WCSX Classic Cuts
Foreigner: “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
The Hook: Lou Gramm nailed the vocal on the first take, then spent a couple of days unsuccessfully trying to sing it better..
Writers: Mick Jones and Lou Gramm
Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Rock Tracks chart..
Background: Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” went to number-one on the Rock Tracks chart and nearly topped the pop chart, as well. Singer Lou Gramm tells what stands out about that song for him.
Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm on “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” OC:…first take. :24
“I think that’s the epitome of a power ballad. That’s how I see a ballad as being. We ended up using my first take on the vocals. I just went in and sang it, not even thinking about it, or considering that it would ever be the take to use. I’m really glad we saved it and didn’t go over it, ‘cause I spent the next two or three days trying to better that, and upon repeated listening, we stayed with the very first take.”