Rick Springfield (b. August 23, 1949) is an Australian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author who became a star in both TV and pop music during the early 1980s. Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Sydney, he began in 1969 as a member of the pop rock group, Zoot, before launching a solo career as a performing artist during the early 1970s and moving to the U.S. As his fame in pop music soared in 1981 with the blockbuster hit, "Jessie's Girl," the handsome and multi-talented entertainer also became equally famous as the heartthrob Dr. Noah Drake on the TV daytime soap opera, "General Hospital."
Springfield made his debut on the U.S. charts in 1972 with "Speak To The Sky," which became a Top 20 hit and reached the Top 10 on the Australian and Canadian charts. Several minor hits followed throughout the 1970s before he became internationally famous in 1981 with the chart-topping power pop classic, "Jessie's Girl," which earned Springfield a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. This smash was followed by four more Top 10 hits: "I've Done Everything For You" (1981), "Don't Talk To Strangers" (1982), "Affair Of The Heart" (1983), and "Love Somebody" (1984). Springfield's long string of mostly self-penned hits also included "Love Is Alright Tonite" (1981), "What Kind Of Fool Am I" (1982), "Human Touch" (1983), "Bop 'Til You Drop" (1984), and "Rock Of Life" (1988). His many albums include "Working Class Dog" (1981) and "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet" (1982) which both reached the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.
Rick Springfield was honored in 2014 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to music. In addition to acting in TV, the movies, and musical theater, he has continued to give concerts and record actively to the present.
- For more info on Rick Springfield's current projects and touring schedule, visit rickspringfield.com.
- Rick Springfield discusses the inspiration behind "Jessie's Girl" and other topics in an interview with Shawna Ortega on songfacts.com (October 12, 2009).
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- Speak To The Sky 1972
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