Whatever We Started - Richard Marx

Remember when?

I remember it well

Richard Marx is a very handsome and talented American contemporary and pop & rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. For more than 20 years, Richard Marx has strongly made his mark on the music industry. His debut single “Don’t Mean Nothing” and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell 3 million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” became even more successful, selling over seven million copies all over the world. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the top five on Billboard’s singles chart, including the 1 hit “Hold On to the Nights,” “Satisfied” and the worldwide classic, “Right Here Waiting.” No one has equaled it.

Richard Marx began his career in 1987, and starting off with donating royalties to help build a room at NYU Medical Center so patients have a place to play while there. He donated to Make a Wish Foundation, in 2000 raising over $3 Million for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and on and on, many more. I want to give him all the praise he deserves but I am really here just to praise his talent and outstanding good looks. It's really hard to find a great singer anymore that resembles the past and then one so generous and I don't care if I am married with two kids I like to see such a good looking man sometimes. That's normal enough. I mean that is all guys do is look for pretty women so what if we find one every five to ten years that is fun to look at and can sing too! Nominated for Grammy awards three times and receiving an American Music Award nomination for favorite male singer. It had been so long since we had had anyone like him and actually he may be the best looking of them all! Ever. But then I'd have to go back and look again.


One of his best!

On top with pop

Besides selling over 30 million records, and writing, thirteen number one songs, he has stayed on pop and adult contemporary radio for years, even as he got into top producer working with some of the biggest names in music, like Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, and so many more. Then later he had written and produced records for Daughtry, Leann Rimes, Travis Tritt, Emerson Drive, Natalie Cole, Keith Urban, Kenny Loggins, Chris Botti, Michael Bolton, and again... many more.
A song written by Richard and Keith Urban in 2005, Better Life which was included in Keith’s last CD, triple platinum “Be Here,” was the biggest hit single from the CD, and I thought he was all but gone, Gee! Richard played guitar in the band supporting Ringo and others, in 2006 and performed his own hits. Ringo and Richard recently co-wrote a song for Ringo’s CD coming out in this year.

Well in all my researching I discovered a beautiful man with a beautiful voice is still around and active and wanted to share him with you ladies who may have never known him or that he even existed. My husband told me he was Groucho's grandson...I think he is jealous.


Aging very well

Newest video

Divorce and new video

Richard Marx's new album may be titled Beautiful Goodbye, but he swears it's not about his breakup with longtime love, Dirty Dancing's Cynthia Rhodes.

"There were people who thought that, especially with the name of the album, that it was going to be a record about splitting up," Marx tells PEOPLE. "And it's not that at all. It's really a celebration of romance and seduction."

The pop singer announced his divorce from his wife of 25 years in April, but the couple had been separated since last July.
"It has been a painful time," he said. "But I don't necessarily want to bury myself in songs about it, frankly, out of respect. I have nothing but love and respect for my ex-wife and I don't really want to delve into that in songwriting so much. Not to say that I never will, but I didn't feel like that's where I wanted to write from. I wanted to write from a more positive, inspired, hopeful place."

The 50-year-old has built a career on love ballads such as "Right Here Waiting" and "Hold On to the Nights," but Beautiful Goodbye has a decidedly different feel.

"I've got a handful of songs that get used in a lot of weddings – they're songs about forever and eternity and until the end of time," Marx said. "But I found these new songs to be more about sex and 'What are you doing for the next few hours?' as opposed to forever. That was really a fun place to write from – there's something so mystifying about that dance that two people do, especially in the early goings of a potential relationship when you're circling each other and figuring each other out."

So has his ex-wife heard his new music? "I don't know," he confessed. "That would be the last thing in the world that would be important for us to discuss."

Another thing he won't talk about? The reason for his divorce.

Richard Marx on His Divorce: 'It Has Been a Painful Time'

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"I wouldn't discuss that with even some of my close friends. It's really nobody's business," he said. "What I will say is that I had the great fortune and blessing to not only be married to Cynthia for all those years, but to just share her company. There's not a finer human being. I'm very grateful that we were together, had three amazing sons and I can't say enough about what an amazing person she is and how lucky I was to share that time with her."


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Polly, Ooh, very nice! i had not heard of him before. But I will go and take a look! thanks for cheering me up with a hunk! lol nell

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I would certainly not begrudge your enjoying a man's looks as well as his talent. It sounds like this fellow has a good heart as well.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Nell>Oh great, over the years when I would ask anyone about him they didn't know him so I thought maybe he wasn't that popular and couldn't see why not but he indeed was...and should have been!

Mike> Oh yes he really does I know I should have made more of that but it was just the excitement of finding him again. I couldn't even remember his name for about an hour. I have this strange gift of knowing the first letter of a name I can't remember which will finally bring it to me and I was stuck on M and then Mark and I knew that was so close when it finally popped out! There is another one like him but I don't know if my brain can stand any more strain today.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

"Right here waiting" is one of my faves!

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Oh mine too and I couldn't get it here, hope everyone goes take a look...just the look is worth it,,but great song too!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Although this hub for woman only, but I can't stop my hand to write this comment. Because he is my favorite singer. I liked his song very much. It gave me inspiration and new spirit while listening his song. Great hub and I rate this for the great video from Richard Marx.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

prasetio30> The women only was just an American tease, you are most welcome and so glad you loved his voice too because he is so good. Thank you for stopping! Polly

Dardia 6 years ago

Hi Polly,

Richard Marx has been one of my heartthrobs since I first heard Should Have Known Better.

By the way, did you know that his father wrote jingles for commercials? I read somewhere that Richard wrote one of the Wrigley's Doublemint Gum jingles. I can't remember if it is the twins commercial. I can't find any proof of that now. Richard also was the "kid's" voice on all the "kids" commercials done at Dick Marx & Associates.

I also read that Lionel Ritchie told Richard he would be a star. When he sang backup on one of Ritchie's albums.

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

I did not know that. I don't think he has made it as big as I thought he would, after rock and roll we had nothing until people like Richard and there wasn't many like him and so cute beside that beautiful voice, but then many are big without me knowing it. I had no idea B J Thomas was still at it at 70! Wow and I love him too...let me count all the ones I love.....lol...thanks so much for stopping by.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I forgot all about him. He is a good looking man. :o)

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Sure is! Thanks for looking Pamela, he has a great voice too.

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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I love hubs full of great music. It was the perfect distraction for me. I would have bet money on Brian Adams singing right here waiting for you. They have very similar voices and styles. I am surprised that he is not a superstar... great hub too!

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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

After all these years, I sort of forgotten Richard. He was a great musician. Thank you for reminding me. Voted up!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you T4an, I guess he is still right out there, just have to look for him..and now I do!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awesome tribute to Richard Marx! I had forgotten that him and Keith Urban wrote "Better Life" together. That's just one of my favorite songs from Keith's CD. Actually I love every song on that CD :)

He's married to Cynthia Rhodes ... Penny from Dirty Dancing. And they are still married! Yay for them! Excellent hub Polly!

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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

There is a reason why this Hub is for women only.... Men gag from the sounds of these performers. *smiles*

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thanks Sunshine, I wanted to use a song with him and Keith but the one I wanted i could use was so loud in concert. Guess I am getting old, I like to hear my music, lol. Thanks for the visit.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

CriticalMessage, not sure I get that. I melt from that smile myself. lol Must be jealousy cause who wouldn't love to kiss those lip? Of course I know better but it is OK to look!

Thanks for reading.

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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I really liked him in the 90s and wondered what ever happened to him! Thanks for the hub and the videos. Watching on youtube now. Voted up!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you EA, I like an excuse to come listen myself!

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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

He's better looking in the videos than in the photo. And look at all that hair! LOL.

Yes he is quite a looker.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Yes he is, indeed, I hate all the years I missed him thinking he hadn't made it. Now internet keeps us all up on all we want to know, thank goodness. Youtube is great, I find hundreds of things I have missed. Better late than never.

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dreamseeker2 4 years ago

I've heard of him and a few of his songs. Great hub! Thanks for sharing it with us. Voted up and awesome. : )

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I've always been his fan. This is a great hub about him.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you dreamseeker, happy to do it.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Barbabra Kay, glad you know of him, not many hunks to look at anymore doesn't seem. Thanks for stopping by!

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nancymaggielee 4 years ago

He is one of the most talented musicians ever. Until very recently, I didn't know he wrote "To Where You Are" that Josh Groban recorded.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thanks, I didn't know it either. I saw him on Marie yesterday, but they only sang a Christmas son. p lol. Wish he would let that hair grow back.

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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love his songs since my mom was a big fan of marx. Great melodies

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Pollyannalana 23 months ago from US Author

Thanks peachpurple; he ain't what he use to be but he ain't bad!

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