Richard Marx: 'I Almost Didn't Record Simple Right Here Waiting'
Richard Marx recently revealed that he almost did not record the unofficial Armed Forces anthem he wrote as a love song for his now-estranged wife, because he feared it was too simple to be a hit.
The singer/songwriter put pen to paper and wrote “Right Here Waiting” as an ode to his actress partner Cynthia Rhodes, while she was shooting Curse of the Crystal Eye on location in Africa - and he had no intention of releasing it publicly.
But then something at the back of his mind told him that the song would be a hit, and so he recorded it for his 1989 album Repeat Offender and released it as single.
The tune not only hit the top of the charts around the world, but it has become an enduring anthem for family members missing loved ones serving overseas.