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Rick Springfield

Updated on March 18, 2012

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?

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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?

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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!

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'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

Performance Breaks

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.

Rick's Singing To You

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      Ayrtone 2 years ago

      do to an auto accident 2004 i wkored as an school bus driver and could not return to work due to major injury i had to withdraw my pention and now i have to pay penalities i also resign now i am back into the school system what can i invest in to catch up? i am 55yrs old.

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      nice lens. Blast from the past.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I'm not familiar with too much of his music, other than Jesse's Girl, great lens though. Blessed by an angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, I'm a fan. Saw him at least twice in concert back in the day :)

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      ya gotta love that guy

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      Pip Gerard 6 years ago

      Jessie's Girl is just the best 80s song! I always have to have it on extremely loud in the car as I sing along :)

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      LolaJones123 6 years ago

      Great lens, good job!

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      LolaJones123 6 years ago

      Great lens, good job!

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      JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, Bev. I watched his interview on Good Morning America, and he was so passionate and choked up about trying to help kids who felt they had no other alternative than suicide. I think it's good that more people are speaking up to help prevent suicide (especially celebrities who can bring more media attention).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So admirable of Rick Springfield to be honest about his struggle with depression. Let's hope that through his story others will listen and follow his advice.

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      Stacy - Jessie's Girl is my favorite too!!

      Jimmie - lol. The other night, I was just showing my son about how BIG 80's hair really was. ;-) The 80's, especially Rick, was a fun time!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Ahh. the 80s. Big hair and Rick Springfield. Loved it.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Great Lens! I'm a big Rick Springfield fan. I love his song Jessie's Girl.

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      Thanks, Clouda and Holley! Rick Springfield IS 60 years old, and I still feel like a teenager when I hear his songs. Definitely handsome and talented - glad to see some more fans. :-)

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Rick Springfield is handsome AND talented...love that in a guy ;) Appreciated the trip down memory lane.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Is it really possible this hottie is 60 years old? Wow I learned a lot here! Love it!