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Album: Repeat OffenderReleased: 1989Charted:
Marx wrote this song on the road as a love letter to his wife, actress Cynthia Rhodes. In a 2010 interview, Marx told the Indian newspaper The Indian Express the story behind the song: "I wrote the song for my wife Cynthia who was in South Africa shooting for a film. We were not married then and I wanted to meet her because I had not seen her for a few months. But my visa application was rejected and when I came back I wrote this song which was more of a letter from me to her.
It was the fastest song I wrote, in barely 20 minutes. And this was the time when there was no Skype and Social networking so I had to ship the track to her. The song was very personal and was not intended to go public. But my friends pursued me to record it."
Marx and Rhodes were married from 1989-2014.
One could say that Richard Marx
was born to rock - and to sell: His father wrote TV jingles for chocolate bars and peanut butter, and Richard made his professional debut singing on some of his dad's commercials. When he was 18, Marx left his hometown of Chicago and headed to L.A., where another commercial-minded musician, Lionel Richie, took the young singer-songwriter under this wing. After a 5-year apprenticeship in which he sang harmonies on several of Richie's hits had some of his compositions recorded by artists such as Kenny Rogers and Chicago, Marx finally landed his own recording contract. And he was poised for stardom: Marx's self-titled 1987 debut album yielded 4 top-10 hits, including the #1 song "Hold On To The Nights." Repeat Offender
was the follow-up album, and spawned 5 more hits.
Spotify UK revealed just ahead of Valentine's Day, 2013 that this is their most popular love song, narrowly ahead of Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is
." The list was based on streaming figures from their 'love song' play lists.
Marx originally pitched the song to Barbra Streisand. But she had a few issues with his lyrics. "She called and said, 'I love this music, this melody is gorgeous, but if I'm going to record it, I'm going to need you to rewrite the lyrics because I'm not going to be right here waiting for anybody,'" Marx recalled to CBS in a 2013 interview.