Today's installment of the continuing saga, Record Albums of the American Treasure Tour, focuses on Chicago's own Richard Marx:
Marx began his singing career as a back-up artist for the likes of Madonna and Whitney Houston before recording his own songs, many of them power ballads in a classic rock style. He has the distinction of being the solo musician to have his first seven releases hit the Billboard 100, all of which reached the top five (the fourth, fifth and sixth all making number one). This first album (above), released in 1987, includes the songs "Don't Mean Nothing," "Endless Summer Nights," and "Hold On to the Nights." It took no time before Marx headlined his own concert tours. His first three albums reached platinum status. He continues to make music, although his output receives less commercial attention today. A recent song "Long Hot Summer," represents the fourth decade during which Marx reached the top of the charts.
Which Marx appeared in only five of the Marx Brothers movies?
Today in History
On this date in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon was left in front of the J.P. Morgan building on Wall Street by an unknown terrorist. At 12:01pm, explosives inside the wagon exploded and caused 38 deaths and 143 injuries. The building itself was left largely unharmed, excepting scars that remain to this day.
Despite the tragedy of the event, the explosion in no way stopped business for the day and the New York Stock Exchange remained open.
The trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega began on this date in 1991 in the United States. Ruled guilty of drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering, he spent fifteen years in American prison prior to his extradition to Paris for further trials. He is currently back in Panama, and still in jail.
Today is Richard Marx's birthday. He turns fifty years old today.
Great American guitarist B.B. King is celebrating 88 years today, having been born in 1925. His career has spanned six decades, for which he has been recognized by induction into both the Blues and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame. George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Metal of Freedom in 2006, as well. An icon of American music, King represents the American dream, having grown up in a shack on a plantation outside of Berclair, Mississippi to become the famed musician that he is.
There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done. -- B.B. King