Right Here Waiting

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"Right Here Waiting"

"Right Here Waiting" cover
single by Richard Marx from the album Repeat Offender
Released June 29, 1989 (1989-06-29)
Format *7-inch single
Recorded December 11, 1988
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:23 (album version)
4:21 (single version)
Label EMI
Writer Richard Marx
Producer *Richard Marx

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Music video
"Right Here Waiting" on YouTube

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"Right Here Waiting" is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released on 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 #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[3] The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica for her album The Boy Is Mine and Ava Zinn for her album 40 Years, 40 Songs.

Original version[edit]

Background and writing[edit]

"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 on a film.[4] 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.

Chart performances[edit]

"Right Here Waiting" entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #44 in the week of July 8, 1989, and became Marx's third consecutive #1 single on August 12, 1989.[2] Certified Gold on August 21, the record spent three consecutive weeks at #1, 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. The song also reached #1 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on August 4, 1989 staying on the top of the chart for three weeks and remained on the chart for thirteen weeks.[5]

In the United Kingdom, the song was released in August 1989 and peaked at #2,[6] behind the Italian house song "Ride on Time" by Black Box, which was in first place for six uninterrupted weeks.

Music video[edit]

The video for this song was directed by Jim Yukich, and filmed on the road during Marx's 1989 Repeat Offender Tour. It features various black-and-white tour footage interspersed with color scenes of Marx playing the song to a dead auditorium on an empty stage with a grand piano. Contrary to popular belief, due to Marx's hectic touring schedule, very little time was available to produce a video for this single, so various tour footage was compiled to make an official video for the track.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Monica version[edit]

"Right Here Waiting"

"Right Here Waiting" cover
single by Monica featuring 112 from the album The Boy is Mine
Released December 14, 1999 (1999-12-14) (R&B radio)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B
Length 4:29
Label Arista
Writer Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch
Producer David Foster

"Right Here Waiting" was covered by American R&B singer Monica. It was released only 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 group 112. No music video was made for the song.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Adult R&B Songs (Billboard)[23] 32

Ava Zinn version[edit]

"Right Here Waiting"

"Right Here Waiting" cover
single by Ava Zinn featuring Riyandi Kusuma from the album 40 Years, 40 Songs
Released June 5, 2020 (2020-06-05)
Format digital download
Recorded 2020
Genre Adult contemporary, pop
Length 4:21
Label Aeverine Zinn Digital Media Group
Writer Richard Marx

"Right Here Waiting" was covered by American YouTube personality and singer Ava Zinn. and features pianist Riyandi Kusuma. It is the second single from Zinn's debut album 40 Years, 40 Songs, after "If Ever You're in My Arms Again".

References[edit]

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  3. 3.0 3.1 U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
  4. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx Songfacts.
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  6. "Right Here Waiting", UK Singles Chart Official Charts Company.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
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  20. Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart. Billboard. Retrieved on 10 December 2018.
  21. Canada certifications cria.ca Template:Webarchive (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
  22. UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
  23. "Monica Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2020.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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