Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on August 12th of 1989 Richard Marx tops Billboards Hot 100 with “Right Here Waiting”. Marx wrote this song on the road as a love letter to his wife, actress Cynthia Rhodes. It was the fastest song he 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 his friends pursued him to record it. 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 including this one. 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. 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. The song narrowly missed the top spot on the UK Singles Chart eventually reaching #2.