Achieving his greatest success in the late eighties and the early nineties, Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963) became involved in the music business at an early age, working as a backing vocalist, session musician and songwriter for artists such as Madonna, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston and 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 Arena Rock not unlike what Bryan Adams and Michael Bolton 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 Luther Vandross, which became the latter's biggest hit and won a Grammy in 2004 shortly before Vandross' death.
Tropes featured by this artist include:
- '80s Hair: ... That mullet, please.
- Artistic License Geography: Hazard, Nebraska, is a real place, but it's too small even to be called a town, and doesn't have a river.
- Ascended Extra: To an extent, since he started as a prolific session pianist and backing vocalist with several big name artists before entering the limelight himself.
- Berserk Button: Being called "shameless," apparently.
- Courtroom Drama: The music video for "Hazard".
- Darker and Edgier: "Hazard" deals with far darker concepts than Marx normally sings about - small town prejudice, murder, possible police corruption etc.
- Death By Man Scorned: "Hazard", maybe.
- Double-Meaning Title: "Hazard", yet again. Hazard, Nebraska is a real place.
- Long-Distance Relationship: "Right Here Waiting" is about one of these.
- Power Ballad: His speciality.
- Rock Star Song: "Superstar".
- Silly Love Songs