27 Facts About Richard Marx


Richard Noel Marx was born on September 16,1963 and is an American adult contemporary and pop rock singer-songwriter.


Richard Marx is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the top 5 of the Billboard charts.


Richard Marx has written or collaborated on songs with other artists, including "This I Promise You" by NSYNC and "Dance with My Father" by Luther Vandross.


Richard Marx has three half-siblings from his father's previous marriage.


Richard Marx was 17 and living in Highland Park, Illinois when a tape of his songs ended up in the hands of Lionel Richie.


Richard Marx said one of the first musicians he met in Los Angeles was Fee Waybill of The Tubes with whom he has collaborated at least 30 times.


Richard Marx called Waybill "my life-long best friend" and said Waybill is godfather to his children.

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Richard Marx's self-titled debut album, released in June 1987, yielded four hit singles and went triple platinum.


Richard Marx became the first new artist played on 117 radio stations nationwide during his initial week on the charts.


Richard Marx performed the Beatles' "Help" at the Berlin Wall in late 1989.


In 1991, Richard Marx released his third consecutive platinum album Rush Street.


In early 1994, as he and his family permanently left Los Angeles behind and returned to Chicago, Richard Marx released Paid Vacation, and scored his fourth consecutive platinum album.


In 2000, Richard Marx debuted his sixth studio album, titled Days in Avalon.


In 2008, Richard Marx released Duo, on which he collaborated with Vertical Horizon's lead singer Matt Scannell.


In Episode 102 of the first season, Richard Marx appeared along with Kenny Loggins, Nathan Lee, and rock band Three Doors Down.


On December 6,2008, Richard Marx headlined a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research, "Newsapalooza", sponsored by WLS-AM's Roe Conn program, in which Richard Marx both performed several of his hits with his band and accompanied Chicago broadcast news reporters and anchors covering rock hits.


Richard Marx played piano on the song "Here" and produced Matt Scannell's vocals on two tracks for Vertical Horizon's 2009 album, entitled Burning the Days.


In March 2010, Richard Marx released Stories To Tell, his first fully acoustic album.


On May 3,2011, Richard Marx was invited onto the stage at the Curran Theater in San Francisco by Hugh Jackman.


Jackman and Richard Marx sang "Right Here Waiting" together, with Richard Marx changing the lyrics of the last chorus to "right here waiting for Hugh".


On November 1,2011, Richard Marx released The Christmas EP, a five-song collection of Christmas songs.


In October 2012, Richard Marx followed up The Christmas EP with a full album of holiday tracks that he called Christmas Spirit.


On July 8,2014, Richard Marx released his eleventh studio album, Beautiful Goodbye.


Richard Marx appears as himself in the 200th episode of The Goldbergs, "The Wedding" which aired in March 2022.


On January 8,1989, Richard Marx married singer, dancer, and actress Cynthia Rhodes, who appeared in Staying Alive, Flashdance, and Dirty Dancing.

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On December 23,2015, Richard Marx married entrepreneur and former MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes in Aspen, Colorado, as confirmed on his official Facebook page.


On December 21,2016, it was reported that Richard Marx helped Korean Air flight attendants pacify an unruly, possibly intoxicated passenger while he and his wife were aboard a flight bound from Hanoi to Seoul, even providing photographic evidence of the incident.