Happy 66th Birthday to the Man Who Made Me Love Music [VIDEOS]
I was just discovering music in 1985 and I liked lots of different performers, but nothing spoke to me personally until I heard "Broken Wings" wafting from my hometown radio station KMOK-FM in Lewiston, Idaho.
That's when I became Richard Page's biggest fan. The music just spoke to me and I was hooked from day one. I didn't know the man or the band behind the music but I soon immersed myself in the liner notes to discover who the heck these musicians where that spoke right to my heart.
Mr. Mister exploded onto the scene in late '85 and dominated 1986 with several hits.
The band was all over MTV and even launched the inaugural Spring Break Daytona Beach concerts that MTV became so famous for back in the day. I remember having a busted down tape recorder that I put to the tiny TV speaker to record their MTV Guest VJ hour -- anything just to hear their voices.
I was a poor kid so I had to wait three singles in to buy the album "Welcome To The Real World." First came Broken Wings, then "Kyrie" and "Is It Love."
I knew no band would write the soundtrack of my life like Mr. Mister so I ran out and spent $6.99 at the local PayLess Drug Store (which has long since gone out of business).
Mr. Mister enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in 1986 and then faded from the limelight quickly, but their two songs -- "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie" -- remain '80s classics. "Broken Wings" was even featured in a recent "Alexa" TV commercial.
Richard Page went on from Mr. Mister to writing songs for Celine Dion, Hall and Oates, BB Mak, Meatloaf, Josh Groban and even Simon Cowell. They co-wrote a song together called "Footprints In The Sand" which was released by Leona Lewis in the late 2000s.
He sang background vocals on albums from REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins and even Motley Crue and Twisted Sister.
A ton of famous songs feature his background vocals harmonizing with the biggest stars of 70s, 80s and 90s.
He also co-wrote a No. 1 hit for Madonna called "I'll Remember" from the movie "With Honors" and sang a duet with Cher on her album "Love Hurts" from 1991.
Flash forward all these years and I'm still a huge fan, but now I've been fortunate enough to interview and hang with Richard Page on several occasions. They say never meet your idols, but I have, and he's exactly what you'd expect. He's a gifted singer/songwriter who has managed to live the rock and roll lifestyle but said his close family has kept him rooted in the real world.
Richard Page had been touring in Ringo's All-Star Band -- not because he has to -- but because he wanted to hang out with a Beatle. He knew the first time that he heard the Beatles and The Beach Boys on the radio that his destiny involved music.
The Ringo tours were a nice cherry on top for Richard Page, who had a great musical career that has spanned several decades, but hopefully that career will continue for many more decades to come.
Happy birthday, Richard Page!