Right Here Waiting
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|"Right Here Waiting"|
|Single by Richard Marx|
|from the album Repeat Offender|
|B-side||"Wait for the Sunrise"|
|Released||June 29, 1989|
|Format||7" single, CD single, cassette, 12" 45 rpm maxi single|
|Recorded||December 11, 1988
(Magic Record Studios, Salt Lake City)
|Genre||Soft rock, piano rock|
|Richard Marx singles chronology|
"Right Here Waiting" is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released in June 29, 1989, as the second single from his second album, Repeat Offender. The song was a global hit, topping charts throughout the world, including the U.S., where it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica in her album The Boy Is Mine.
- 1 Original version
- 2 Cover versions
- 3 Parodies and influences on other songs
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Background and writing
"Right Here Waiting" was the second single from Repeat Offender, after "Satisfied". Marx wrote the song on the road as a love letter to his wife, the actress Cynthia Rhodes, who was in South Africa shooting for a film. The track was arranged by Marx with Jeffery (C.J.) Vanston to feature none of the heavy drums and synthesizers popular at the time, with Marx's vocal accompanied only by classical guitar (by Bruce Gaitsch) and keyboards (by Vanston). It is one of Marx's most frequently covered compositions.
"Right Here Waiting" entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 44 in the week of July 8, 1989, and became Marx's third consecutive number one single on August 12, 1989. Certified Gold on August 21, the record spent three consecutive weeks at number one, replaced by Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted" in the week of September 2, 1989. The song was Marx's first of several to go to number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart. Certified Platinum on October 16, 1989, "Right Here Waiting" is Marx's best selling single. It is also his most enduring, charting in the top 15 of Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart for four years running, from 2000 to 2003, more than ten years after its release.
In the United Kingdom, the song was released in September 1989 and peaked at number 2.
Charts and sales
End of year charts
"If You Don't Know Me by Now" by Simply Red
|Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
August 5, 1989 (6 weeks)
"One" by The Bee Gees
"Batdance" by Prince
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 12, 1989 - August 26, 1989 (3 weeks)
"Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red
|Australian ARIA number-one single
September 10, 1989 - October 8, 1989 (5 weeks)
"If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher
"Every Day (I Love You More)" by Jason Donovan
|Irish IRMA number-one single
September 21, 1989 (1 week)
"Ride On Time" by Black Box
"Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
|New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
November 10, 1989 - November 24, 1989 (3 weeks)
"Escaping" by Margaret Urlich
|"Right Here Waiting"|
|Single by Monica featuring 112|
|from the album The Boy is Mine|
|Released||December 14, 1999 (R&B radio)|
|Writer(s)||Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch|
|Monica singles chronology|
"Right Here Waiting" was covered by the American R&B artist Monica. It was only released in the United States in December 1999 as the seventh and final single from her second studio album, The Boy Is Mine, and features the R&B band 112. No music video was made for the song.
|US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles||1|
Other cover versions
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- The first cover version of the song was released in November 1989 by the Latin musician Jose Feliciano.
- In 1990, the song was recorded by Leif Bloms on the album Årets skiftningar.
- At Dansbandskampen 2008, the song was performed by Scotts, who also included their version in the band's 2008 album, På vårt sätt.
- Melody Thornton covered the song, adding additional lyrics.
Parodies and influences on other songs
- Members of the cast of the TV series Leverage performed the song in a 2011 promotional advertisement for the TNT network's mobile application, with Marx making a cameo appearance to sing a line.
- Jon O'Brien (November 1, 2010). "Stories to Tell - Richard Marx". AllMusic. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
- U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
- Right Here Waiting Songfacts
- "Right Here Waiting", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
- "Australian-charts.com – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Austriancharts.at – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Lescharts.com – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Musicline.de – Richard Marx Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
- Italian peaks
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Richard Marx search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting". Top 40 Singles.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting". VG-lista.
- "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100.
- Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting". Singles Top 100.
- "Swisscharts.com – Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting". Swiss Singles Chart.
- 1989 Australian Singles Chart aria.com Archived June 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
- Canada certifications cria.ca Archived May 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
- UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
- "Årets skiftningar" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 1990. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- "På vårt sätt" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 2008. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- Melody Thornton lyrics