist Wally Stocker. The brainchild of Michael Corby and Adrian Millar, the group signed a contract that was the highest ever for a new music act at the time. Two studio albums, The Babys and Broken Heart went without incident and were well received. However trouble emerged with Head First and Brock, Waite and Stocker remained with Chrysalis and continued to record as The Babys. Corby has always denied their right to do so and had publicly produced documents to prove his title to the business name used by Waite, Brock and Stocker. That was however, back in 1977. Corby no longer owns the rights to the name of The Babys. The name is now owned by Tony Brock. There are publicly produced documents that confirms that fact – dated in 2013.
Bad English was an American/British hard rock supergroup formed in 1987, reuniting keyboardist Jonathan Cain from Journey with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his former bandmates in The Babys. – Wikipedia