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Rick Springfield : Australian- American Singer, Songwriter, and Actor
Rick Springfield is an Australian-American musician, TV and film actor, and songwriter. His long-time fans have followed him from his popular U.S. hit of "Jessie's Girl" from 1981 and his portrayal of dashing Dr. Noah Drake, on the TV soap opera, General Hospital. Rick Springfield's music was a staple of many 80's fans, mostly screaming teenage girls, who loved his hot looks and songs of love. His TV career on General Hospital and his hit single "Jessie's Girl" spurred his popularity in the 1980's.
His music career started in 1964, when he formed the band "Icy Blues" with John Kennedy. He was fifteen. In 1968, he was hired to play in Vietnam to soldiers stationed there. In the 1970's, his music career veered with different bands and record companies. In 1972, he moved to the U.S. and later found acting bits in Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, and Battlestar Galactica. In 1981, the debut of his album, "Working Class Dog", was delayed. He accepted the role of Dr. Drake on General Hospital. "Working Class Dog" was released in 1982, which threw Rick Springfield into the dual role of actor and musician.
Rick Springfield still has a loyal fan base -- those adolescent teenage crushes follow his music today. He released "Venus in Overdrive" in 2008, which hit #28 on the Billboard 200 chart. It's Springfield's highest mark and best sales week. In 2009, Springfield releases a baby lullaby album, titled "My Precious Little One", based on songs he used to sing to his own songs when they were little.
Rick Springfield has written a book, Late, Late at Night, in which he talks about his long battle with depression, his suicide attempt, his infidelities, and his marriage. He credits his wife Barbara as being 'the rock' of his life and often thanks her for sticking by him through many difficult years. Springfield hopes that his battle with Mr. D (as he refers to the moodiness he finally realized was a deep depression) will help many youths going through troubled times now.
On a personal note, Rick Springfield was my favorite singer from the '80's. As a teen, I'd play his records a million times and daydream about my adolescent crush. I've followed his music throughout his career. In interviews, Springfield guesses his loyal fans still love him because he became a big part of their lives at a huge time of their lives - figuring out the teen years. He's smart. Though we're both older, he still plays like a teenager, and I still carry my teenage crush whenever I hear him sing or watch him perform on stage.
On this lens, I'll take you on a tour of Rick Springfield - popular songs, including Jessie's Girl and I Get Excited to his newest "What's Victoria's Secret?" You can watch interviews of Rick Springfield over the years, and catch his concerts and acting roles. Find out the latest buzz on Rick Springfield - can you say, Cruise With Rick?
Rick Springfield : Are You A Die Hard Fan?
Sometimes, musicians and actors are best loved for their earlier hits and shows. Some entertainers, like Rick Springfield, go on to enjoy a lifelong career in music, though fans still want to hear their past favorites. Would you rather listen to Rick Springfield's earlier songs of the '80's? Or are you a die hard fan?
Are you a Springfield fan of his 1980's music or his later songs?
Late, Late at Night
In a searingly candid memoir which he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television and his lifelong battle with depression.
Rick Springfield Singing Jessie's Girl
Official Sites For Rick Springfield
This lens gave you a taste of what Rick Springfield's doing these days. Check out his official website and maybe book a cruise. A private cruise with Rick Springfield? Sounds like a fan's dream come true!
- Rick Springfield | Official Web Site
The Official Rick Springfield Web Site. Find tour dates, the latest info., get music, connect with other fans, and grab the latest official gear!
- The Official Home of the Rick Springfield Cruise
Booking for the Rick Springfield Cruise may only be done through our agents and not by contacting the cruise line directly. Week long cruise set sail: Monday 11/15/10 Miami, FL , Departure time 4PM.
Working Class Dog Album Cover Art
RCA execs weren't happy about the cover art for the album "Working Class Dog", featuring Rick's Bull Terrier Ronnie (AKA "Lethal Ron") in a shirt and tie, with a photo of Rick in the pocket. Execs finally agreed on the unusual cover, which was later nominated for a Grammy for "Best Album Package".
Rick Springfield On The Web
- Official Rick Springfield | Facebook
Become Rick Springfield's newest fan! Welcome to the official Facebook Page of Official Rick Springfield. Get exclusive content and interact with Official Rick Springfield right from Facebook. The Band: Matt Bissonette, George Bernhardt, Rodger Car
- Follow Rick Springfield on Twitter
Follow Rick Springfield on Twitter and find out the latest tour dates.
- Rick Springfield on MySpace
MySpace Music profile for Rick Springfield. Download Rick Springfield Powerpop / Rock / Classic Rock music singles, watch music videos, listen to free streaming mp3s, & read Rick Springfield's blog.
- Official Rick Springfield YouTube Channel
Watch Rick Springfield in concert, subscribe to his channel for the latest videos.
Rick Springfield's Cartoon
In 1974, Rick Springfield had a television cartoon (on ABC), called "Mission Magic" to showcase his music!
Rick Springfield: Songs from the '80's
Here are popular songs from Rick Springfield's early career. Do any of these make your favorites list?
Teen Heartthrob Started As A Teen Musician
Rick got his first guitar for his 13th birthday! It was the gift that launched his interest and career in music.
Music Videos of Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield Singing "I Get Excited"
Rick Springfield : Concert Photos
Rick took a couple breaks from touring - one for a happy occasion and one not so joyful. He stopped touring in 1985 with the birth of his son, Liam. Following a horrible ATV accident in 1988, Rick broke his collarbone and was unable to hold a guitar for six months.
Rick Springfield Interviews
What's Victoria's Secret?
From Rick Springfield's 2008 album, Venus in Overdrive. In interviews, Rick said the famed business of Victoria's Secret was not happy with his song because of the name. Rick explained that the "secret" is not the same as the lingerie giant, but something that intrigued both men and women.
What's your opinion of the song?
Re-Introducing Dr. Drake
Rick Springfield returned to General Hospital in 2005 for a reprisal of his role of Dr. Noah Drake. The guest role was slated for at least four episodes and also marked 25 years since he first played Dr. Drake.