Thursday Threesome #3: Kenny Rogers, Vixen, NSYNC

We’re back again for the third installment of Thursday Threesome where we present three songs that are seemingly unrelated, let you watch/listen to the videos THEN reveal how they’re related. Ready? Let’s go!

#1 Kenny Rogers “Crazy”

#2 Vixen “Edge of A Broken Heart”

#3 *NSYNC “This I Promise You”

Think you know the connection?

Here we go…

This week’s songs were all written or co-written by Richard Marx. Marx had a stream of hit singles during the late 1980’s and 1990’s and is the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. He also has the distinction of having a song he wrote or co-wrote top the charts in four different decades.

  • He was singing for Kenny Rogers in 1984 when he overheard Rogers say he needed a new song. Within days, Marx gave him the demo of “Crazy.” Rogers recorded it, along with another of Marx’s songs and it went to #1 on the country charts and #5 on the adult contemporary charts.
  • Marx both co-wrote “Edge of A Broken Heart” (with Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and produced the track on Vixen’s debut album.
  • When Marx got the call asking if he had a song written that NSYNC might be interested in recording, he said yes and and sang the chorus over the phone (a chorus that he had been tinkering with but was by no means a full song). The recording company liked it and put Richard on a plane. He wrote the rest of the song while flying to Florida! He also produced the track for the group.

For more fun, check out previous Thursday Threesome articles.

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