Thursday, January 30, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Richard Marx

Artist:Richard Marx
Song:Hold On To The Nights
Album:Greatest Hits

Richard Marx started out as a background singer and songwriter and then had three number one hits in the late 80s. Hold On To The Nights was his first number one hit. He still records and is still an in demand songwriter. He was born Sept. 16, 1963 in Chicago. His father was jazz pianist and jingle writer Dick Marx. Marx started out singing his dad's jingles. Marx was still in high school when a demo landed in the hands of Lionel Richie. Richie invited him out to Los Angeles and after graduating high school, Marx went there. Richie was recording his debut solo album and was having trouble with background vocals. Marx made a suggestion that worked and that's how he got started in the music business. He was singing background vocals on a 1984 Kenny Rogers album when he heard Rogers say he needed a new song. Marx brought him Crazy and the song was a number one country hit. Then Marx started working with producer David Foster. Meanwhile. Marx was trying to get a record deal and signed with Capitol Records in 1987. His first single from his 1987 album Richard Marx was Don't Mean Nothing and it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Hold On To The Nights was his first number one hit in 1988. His 1989 album Repeat Offender did even better and was certified 3XPlatinum. The singles Satisfied and Right Here Waiting both topped the charts. Right Here Waiting was a big hit internationally so it was his biggest hit. Marx was the first solo artist to reach the top five with his first seven singles. Of course it was all downhill from there. When Marx's 1991 album Rush Street wasn't as successful, he moved with actress wife Cynthia Rhodes (Dirty Dancing) and their kids to Chicago. Subsequent albums didn't sell and he left Capitol in 1997. You can get all his hits on this budget comp. Though Marx still records, he is better known in today's music industry as a songwriter. He has a songwriting credit on the new Jennifer Nettles album. Marx has announced plans for a new CD in 2014. Here's the video for Hold On To The Nights by Richard Marx.

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