Richard Marx

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Richard Marx: Creator of the second Hazard

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   Richard Marx is a Chicago native born in 1963. His father, Dick Marx, was an accomplished musician, composer, and vocal coach; as well as a successful jingle writer for television commercials. Additionally, his mother Ruth was a gifted singer and Richard was afforded wide exposure to music during his growing years. He learned piano and guitar, and would later have the opportunity to develop and expose the writing talents found in his lyrics. His releases include his self-titled album (1987), followed by Repeat Offender (1989), Rush Street (1991)— home of the song Hazard, Paid Vacation (1994), Flesh and Bone (1997), Greatest Hits (1998), Days in Avalon (2000), & My Own Best Enemy (2004).
   All too often, the garden-variety biography of a rock/pop musician who runs into fame and fortune is the decade long period that is marked by drug and alcohol abuse, reckless relationships, and an arrogant, self-absorbed lifestyle. Uniquely, Richard chose a different course. He married actress Cynthia Rhodes in 1989, and in years following, they have had three boys, Brandon, Lucas, and Jesse. In recent years, Richard has bypassed lengthy concert tours that would have kept him away from home for lengthy periods. Yet Richard has remained musically active writing and producing for other major artists, as well as helping various up-and-coming performers. In addition, he has helped charitable causes that include organizations that help seriously ill and disadvantaged children, troubled teens, and an establishment of a music scholarship. Richard also advocates for the advancement of the arts in school, and is active in the anti-smoking campaign.
   A more comprehensive biography can be found off Richard's official site, in the biography section.

My mother came to Hazard when I was just seven
Even then the folks in town said with prejudiced eyes
That boy's not right
Three years ago when I came to know Mary
First time that someone looked beyond the rumors and the lies
And saw the man inside
We used to walk down by the river
She loved to watch the sun go down
We used to walk along the river
And dream our way out of this town

No one understood what I felt for Mary
No one cared until the night she went out walking alone
And never came home
Man with a badge came knocking next morning
Here was I surrounded by a thousand fingers suddenly
Pointed right at me

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town

I think about my life gone by
How it's done me wrong
There's no escape for me this time
All of my rescues are gone, long gone

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town

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