Oh Wow Wednesday Fun Fact: Richard Marx began his career in music at the age of 5, singing commercial jingles written by his father's company. When he was 17, a tape of his songs ended up in the hands of Lionel Richie. Richie said "I can't promise you anything, but you should come to L.A."
After graduating, Richard moved from Chicago to L.A. and visited Lionel. "(Lionel) was recording his first solo album and having trouble with the background vocal. He tells me, ‘Come try this part.’ It worked and I ended up singing on his album." Richard sang backup vocals to Lionel’s hit "You Are" as well as "Running with the Night" and "All Night Long."