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