Monday, August 22, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Babys

Artist:The Babys
Song:Back On My Feet Again
Album:The Best Of The Babys

The Babys were a highly touted band that were ultimately unsuccessful due to personnel problems and the subsequent split. They scored some hits including Back On My Feet Again in 1979 but they underperformed. Lead singer John Waite went on to a successful solo career. The Babys were formed in London, England in 1974 by guitarist Mike Corby and manager Adrian Miller. They held auditions and lead singer John Waite was the first to join followed by drummer Tony Brock and guitarist Wally Stocker. They moved to Los Angeles to record demos. The name The Babys was casting against type. Supposedly record companies wouldn't expect them to be a rock band as opposed to a bubblegum band. They signed with Capitol Records. Their 1977 debut album The Babys was recorded in Toronto with producer Bob Ezrin. The band wasn't happy with it and it didn't do as well as hoped. The second album Broken Heart was produced by Ron Nevison and it did a lot better. Isn't It Time was a top 20 hit. But then Corby left and he was replaced by Jonathan Cain who recorded a 1976 solo album. He seemed to really click with Waite. Bassist Ricky Phillips also joined. The 1979 album Head First was released before they joined and the single Every Time I Think Of You was a top 20 hit. That's probably their best known song. Union Jacks was the first album with the new lineup with new producer Keith Olsen. Back On My Feet Again reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the biggest hit from the album. The Babys released a fifth album On The Edge in 1980 but then they split up. The band just wasn't as successful as expected. This budget comp has their hits. Of course Waite had solo success with Missing You and then later he formed Bad English with Cain and Phillips. Cain was a member of Journey in the 80s. Stocker and Brock were in Rod Stewart's band for several years. Those two reformed The Babys in 2013 and that version of the band has recorded and they still tour. I guess they would be a nostalgia act at this point. Here's the video for Back On My Feet Again by The Babys.

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