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Name: Richard Marx  
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Date of Birth: 16th September 1963
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Profession: Singer
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Richard Marx on the cover of his 1994 album Paid Vacation

Richard Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is an adult contemporary singer and songwriter. He had a string of successful hit singles in the 1980s and early 1990s, including "Right Here Waiting," "Hazard," and "Hold On to the Nights." Although most of his successful songs were slow ballads like these, even more of his songs had an upbeat, classic rock style, such as "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 US charts.

He was born to a Jewish father and a Christian mother; he revealed in an interview on VH-1 Classic that his favorite song that he performed from his first, self-titled album was "Have Mercy."

Marx went on to release a number of other albums that went largely unnoticed except for Rush Street's "Hazard", which depicted a man's rejection in a fictional version of Hazard, Nebraska. He released Paid Vacation in 1994, Days in Avalon in 2000 and My Own Best Enemy in 2004.

Richard Marx also sang with Donna Lewis, best known for her hit "I Love You Always Forever", on the track "At the Beginning" of the Anastasia soundtrack.

He has served as a writer/producer for an extensive list of other recording artists, including Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, 98 Degrees, Kenny Loggins, Emerson Drive, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, *NSYNC, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Brightman, SheDaisy, and Vince Gill.

Marx has been married to Cynthia Rhodes, who starred in the 1987 blockbuster Dirty Dancing and is a former lead singer for 80s pop band Animotion, since 1989. The couple have three sons: Brandon, Lucas, and Jessa.


  • Richard Marx (1987) (#8 US)
  • Repeat Offender (1989) (#1 US)
  • Rush Street (1991) (#35 US)
  • Paid Vacation (1994) (#35 US)
  • Flesh And Bone (1997) (#70 US)
  • Days Of Avalon (2000)
  • My Own Best Enemy (2004)


  • "Don't Mean Nothing" (1987) #3 US
  • "Should've Known Better" (1987) #3 US
  • "Endless Summer Nights" (1988) #2 US
  • "Hold On To The Nights" (1988) #1 US - 1 week
  • "Satisfied" (1989) #1 US - 1 week
  • "Right Here Waiting" (1989) #1 US - 3 weeks, #2 UK
  • "Angelia" (1989) #4 US
  • "Too Late To Say Goodbye" (1990) #12 US
  • "Children Of The Night" (1990) #13 US
  • "Keep Coming Back" (1991) #12 US
  • "Hazard" (1992) #9 US
  • "Take This Heart" (1992) #20 US
  • "Chains Around My Heart" (1992) #44 US
  • "Now And Forever" (1994) #7 US
  • "The Way She Loves Me" (1994) #20 US
  • "Until I Find You Again" (1997) #42 US
  • "At The Beginning" (with Donna Lewis) (1997) #45 US

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