Ruth Marx, mother of musician Richard Marx and television jingle singer, died on August 24. She was 85 years old.
Richard Marx told the Chicago Sun Times on August 30 that his mother died of lung cancer at her home in California. In another Facebook post, the pop musician said, “Rest now, sweet beautiful mom. What we had between us was the most unique and extraordinary bond I have ever known. I can’t begin to thank you enough for everything you have done for me, everything you were for me and always will be. My heart is in a million pieces and I will love you with every remaining breath of my life.
Ruth Marx was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and began touring with large groups as a singer as a teenager. After moving to Chicago to take lessons from vocal coach Dick Marx, she ended up marrying him.
Dick Marx was a jazz pianist and arranger who started a company to create television advertising jingles in the 1960s, in addition to composing the music for the Tom Hanks film “A League of Their Own”. Ruth was the voice behind many famous commercials in the 1960s and 1970s and her work included spots for Chicken of the Sea, Virginia Slims, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, and Doublemint Gum.
The famous slogans “You’ve Come a Long, Way, Baby” for Virginia Slims and “Two Scoops of Raisins in a Packet of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran” were all voiced by Ruth Marx, and her voice – albeit no is not his exact identity – became known throughout the country.
Richard Marx took his mother on tour with him, and she provided some of the backing vocals for his song “Streets of Pain” from his 1991 album “Rush Street”.
“I have thanked her several times for being such an amazing mother. I said, ‘You were my best friend but also my confidante,’ ”Marx told the Chicago Sun Times.