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The Mission: To induct John Waite into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since he is the most potent singer of the rock era and he belongs there. In a career that has spanned over four decades, his brilliance and ability to express the soul's romanticism needs to be recognized. It is the reason we listen to and love music after all. The sheer volume of work by this man should be enough for he has touched so many lives whether or not they are aware of...
The Babys -- as lead singer/bassist of this still-adored seminal English rock band of the 1970s. The vocal alone on Isn't It Time warrants entry, as the bridge itself is so mountainous, and the top notes are hit with the same wild intensity as those in the lower velvet range.
Bad English -- was the super of super rock groups, whose first album reached platinum and gold status. Their fiery anthems and power rock ballads of stunning virtuosity comprise a remarkable catalog of songs like When I See You Smile, How Did I Get By, Forget Me Not, Rockin' Horse, and Best of What I Got.
The Voice -- that sparkling rock and roll voice. Huskier for sure, yet crushed and silken as ever, with steadfast nuanced delivery and phrasing. His stirring renditions of songs from Bob Dylan to Bill Withers to Led Zeppelin often outshine the originals.
Rough & Tumble -- the most recent and astonishingly raw studio album produced a number one hit of the same name on adult contemporary charts and was in contention for a Grammy nomination. If You Ever Get Lonely, an achingly beautiful song was just released by country duo Love & Theft and is climbing the country music charts.
The Songs -- are diverse and eclectic with a lyrical vibrancy of melodic and harmonic beauty. Each album contains pivotal songs that reflect a liquidity of references that have influenced countless other musicians.
Missing You, the classic number one USA hit, is a timeless song of love denial and sung in the unique blues rock style he created as a young English rocker. Distinct and mesmerizing, it is a sound frequently imitated yet never surpassed. No Brakes, the original album this single was on reached gold. Its staggering revival, with legendary bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss, forges a line down into the very roots of rock and roll. It has been covered by luminary artists such as Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and Brooks & Dunn.
Change, the high rotation MTV hit, is a song indelibly fixed in memories of this once revolutionary music channel. In Dreams, an original song written for the movie True Romance is so hauntingly lovely it often drives people to tears during the live shows.
The Performances -- are always stellar and religious and intense. The blazing Rough & Tumble tour itself was a tribal bond of the star to his audience and was a sublime cohesion of love and artistry. This tour has brilliantly been captured on the 2013 release of John Waite Live All Access. Whether he is with a full band, unplugged or purely a cappella, this enchanting artist always leaves the audience hypnotized.
*In Dreams video: Unsteady Freddie. Thx Freddie.
**Special Thx: Michelle Boyer Charles
The JohnWaite2RockHall petition to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was written by staceybee_lissargenta and is in the category Music at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: john waite, the babys, bad english, rock and roll hall of fame, british singers