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.