Day 266: Missing You

Song: “Missing You” by John Waite
Reached #1: September 22, 1984 (his first, 1 week)

…no matter what I might say…

Quick quiz: John Waite had 6 Top Twenty hits.  Name two.

OK, let’s be honest, you probably said “Missing You” and “that other one”.   While it’s a terrific song, it’s kind of a shame that this is the one lasting memory of his career.

It’s also been covered by a soul legend (Tina Turner), an iconic country duo (Brooks & Dunn), and re-done by Waite with Union Station’s Alison Krauss.  So it’s clear that Waite’s songwriting crosses genres and generations.

So why did “Missing You” dwarf his other hits?  I can’t answer for everyone, but I think it’s because this song is so smooth, and so well-crafted, that it stuck in our heads to the point where nothing else Waite did was as memorable.

Considering that Waite was not only a talented solo artist, but a member of two notable groups – The Babys and Bad English – you’d think we’d know him better.

But it’s the way of the world in pop music.  Sometimes you become a one-hit wonder despite having quite a few hits – if that one hit is big enough.

Tomorrow, a song that has become somewhat obsolete…

No other songs reached #1 on September 22.


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