"Richard Noel Marx" (born September 16, 1963 in Winnetka, Illinois) is an adult contemporary singer, songwriter and producer. He had a string of successful hit singles in the late 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, many of his songs had an upbeat, classic rock style, such as "Don't Mean Nothing," "Should've Known Better," "Satisfied," and "Too Late to Say Goodbye". 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.
Marx began his career in music at the age of 5, singing commercial jingles written by his father, Dick. Marx's list of "commercial" hits includes Peter Pan® peanut butter and Nestle® Crunch.
Marx was 17 and living in a suburb of Chicago when a tape of his songs ended up in the hands of Lionel Richie. Richie said he thought Marx had the talent to make it big, saying "I can't promise you anything, but you should come to L.A." So after graduating from high school, Marx moved to Los Angeles and visited Richie. "He was recording his first solo a...