THE BOYS OF 'SUMMER': To paraphrase one of his hits, Richard Marx keeps coming back to No. 1.
Marx, who penned all three of his Hot 100 No. 1s - 1988's "Hold On to the Nights" and 1989's "Satisfied" and "Right Here Waiting" - collects his third leader as a songwriter on Country Songs, as Keith Urban's "Long Hot Summer," which the pair co-authored, ascends 3-1.
Marx previously co-wrote Urban's six-week Country Songs No. 1 "Better Life," which began a six-week reign six years ago this week, and, prior to Marx's breakthrough as an artist, Kenny Rogers' 1985 topper "Crazy."
With the coronation of "Summer," Marx has written No. 1s on Billboard song charts in each of the last four decades.
Here is a look at Marx's 14 compositions to rule Billboard song rankings:
"What About Me" (Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes and James Ingram), Adult Contemporary, 1984
"Crazy" (Kenny Rogers), Country Songs, 1985
"Don't Mean Nothing," Mainstream Rock, 1987
"Hold On to the Nights," Hot 100, 1988
"Satisfied," Hot 100, 1989
"Right Here Waiting," Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, 1989
"Keep Coming Back," Adult Contemporary, 1991
"Hazard," Adult Contemporary, 1992
"Now and Forever," Adult Contemporary, 1994
"This I Promise You" ('N Sync), Adult Contemporary, 2000
"To Where You Are" (Josh Groban), Adult Contemporary, 2002
"Dance With My Father" (Luther Vandross), Adult R&B, 2003
"Better Life" (Keith Urban), Country Songs, 2005
"Long Hot Summer" (Keith Urban), Country Songs, 2011
"I've never been more grateful in my life, period. That I'm a songwriter first and foremost is what has sustained me," says Marx, who returned to the Adult Contemporary chart this year as an artist for the first time since 2005 with the No. 16-peaking "When You Loved Me."
"If I'd just been a singer or just a musician, my career would probably have been over a long time ago. But, as a songwriter, I am able to deliver what everybody needs.
"We can talk about downloading or about record companies being too big for their britches, but if people stop writing songs, none of that matters."