Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on 23 August 1949 in the Sydney (Australia) suburb of Guildford, Rick Springfield began playing the guitar at Merrylands high school and formed a band called The Jordy Boys.
After Rick represented Australia at the 1972 Tokyo Song Festival he decided to try his luck in America, and by September of that year had also cracked the US Top 20 with Speak to the Sky. His album Beginnings sold over 300,000 copies.
Over the next decade, Springfield worked hard in America, making more albums (Comic Book Heroes, Wait For Night), scoring three more moderate hits and writing songs.
Throughout the 70s Springfield was touted in scores of teen mags as the new David Cassidy, and the teen-idol image haunted him throughout the decade. A spate of other difficulties – visa problems, bad recording deals, naive management – didn’t help either.
Switching his attention to acting, cameo stints on Battlestar Galactica, The Young and The Restless and Nancy Drew led to a permanent role on American daytime soap opera General Hospital, as Dr Noah Drake.
The show shot to the top of the TV ratings and when Springfield released a new single, it did exactly the same thing in the charts. Jessie’s Girl became one of the biggest hits of 1981, winning Rick a Grammy for Best Rock Performance.
After Jessie’s Girl came other hits, I’ve Done Everything For You and Don’t Talk To Strangers, as well as the albums Working Class Dog and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet.