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Richard Marx

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Chicago, United States (1963 – present)

Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a best known for his music. He had a string of successful hit singles in the late and early such as “Right Here Waiting,” “Hazard,” and “Hold on to the Nights.” Although most of his successful songs are slow ballads like these, many of his songs have an upbeat, style, examples being “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Should’ve Known Better,” “Satisfied,” and “Wait for the Sunrise”. Marx placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the top 5 on the U.S. top singles charts.

Marx was born to Dick and Ruth Marx. Marx grew up in a mixed faith household where father was Jewish and his mother was a Christian. His father was a jingle writer for commercials for popular products such as ‘Chicken of the Sea’, which is where Marx got his start writing at the tender age of five. His father also was talented musician, well-known in the Chicago area.

At the age of 17, Marx created a demo to showcase his talents, which landed in the hands of soul artist Lionel Richie. Richie invited Marx to Hollywood saying, “I can’t promise you anything, but you should come to L.A.” Marx would eventually appear as a background singer in Richie’s songs “You Are” and “Running With the Night” as well as on Richie’s follow-up album, which included the smash hit “All Night Long”.

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Marx’s first album, a self-titled work, went multi-platinum, selling nearly 4 million copies. He also earned his first #1 single, “Hold on to the Nights”, which he told Songfacts.

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