Whatever We Started - Richard Marx
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
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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