Vernon Hills received a surprise Friday night when a Grammy Award-winning singer made a last-minute decision to visit and entertain with some pals at the village’s annual festival.
North Shore resident Richard Marx joined headliner Vertical Horizon on the main stage at Vernon Hills Summer Celebration. Marx was not on the official Summer Celebration entertainment schedule.
Vernon Hills Village Manager Mike Allison said word about Marx’s intention to jump on the Summer Celebration stage for a few songs came late Friday afternoon from event organizers.
He said Marx knows Vertical Horizon members.
“He’s just playing with some friends,” Allison said.
At least 4,000 patrons were expected at Friday night’s Vernon Hills Summer Celebration at Century Park, just north of Route 60 and Lakeview Parkway.
Marx snagged a Grammy in 2004 for the song “Dance with My Father,” which he cowrote with Luther Vandross. He’s best known for “Endless Summer Nights,” “Right Here Waiting” and “Now and Forever.”
Summer Celebration’s featured act today will be The Smithereens at 9 p.m. The event’s finale will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
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Just sat in with Ringo at Radio City in NYC. It’s his 70th birthday so I wouldn’t have missed it.
I sang backup on “With A Little Help From My Friends” along with Billy Squier and Colin Hay and many others. That’s always the last song of every show.
But not tonight.
The lights stayed down a few more minutes…the band took the stage…and ….Paul McCartney walked out. They did “Birthday” and it was like it was 1966 all over again.
None of us there will ever forget it.
5 – Endless Summer Nights
“Endless Summer Nights” finds Richard Marx waxing hopeful about a summer fling he wants to develop into more, despite his girl’s resistance. This ballad must’ve done the trick, because he later married the woman he was on vacation with when he was inspired to write the song. “Endless Summer Nights” reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1988.