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MISSING YOU (John Waite song)

Missing You (John Waite song)

B-side “For Your Love”
Released 23 June 1984
Format Cassette, vinyl
Recorded February 1984
Genre Rock
Length 4:01

“Missing You” is a song co-written and recorded by English musician John Waite. It was released in June 1984 as the lead single from the album No Brakes. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of 22 September 1984, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart. “Missing You” was the only #1 song from 1984 to only spend one week at the top of the charts (all other #1 singles in 1984 landed there for 2 or more weeks).

John Waite re-recorded the song with country/bluegrass artist Alison Krauss which appeared on her album A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, and released it to country music radio in 2007. The re-recording peaked at #34 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The original recording has been featured in the films, Selena (1997) and Warm Bodies (2013), the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the TV series Miami Vice (from the episode, “Heart of Darkness”, originally aired September 28, 1984), as well as in the comedy sitcom “Rules of Engagement”, in a scene at the diner where there is a flashback of Timmy and Russell’s best moments together (season 7, episode “A Wee Problem”, originally aired on 6 May 2013). It also appears in the film 22 Jump Street (2014) during the montage where main characters Schmidt and Jenko begin to miss each other after going their separate ways following a fight. The intro also features in the late eighties film “The Great Outdoors” with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. The song is mentioned by Sheila Weller as describing O. J. Simpson’s obsession with Nicole Brown Simpson and is the inspiration for the title of her book Raging Heart.

Original MTV personality Nina Blackwood said in the book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave that Waite had written the song about her. She later told the Tampa Bay Times that Waite confirmed this to her after the book’s publication.

In 1985, Waite was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for this song.