1977 The Babys – Isn’t It Time
Adrian Millar became the manager of a new group when he and musician Michael Corby signed an agreement to form a band in 1975. They held auditions to select the other members of the group. The members became Michael on keyboards and guitar, John Waite singing lead vocals and playing bass, Tony Brock on drums, and Wally Stocker on lead guitar. Adrian’s girlfriend suggested the name of the band and the unusual spelling for the name, The Babys.
The band signed with Chrysalis Records in 1976 and released their first album in 1977. The group wrote most of the songs on the album, but it did not generate much in the way of success.
The group’s second album included Isn’t It Time, a song written by Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy. The single peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 in late 1977, giving the band some much-needed airplay. The song featured back-up vocals from Lisa Freeman Roberts, Myrna Matthews, and Pat Henderson from the gospel group Andrae Crouch and the Disciples.
The group reached #13 again in 1978 with another single written by Jack and Ray, Every Time I Think Of You.
Adrian was fired from managing the group as a result of a dispute with the group’s record label, and Michael left the group soon after. Two new musicians joined the group, Jonathan Cain on keyboards and Ricky Phillips on bass.
The group’s last top forty single came in 1979 with the release of Back On My Feet Again, which peaked at only #33.
Disappointed by the poor sales that resulted from what they thought were excellent recordings and live appearances, the group finally disbanded in 1981.
John began a successful solo recording career and released a number one single (Missing You) from his second album.
Jonathan joined Journey just as the group hit it big and wrote many of their songs.
John, Jonathan, and Ricky formed Bad English in 1987 with Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo. The band hit the top of the Hot 100 with the single When I See You Smile in 1989. When the group broke up in 1991, Ricky joined Styx and John returned to his solo career.
Tony became Rod Stewart’s drummer. Wally also played in Rod’s band, and he and Tony both played with Elton John and Air Supply.
In 2013, Tony and Wally reformed The Babys with the addition of John Bisaha on bass and Joey Sykes on guitar. The new band has continued to tour and even recorded a new album in 2014.
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