Richard Marxwas born on September 16, 1963, in Winnetka, Illinois. He is an pop rock, adult contemporary singer, songwriter, and also a record producer. In the 1980's and 1990's he had many successful hit singles. He began his career when he was only 5 years old. He sang commercial jingles which were written by his father. Two of his hits were, Arm and Hammer, and Nestle Crunch. When Richard was 17, a tape which contained his songs, reached the hands of Lionel Richie. Richie believed that Richard had enough talent to make it big in the music industry. He suggested to Richard that he go to Los Angeles. After Richard graduated from high school, he went to Los Angeles and visited Lionel Richie. Lionel helped him with his background vocal on his first solo album. Lionel ended up singing on his album and Richard did backup for Lionel on the songs, You Are, Running With the Night, and All Night Long.
Richard got several jobs as a backup singer while he hung around the recording studios. He sang backup for Madonna and Whitney Houston, and others. He eventually became a songwriter. He heard Kenny Rogers make the statement that he needed a new song so he gave him a demo of Crazy, and Kenny recorded it. He also recorded Richardís song, What About Me, with Kim Carnes and James Ingram. The song hit number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and number 15 on the Hot 100 chart, in 1984. Crazy, hit number 1 on the Country chart and number 5 on the Adult chart. Not long after that, Richard went to work for David Foster and wrote songs for the group called Chicago and also for the R&B singer, Freddie Jackson. He also continued trying to make it in the music world on his own. Finally after being in Los Angeles for 4 years, the president of EMI/Manhattan Records heard Richards demo and knew he had a star right in the palm of his hand. He gave Richard a record deal and the opportunity to write and record whatever he wanted to. Richard contacted some friends of his and released a 10 track album. The album was the beginning of success for Richard Marx. Richard released his self titled debut album in 1987 and from it came 4 hit singles and sold almost 4 million copies in the United States. His hit singles were, Hold On To the Nights, Donít Mean Nothing, Shouldíve Known Better, and Endless Summer Nights. All four songs were in the top 4 on the charts.
Richard continues his success today and is still releasing hits. He has released a total of 8 albums and 25 singles during his career so far.
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