Ruth Marx was a singer known for commercial jingles, as well as the mother of singer Richard Marx.
- Died: August 24, 2021 (Who else died on August 24?)
- Details of death: Died at her son’s home in California of lung cancer at the age of 85.
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After growing up poor in Ohio, Marx began touring with big bands as a young woman. She sought out vocal coach and songwriter Dick Marx to help improve her technique, and the two later married. They became a partnership, as he wrote some of the most memorable commercial jingles of the day and she sang them. Her voice can be heard on the Chicken of the Sea jingle: “Ask any mermaid you happen to see, what’s the best tuna? Chicken of the Sea!” She also sang jingles for products including Doublemint Gum and Quasar. Marx also sang backup vocals on some of her son’s songs, including the 1991 track “Streets of Pain.”
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Full obituary: Chicago Sun-Times