Achieving his greatest success in [[TheEighties the late eighties]] and [[TheNineties the early nineties]], Richard Marx became involved in the music business at an early age, working as a backing vocalist, session musician and songwriter for artists such as Music/{{Madonna}}, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston and Music/{{Chicago}}.

Marx released his first album in 1987 and became the first solo artist to place his first seven consecutive singles in the top five of the American charts, including three consecutive number ones. His early style generally aimed at an up-tempo ArenaRock not unlike what Music/BryanAdams and Music/MichaelBolton were doing at the time, although like those artists he subsequently moved to a predominantly softer sound after the success of the hit ballad "Right Here Waiting".

Although his hit-making days were mostly done by the end of the 1990s, Marx continues to tour and record regularly. Notably, he co-wrote "Dance With My Father" with Music/LutherVandross, which became the latter's biggest hit and won a Grammy in 2004 shortly before Vandross' death.

!!Tropes featured by this artist include:
* AscendedExtra: To an extent, since he started as a prolific session pianist and backing vocalist with several big name artists before entering the limelight himself.
* BerserkButton: Being called "shameless," [[http://www.themorningnews.org/article/right-here-waiting apparently]].
* CourtroomDrama: The music video for "Hazard".
* EightiesHair: ... That mullet, please.
* LongDistanceRelationship: "Right here waiting" is about one of these.
* PowerBallad: His speciality.
* RockStarSong: "Superstar".
* SillyLoveSongs
* YourCheatingHeart: "Hazard".
* [[DeathByWomanScorned Death By Man Scorned]]: "Hazard", ''maybe''.
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