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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 most well-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 children's 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.

In early 2013, Springfield's profile got a boost when he appeared in Dave Grohl's documentary Sound City, in which Springfield spoke of his experiences recording at the California studio that gave the film its name. Springfield also appeared on the film's companion album, Sound City: Real to Reel, performing the song "The Man That Never Was" with members of Grohl's band the Foo Fighters. Springfield took a look back at his career on an album of songs and stories, 2015's Stripped Down but the record was overshadowed by his acclaimed performances in the second season of True Detective and, especially, his role in Jonathan Demme's Ricki & the Flash, where he held his own with Meryl Streep. Next up was the February 2016 release of Rocket Science, a studio album that featured songwriting collaborations with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Songs For The End Of The World

1. Wide Awake

2. Our Ship's Sinking

3. I Hate Myself

4. You & Me

5. Gabriel

6. A Sign Of Life

7. My Last Heartbeat

8. Joshua

9. Love Screws Me Up

10. I Found You

11. Depravity

12. One Way Street

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Track List: Venus In Overdrive

1. What's Victoria's Secret

3. Venus In Overdrive

4. One Passenger

5. Oblivious

6. 3 Warning Shots

7. Time Stand Still

8. God Blinked (Swing It Sister)

9. Mr. P.C.

10. She

11. Nothing Is Ever Lost

12. Saint Sahara

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Track List: We Are The '80s

1. Jessie's Girl

2. I've Done Everything For You

4. Don't Talk To Strangers

5. What Kind Of Fool Am I?

6. I Get Excited

7. Affair Of The Heart

8. Human Touch

9. Love Somebody

10. Don't Walk Away

11. Bop 'til You Drop

12. State Of The Heart

13. Celebrate Youth

14. Rock Of Life

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Track List: Written In Rock: Rick Springfield Anthology

Disc 1

1. Eleanor Rigby

2. Speak To The Sky

3. Believe In Me

4. American Girls

5. Take A Hand

6. Jessie's Girl

7. I've Done Everything For You

8. Carry Me Away

9. Love Is Alright Tonite

10. The Light Of Love

11. Everybody's Girl

12. Inside Silvia

13. Don't Talk To Strangers

14. Calling All Girls

15. I Get Excited

16. What Kind Of Fool Am I?

17. Kristina

18. Living In Oz

19. Souls

20. Affair Of The Heart

21. Alyson

22. Me & Johnny

Disc 2

1. Human Touch

2. Love Somebody

3. Don't Walk Away

4. Bop 'Til You Drop

5. Dance This World Away

6. Celebrate Youth

7. State Of The Heart

8. Written In Rock

9. Walk Like A Man

10. The Power Of Love (The Tao Of Love)

11. Rock Of Life

12. Honeymoon In Beirut

13. World Start Turning

14. Itsalwaysomething

15. Ordinary Girl

16. April 24, 1981/My Father's Chair

17. Free (Live)

18. Will I?

19. Beautiful One

20. For No One

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Track List: Shock / Denial / Anger / Acceptance

1. Perfect

2. I'll Make You Happy

3. Will I?

4. God Gave You To Everyone

5. I Don't Want Anything From You

6. Jesus Saves

7. Beautiful You

8. Wasted

9. Shoot Your Guru

10. Alien Virus

11. Angels Of The Disappeared

12. Eden

13. The Invisible Girl

14. My Depression

15. Your Psychopathic Mother

16. Every Night I Wake Up Screaming

17. Open My Eyes

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Track List: Tao

1. Dance This World Away

2. Celebrate Youth

3. Intro to 'State Of The Heart'

4. State Of The Heart

5. Written In Rock

6. The Power of Love (The Tao of Love)

7. Walking On The Edge

8. Walk Like A Man

9. The Tao of Heaven

10. Stranger In The House

11. My Father's Chair

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Track List: Living In Oz

1. Human Touch

2. Alyson

3. Affair Of The Heart

4. Living In Oz

5. Me & Johnny

6. Motel Eyes

7. Tiger By the Tail

8. Souls

9. I Can't Stop Hurting You

10. Like Father, Like Son

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Track List: Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet

1. Calling All Girls

2. I Get Excited

3. What Kind Of Fool Am I

4. Kristina

5. Tonight

6. Black Is Black

7. Don't Talk To Strangers

8. How Do You Talk To Girls

9. Still Crazy For You

10. The American Girl

11. Just One Kiss

12. April 24, 1981

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Track List: Working Class Dog

1. Love Is Alright Tonite

2. Jessie's Girl

3. Hole In My Heart

4. Carry Me Away

5. I've Done Everything For You

6. The Light Of Love

7. Everybody's Girl

8. Daddy's Pearl

9. Red Hot & Blue Love

10. Inside Silvia

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Track List: Mission Magic!

1. We're Gonna Have A Good Time

2. It's Driving Me Crazy

3. Free And Easy

4. You Can Really Do It

5. On The Other Side

6. You Can't Judge A Book

7. Love Is The Key

8. You'd Better Think Twice

9. Welcome To The Rodeo

10. I Want You

11. Just Gotta Sing

12. If We Help One Another

13. Starlight, Starbright

14. Catch Me If You Can

15. I Know That It's Magic

16. Theme From Mission Magic - Over The World (Cartoon Series)

17. Speak To The Sky

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Track List: Beginnings...

1. Mother Can You Carry Me

2. Speak To The Sky

3. What Would The Children Think

4. 1000 Years

5. The Unhappy Ending

6. Hooky Jo

7. I Didn't Mean To Love You

8. Come On Everybody

9. Why?

10. The Ballad Of Annie Goodbody

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Track List: Rock Of Life

1. Rock Of Life

2. Honeymoon In Beirut

3. World Start Turning

4. One Reason (To Believe)

5. Soul To Soul

6. Tear It All Down

7. Woman

8. Dream In Color

9. Hold On To Your Dream

10. (If You Think You're) Groovy

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Track List: The Day After Yesterday

1. I'm Not In Love

2. Under The Milky Way

3. Life In A Northern Town

4. Broken Wings (feat. Richard Page)

5. Human

6. Holding Onto Yesterday

7. Baker Street

8. Waiting For A Girl Like You

9. Let's Go Out Tonight

10. For No One

11. Miss You Nights

12. Blue Rose

13. Cry

14. Imagine

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Track List: Who Killed Rock N' Roll (Radio Single)

1. Who Killed Rock N' Roll

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I wish I was Jessie's girl......��
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Children of Bodom's version is better
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Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
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I love this song sooo much
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Love it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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why did i think that lucifer was singing? huh
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I turn this song on full blast when it comes on, and I close my eyes. When it's over, I replay it. Pure joy!
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Jesse's girl fav song��
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He looks so funny as Lucifer...SP N
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MY FAVORITE RICK SPRINGFIELD SONG!!!
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I WISH THAT I HAD JESSIE'S GIRL!!!!
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And she's watching with those eyes....
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I bet he had jessies girl after that song ! Dang man thts smooth stuff nice job..
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Yasssssss!!! ! I love Your music Rick!!! Like, one of my favorite songs in the world!!!����
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. . . lovin him with that body . . .
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awesome song .. rock on
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Saw Rick Springfield at the grand Victoria in Elgin
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BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!! !
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Simple song in a simpler time.
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Still cute
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I like RICK SPRINGSTEEN MUSIC.
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I wish I have Jessie's girl...
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Good Song
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Great song... It sure does bring me back to a time when life was simpler.
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Jessie can keep his Gal I've got George Mikitka's Wife
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Rick is STILL great!
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Classic. Huge Part of 80s! both music & TV. Rick Springfield as Dr. Noah Drake on General hospital...A h h h h h ! ! ! Was much more into head-bangin' hard rock than Jesse's Girl, but can't ignore it - Literally! Did prefer Rick Springfield as GH Eye Candy though!!
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Where can a find me a woman like that...... Lol hell yea
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Definitely a classic! Jessie's Girl
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Big Rick Springfield fan play more of his songs please thank you
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Jessie's Girl
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Loved his performance in Ricki and the Flash. He is still a heart throb.
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When love been gone for so long and comes back from the falling where do you go for love you need when it started in thirty and in your fiftys
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