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Rick Springfield

Although Rick Springfield's music was frequently dismissed as vapid teen idol fare, his best moments have actually withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, emerging as some of the best-crafted mainstream power pop of the 1980s. A singer turned soap opera star turned singer, Springfield was born Richard Springthorpe on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia, to a military man; the family moved around Australia and England a great deal during Rick's childhood, and he sought his escape from the difficulty of making friends in books and music. He formed a band in high school and eventually joined a '50s revival group called Rock House, moving on from there to join the teenybopper band Zoot in 1968. Zoot became one of the most popular groups in Australia until 1971, scoring several hits. Springfield went solo after the breakup and garnered his first U.S. success the following year with a re-recording of his Australian hit "Speak to the Sky"; the song reached number 14 in the U.S., but would prove to be his last major success for quite some time. Subsequent '70s albums stiffed, and record company difficulties prevented Springfield from recording after 1976.

In the meantime, Springfield had begun taking acting classes; he signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1980 and appeared on several television programs. Although Universal dropped him shortly thereafter, he was able to secure a recording contract with RCA on the strength of his demos; in the midst of recording his debut for the label, he was signed to play the young, eligible Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital in 1981. Springfield's popularity skyrocketed, setting the stage for the release of Working Class Dog later that year. Powered by the classic single "Jessie's Girl," which eventually hit the top of the charts, and the Top Ten follow-up "I've Done Everything for You," Working Class Dog was a smash success, and Springfield eventually returned to his first love of music when concerts conflicted with his television career. The follow-up, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, was released in 1982, spawning the Top Ten smash "Don't Talk to Strangers"; 1983's Living in Oz offered more of the same, including the Top Ten "Affair of the Heart," although it betrayed signs that the gears were beginning to wear down on the Springfield machine.

Springfield made the leap to the big screen in 1984 with Hard to Hold, which was much more successful at the box office than with critics; the soundtrack spawned his last Top Ten hit to date, "Love Somebody." His career seemed to bottom out afterward, although he recorded several more albums over the rest of the '80s, and continued to land television roles into the '90s. In 1999, Springfield returned with a new album, Karma. Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance and Day After Yesterday followed in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In 2007, Springfield released the holiday-themed Christmas with You, along with the Early Sound City Sessions collection. The following year, a live DVD documenting his ultra-popular '80s concerts (Beat of the Live Drum) was issued, as well as an album of all new material, Venus in Overdrive. A year later, he released the childrens album My Precious Little One: Lullabies For A New Generation. In 2012, he returned to major labels, signing with Universal's Hip-O for a new album called Songs For The End Of The World. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

ThAt is a bad case of f**k~its...
Rick Springfield is a great power pop artist, he's kind of underrated in that area. He did write more than just Jessie's Girl. :)
People are still doing that stupid OMG YOULL BE KISSED ON A SCHOOLDAY s**t still? i think its absolutely retarded, and the little kids who are doing it need to get a life. Just f**king listen to the music, stop being a retard in the comments section.
I can't count how many times people have sung that song to me over the years! But you know what, I still like the song!!!
Where do i knoww this song from? 5sos ��
Why can't I find a woman like that???
Ugh cuz ther probably none left that's for dAmn sure with what we got strolling around these days SMH@ CTFU
c00l us too
Read my bio true stories
Omg it's from 30 going to 13
No its not. Its from rick springfield
Omg this song is from 30 going to 13
Don't read this because it actual works. You will be kissed in the nearest possible Friday by he love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put thus on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works.
50s Rick Nelson Ricky Nelson Elves and 50s onley
a dark little sister going to pull it just a little to far one night
I love it when Cory/Finn sang it .... : ( R.I.P
Who doesn't love Jesses Girl
helyro
Awesome song!
DERTY
On glee sung by Cory montieth a.k.a Finn I love you Finn sooooooooooo o o much
No comment
I met this awesome guy at the airport
Rick looks a lot different than I remember - must be the facelift.
megan1490
I wish I never lost my Jesse my thirteen year old crush until 2009.
Don't Talk To Strangers. They need to play that today for all the teen girls.
I wish I was Jessie's girl.
Affair Of The Heart
sorry to hear jami jameson died sunday@63.gr e a t vocals.RIP.
i wish that i had Jessie's girl, ok then
So glad my parents raised me right!
Jessie's Girl : No comment.
Favorite song of his is Don't talk to strangers
I want Jessie's girl
Best song ever
andrewdavenp o r t 9 2
I LOVE this song
jonesgd27
I wish that I has Jessie's job.
Lol
Jessie's Girl. :: No comment. :-) I love this song. I love Rick Springfield.
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently is you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
saw him last night in Toledo and he rocked the house!!
Jessie's Girl- Great song
He's stil hot and he still rocks
morgant851
I and some of my relatives got to meet this guy before a concert in the mid-80's. When we talked with him for an hour or so, he was really down to earth. I started to listen to his music more after that and thought it was pretty cool. I liked Like Father, Like Son. It reminded me some of Cats in the Cradle.
desiree.whee l e r
Dr Noah Drake.....
Rick Springfield looks like the guy I had a crush on in high school.
dclovesmusic 1 3
Love this song <3
jbut.sculptu r e
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
This song reminds me of Sixteen Candles,I dont know why
Good song
Hi
Boogie nights.....g r e a t scene
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