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The singer and songwriter that would take the music world by storm in the 1980’s known as Richard Marx would be born in the city of Chicago in 1963. Marx was the son of a jazz musician as well as a mother who was a performer would begin singing at the age of five years old when he began singing commercial jingles for Arm and Hammer and Nestle Crunch.
Chicago At Heart
He would gain the notice of Lionel Richie who would say that he thought he could make it big but couldn’t promise anything. He would go on to graduate high school and then move to Los Angeles to begin his recording career as a solo artist as well as singing back up for Richie. He would go on to work in the studio setting and land jobs singing back up for numerous artists such as Madonna and Whitney Houston just to name a few.
Richard Marx would continue his collaboration with artists of the day but at the same time he would begin to pursue his own solo career. He would eventually be discovered by Bruce Lundvall of EMI Records who would later say that he new he had found a star. He and Marx would sign a deal and Richard would begin recording his new songs whenever he pleased.
Marking His Territory
He would go on to create a short ten track album that would be a start to his career. He would release his first full length album that would be self titled in the month of June in 1987. The first single off of the album was called Don’t Mean Nothing that would climb to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album would go to number one of the Billboard Album Rock Charts. It would eventually sell almost four million copies and would be certified platinum later on.
The album would contain other hit singles but the most successful song called Hold Onto the Nights would be Richard Marx’s first number one single. From this first album he would become the first male to have four singles to reach the top three positions of pop charts from their debut album. From that album he would be enabled to embark on his first tour, which would take him across the globe. During his tour he would open for the rock n’ roll ensemble REO Speedwagon although he would eventually start headlining his own personal performances and would stay on the road for over fourteen months.
His next album would be called Repeat Offender that was released in May of 1989, which would push the artist known as Prince out of the top position on the pop charts of that year. The album would eventually go multiple times platinum in the year of its release and would sell more than five million copies in the United States. The most notable single from the album would be the song called Right Here Waiting, which is still a staple on many easy listening stations of the present.
Marked and Poised for Stardom
The album would also contain the single Children of the Night, in which all royalties would be donated to the Los Angeles runaway children’s charity. He would again go on tour in support of the album but after a short break immediately go back into the studio to offer up his third full length studio album called Rush Street. The album, like all others, would go multiple platinum in a short amount of time as well as feature the likes of Luther Vandross and Billy Joel as back up singers on the record.
From this album he would have another string of successful singles as well as the chart topper around the world called Hazard. Then he would go on to release the next platinum album of his career called Paid Vacation shortly after he moved from Los Angeles back to his home city of Chicago.
Did you know that...
- ...Richard Marx would be hailed as one of the top male acts of all time.
- ...he released a greatest hits album in 1997.
- ...he has released a song about the hit female singer Madonna.