Desmond Child (born John Charles Barrett, October 28, 1953) is an American musician, professional songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
His hits as a songwriter include "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Bad Medicine", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady), "Angel", "What it Takes", "Crazy", "The Cup Of Life" and "Livin' la Vida Loca".
His career started when he formed a soft rock band, Desmond Child & Rouge, in 1975. This band is known for their inclusion on the soundtrack to The Warriors in 1979, with the song "Last of an Ancient Breed". One member, Maria Vidal, went solo and had a hit in 1985 with "Body Rock".
Child has worked with various high-profile artists, including, Kiss, Cher, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Per Gessle, Ricky Martin, Selena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson, among many others. Child is credited with discovering Troy Tuminelli and recommending him to Edgardo Diaz before Tuminelli landed in Menudo, and, eventually, on Guiding Light. He was the key partner in Alice Cooper's album Trash (1989). Child was also responsible for the majority of song writing on Ratt's comeback album Detonator (1990).
He had a Billboard Top 100 hit in 1991 as a solo artist with "Love on a Rooftop".
He produced Meat Loaf's album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, and co-wrote six of its songs.
Child was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2008.
Desmond Child was inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013, Desmond Child co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame along with fellow Cuban-American composer Rudy Pérez.