Rick Springfield
Australian musician and actor
Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a member of pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971 and then started his solo career with his début single "Speak to the Sky" reaching the top 10 in Australia. In mid-1972, he relocated to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981 in both Australia and the US.
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Rick Springfield never saw 'Jessie's Girl' again
Fox News - 6 months
Rick Springfield knows what you used to think of him.
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Rick Springfield Debuts Music Video for 'Down'
Yahoo News - 8 months
The singer embarks on a music tour next month.
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Watch: Rick Springfield Talks New Album, New Tour, & New Acting Roles
ABC News - 8 months
ABC News' Lesley Messer talks to the singer-songwriter about his new ventures on tour and on TV.
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Rick Springfield performs 'Light This Party Up'
Fox News - 9 months
Singer/songwriter performs live
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Rick Springfield's new album 'Rocket Science' full of 'love and sex'
Fox News - about 1 year
Rick Springfield is excited to be taking his 18th studio album "Rocket Science" -- out Friday -- on tour.
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5 Celebrities Who Expose The Truth About Their Vision Boards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The concept of vision boards has been around for years; I actually started researching this concept years ago. As a living testimonial, I was able to accomplish 80% of my goals for my life and business that I place on my vision board including my husband. Most people have a hard time creating a life plan or business plan and a hard time believing in the success of accomplishing their goals, but this visual process will give you the motivation you need to go after "What's been holding you back." These ladies are making a difference in their destiny by using a simple tool called creative visualization. Meet Sonia Satra: She is an American actress. She is known for her roles on Guiding Light and One Life to Live. What prompted you to create your first vision board? My first board was very simple. It was just a board with red wrapping paper on it, with about 20 words pasted on it--not even pictures, just words. At the time, I was about to start a very intense and serious ...
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How An Abused Pit Bull Went On To Charm The Pants Off A Rock Star
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Stephanie Miller loves Rick Springfield, and Rick Springfield loves dogs. So when the Australian rock star was coming to Charleston, South Carolina, recently, Miller figured: why not see if he'd like to meet the city's most beloved pooch, while he's in town performing? We're referring, of course, to the pit bull named Caitlyn who was discovered with her mouth duct taped shut back in May -- and has gone on to become an incredible, inspiring story of hope and love. "I contacted Rick and he said he would love to meet her," said Miller, who volunteers with the Charleston Animal Society -- the shelter that's nurtured this good dog to health.   Call her Rickie's girl: From this Facebook post, it appears Springfield really enjoyed getting to know Caitlyn. (Though he could only get so much of her -- Caitlyn's still in foster care, and not yet available for adoption, since her alleged abuser's trial has not yet been completed.) Kay Hyman, spokesperson for the Char ...
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Meryl Streep: Trailer drops for “Ricki and the Flash”
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
As is almost always the case, it seems like we’re going to have a Meryl Streep performance in contention for another Academy Award nomination. Luckily for us though, this year it appears like Streep has a bit of a change up in store here, as opposed to overly serious melodrama or biopic type work. Later this year, she’ll be starring in the dramedy Ricki and the Flash, which got a Trailer this week. It looks like she’s as good as ever, but having a ton of fun as well, which certainly could rub off on audiences as well. If so, I’ll be thrilled to have her in the Oscar race for what feels like the 50th time. It won’t feel like tradition this time around. In case you’ve yet to hear anything about this one, it’s a musically tinged dramedy surrounding a musician named Ricki who gave up on the family life in order to pursue a rock and roll career. When her daughter winds up in a tough spot, her ex husband calls her and she returns home in order to try and make things right. The Trailer, which ...
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Loverboy Summer-Long Tour with Rick Springfield and The Romantics
Icon vs. Icon - almost 2 years
Time to haul out those iconic red leather pants and bandanas from mothballs, because Canadian hard-rocking legends Loverboy are ready for a full slate of summer touring, including a run of dates with fellow ’80s hitmakers Rick Springfield and The Romantics for one of the season’s must-see tripleheader concert events. Loverboy are currently enjoying a […]
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One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Is A Mom-Friendly LP
Huffington Post - about 3 years
One Direction, "Midnight Memories" (Columbia) What's the mother of the average American tween to do as the holidays approach? Miley has twerked her way out of the stocking, for sure. Justin Bieber invites too many questions. And most of the women of pop are exploring very adult themes that are rated at least PG-13. One Direction steps into that giant void just in time for Black Friday, providing nervous mothers with the perfect gift: "Midnight Memories." The album is full of positive choruses and playful — not pornographic — takes on love and life. Smartly promoted around release, the third album from the British boy band is definitely mom bait. It's a pretty good record, too. The quintet has released a lot of music in a short period of time, usually a challenge for young acts. Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson take baby steps forward from their two platinum-selling 2012 releases, "Up All Night" and "Take Me Home," adding some musical edge and v ...
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'SNL' Scorecard: Josh Hutcherson Is Offered Up As A Serviceable Tribute
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Josh Hutcherson as an “SNL” host was … serviceable. He certainly wasn’t great -- I’m not sure he brought really anything special to the table except having a nice attitude about the whole thing -- but, at the same time, he didn’t get in the way. Hutcherson just kind of blended in to his surroundings until the show was over (much like Peeta in the first “Hunger Games” movie, really). And, honestly, I’d take this any week over a host who makes the whole proceedings about him or her. (I don’t think we have to mention any names here.) Join me, if you will. For this week’s edition of the SNL Scorecard: (Also: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the work of Chris Harnick who gets up every Sunday to edit these posts and who is now moving on to bigger and better things. Anyway, expect more typos in the future.) Sketch of the Night ”Office Boss” (Beck Bennett, Josh Hutcherson, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer) I’m under the impression that Beck Bennett used this adult baby cha ...
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Mistrial in NY fan's suit against Rick Springfield
Yahoo News - over 3 years
A judge has declared a mistrial in the lawsuit brought against 1980s pop star Rick Springfield by a fan who claims he fell on her during a 2004 show in upstate New York, injuring her. State Supreme Court ...
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How to Find the Right Theme Cruise
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Silversea Cruises offers wine-themed sailings that call on Livorno so that guests can explore Tuscan vineyards. - Photo by Silversea Cruises Years ago, I'd fantasize -- usually after sailing aboard a cruise ship with a particularly awful DJ -- of a cruise that would feature all of my favorite classic rock bands performing concert after concert of my most loved songs. The ship would be filled with other rock fans, and we would bond through our shared love of the music, dancing, singing and stopping only long enough to explore exotic ports along the way. Last month, that fantasy came true, and I didn't even have to win the lottery, charter a ship, or organize it myself. The Moody Blues Cruise on MSC Poesia was a five-day, concert-packed party with my favorite bands, including the Moody Blues, The Zombies, and Joe Williams of Toto. Instead of bingo and poolside games, the itinerary included concerts, question-and-answer sessions, broadcasts of Moody Blues films, and even Moody ...
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The Buffalo Wing Festival in Two Bites. Part Two: I Am Woman, Hear My Stomach Roar!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Asking someone where the best chicken wings in Buffalo, NY are is like asking them to pick their favorite child, but year after year, the discussion continues with no clear winner in sight. I'll add my favorite three in no particular order, Gabriel's Gate in the Allentown section serves a wing that sings in perfect pitch, elevating the wing form to fine dining. Duff's serves its wings in wooden bowls with sauce as a dipping soup as if the wing can be a solid, a liquid, and by the process of sublimation, a spicy mist that hits the nostrils with Pavlovian longing. In the non-traditional sauce category, no one does it better than Cole's on Elwood. They have a baked parmesan wing that brings tears to my eyes and napkins to my shirt. On the Major League Eating circuit the hot dog is the toughest food in competition due to the meat and bun combo, but the chicken wing is the most difficult. The chicken wing, both the drumstick (or bat) and the paddle (or flat) requires jaw strength, rhythm, a ...
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Rick Springfield rocks for devoted fans
Fox News - over 3 years
Musician performs on 'Huckabee'
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Gordy Grundy: A Primer for Celebrity Culture, Malfeasance and Responsibility
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Of course we love them. We ogle, dote and devote our time and interest. We buy their products and heed their advice. We mimic the style. Some celebrities inspire and uplift. Others deliver the lavish and the lewd, grand entertainments in trying times. A recent documentary, An Affair of the Heart, details the culture of one celebrity and his fans. Rick Springfield has created a community focused on a mantra, "It's not about me; it is about the fan." The film serves as a gracious model of good behavior for the contemporary superstar. The opening titles introduce us to rocker and actor Rick Springfield. "In the 80's, he had seventy Top-40 hits and sold nineteen million records. He was a sensation on General Hospital." If you do not recall Springfield, you do know his greatest hit, "Jesse's Girl," a clean, all American pop standard. Today, the musician and his band are busy. They tour, spend some time on the state fair circuit and play the occasional European concert. Two b ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Springfield
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    In July 2016, Springfield appeared on ABC's Greatest Hits.
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    in 2016, Springfield was cast as the character Lucifer on The CW show Supernatural for the show's 12th Season.
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  • 2015
    Age 65
    In 2015 Springfield appeared as Greg alongside Meryl Streep in the Movie Ricki and the Flash.
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  • 2014
    Age 64
    On 9 May 2014, Springfield was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to music.
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    In a 2014 interview, Springfield claimed that although he had heard the title and was aware of the song's existence and had met with Jimmy Hart in person, he had never actually heard the song.
    More Details Hide Details Springfield's autobiography, Late, Late at Night: a Memoir (ISBN 978-1-4391-9115-6), was released in 2010. In October, it peaked at No. 13 on The New York Times Best Seller list. In August 2012, Late, Late at Night was named No. 23 of "The 25 Great Rock Memoirs of All Time" by Rolling Stone. Grammy Awards
  • 2013
    Age 63
    Springfield returned to General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake in April 2013.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 57
    His run was subsequently extended although, as of 2007, he remains a recurring guest star and not a full contract cast member.
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  • 2005
    Age 55
    In December 2005, Springfield was asked by the General Hospital producers to return to the show in his role as Dr. Noah Drake after a 23-year absence.
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    From February 2000 to December 2002, Springfield performed in EFX Alive! at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Springfield starred in several episodes of the third season of Showtime's Californication. His first appearance was in episode 3 on 11 October 2009, in which he plays a "twisted version of himself"; a "hedonistic Rick Springfield" from the past. Springfield starred in "Ho'ohuli Na'au", an episode of Hawaii Five-0. He played the role of photographer Renny Sinclair. Springfield also starred in "Everything Goes Better With Vampires", an episode of Hot in Cleveland. He played the role of a toll booth worker who pretended to be the famous singer/musician Rick Springfield in an attempt to impress women. Springfield had a recurring role on True Detective as Dr. Irving Pitlor, a psychiatrist.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 45
    In addition to the roles on television and in film, Springfield also acted in musical theatre. In 1995, he was a member of the original Broadway cast of the musical Smokey Joe's Cafe.
    More Details Hide Details This Tony Award-nominated musical featured the songs of rock & roll songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    From 1994 to 1997 he starred in the television series High Tide that ran for 69 episodes.
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  • 1991
    Age 41
    In 1991, he appeared in the made-for-TV movie Dying to Dance.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In 1989, he starred in the film Nick Knight, in which he played an 800-year-old vampire seeking a cure for his condition.
    More Details Hide Details The film was later remade as the first two episodes of the series Forever Knight.
  • 1984
    Age 34
    In October 1984, Springfield married his girlfriend, Barbara Porter, in his family's church in Australia.
    More Details Hide Details They had met several years earlier when Springfield was recording Working Class Dog and she was working as the recording studio receptionist. They have two sons, Liam (born 1985) and Joshua Springthorpe (born 1989). In 1985, when his first son was born and after the release of his Tao album, Springfield took a break from his musical career, to spend more time with his family, and to deal with the depression that had affected him since his adolescence. In 1985, Jimmy Hart recorded the song Eat Your Heart Out Rick Springfield, featured on The Wrestling Album. The premise of the song is that the object of Hart's affection seems to idolize Springfield to the point that Hart feels rivaled by him, prompting Hart to pick up singing as well in order to compete for his girl's affection. The song makes references to "Dr. Noah Drake" as well as to "Jessie's Girl".
    In 1984, Springfield made a full-length feature film titled Hard to Hold.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, he played in the film Legion. He also wrote the soundtrack for Hard to Hold. In 1992, he played the title role in the short-lived ABC series Human Target, based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
  • 1981
    Age 31
    But the song "Jessie's Girl" went to No. 1 and Springfield ended up both playing the role of Dr. Noah Drake from 1981 to 1983, while simultaneously going on tour with his band.
    More Details Hide Details The success of the song boosted the ratings of the show which, according to Springfield, "became the biggest show on TV for that summer". The fame from the show also boosted the sale of the song.
    In 1981, he became a soap opera star on General Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details He had signed a contract with RCA Records and already recorded the album Working Class Dog, which neither he nor his agent had expected would do very well, which is why Springfield took the soap role.
    Springfield won the 1981 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
    More Details Hide Details Working Class Dog reached No.7 on the Billboard 200. Another top 10 single from the album was the Sammy Hagar-penned "I've Done Everything for You". He had further success with the follow-up albums Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982) and Living in Oz (1983). Springfield was frustrated with people in interviews mistaking him for Bruce Springsteen, expressed in the track "Bruce" on the album Beautiful Feelings (1984). In 1984, Springfield starred in his own movie, Hard to Hold, and recorded the majority of the material on the accompanying soundtrack. The soundtrack included a top-ten hit, "Love Somebody", as well as several moderately successful follow-up singles. However, the movie itself was not successful, and the soundtrack's success (though higher than that of the movie) paled in comparison to previous Springfield albums. Nonetheless, Springfield released his next album Tao in 1985, scoring several modest hits from this release, including "State of the Heart" and "Celebrate Youth". That same year, Springfield was one of several performers who participated in the Live Aid charity concert. Around this time, he took a brief hiatus from recording.
    He had a No. 1 hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981 in both Australia and the US, for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
    More Details Hide Details He followed with four more top 10 US hits, "I've Done Everything for You", "Don't Talk to Strangers", "Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody". Springfield's two US top 10 albums are Working Class Dog (1981) and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982). As an actor, he starred in the television series High Tide, from 1994 to 1997, and has appeared in supporting roles in Ricki and the Flash and True Detective (both in 2015). He portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008 and 2012, returning in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary with son and actor Liam Springthorpe. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night: A Memoir. He's been set to play Lucifer in the twelfth season of American TV show Supernatural on the CW Network.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    In 1979, he guest-starred on an episode of "The Incredible Hulk" entitled "The Disciple" as Mike Roark, a police officer who must decide whether to avenge the death of his father who was also a police officer, or simply provide justice and capture the alleged criminal.
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  • 1978
    Age 28
    He also co-starred as Keith Stewart in episode 17 of season 4 ("Dwarf in a Helium Hat") on The Rockford Files and as Tommy Archer in episode 4 ("Murder on the Flip Side") of The Eddie Capra Mysteries in 1978.
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    Later in 1978, Springfield played the character of Zac in Saga of a Star World, which was, with some differences, the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series.
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    On January 20, 1978, Springfield guest-starred on an episode of Wonder Woman entitled "Screaming Javelin."
    More Details Hide Details The character he portrayed was Tom, the concerned fiancé of an Olympic gymnast who had been kidnapped by a megalomaniac.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    His single, "Take a Hand", reached the US top 50 in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The single was taken from the album Wait for Night, which was issued by his new label, Chelsea Records. Soon after its release, the record company folded. During the late 1970s, he concentrated more on his acting career, guest-starring in several primetime TV dramas. Springfield continued to write and record and, in 1981, released his next album, Working Class Dog. The album spawned the single "Jessie's Girl", a worldwide hit which peaked at No. 1 for two weeks in the US on the Hot 100 and the Australian Kent Music Report singles chart.
  • 1974
    Age 24
    In 1974, he issued an Australia-only album, Mission: Magic!, which was "full of infectious bubblegum pop songs".
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  • 1973
    Age 23
    Springfield spoke of the teenybopper image in Circus Magazine in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details He said he was not sure how it happened. "Someone saw my photo and that was it." He went on to say that someone asked to take a photo of him in a white suit and thought that it was "a bit dull", so he took some crayons and "scrawled an R with a lightning bolt going through it... which became my emblem." From September 1972 to September 1973, Springfield starred as "himself" in the ABC-TV Saturday morning cartoon series Mission: Magic!, for which he usually wrote and performed an original song in each episode.
    In 1973, Springfield signed to Columbia Records and recorded his second album, Comic Book Heroes, which was also produced by Porter.
    More Details Hide Details In Australia, released on Porter's new label, Wizard Records, the album and its two singles failed to chart. Springfield was promoted as a teeny pop idol similar to David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    After recording his début album, Beginnings, in London, Springfield moved to the United States in mid-1972.
    More Details Hide Details Springfield provided all the songwriting, lead vocals, guitar, keyboard and banjo for the album. "Speak to the Sky" was issued in the US by Capitol Records and peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September. His début album, Beginnings, was the first of seven top 40 albums on the related Billboard 200. However, follow-up success was hampered by rumours that Capitol Records paid people to purchase Springfield's albums, which led to some radio stations boycotting his music.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    In September 1969, Springfield replaced Roger Hicks as lead guitarist and vocalist in Zoot, with Birtles on bass guitar and vocals, Darryl Cotton on lead vocals and guitar, and Rick Brewer on drums.
    More Details Hide Details Upon joining Zoot, Springfield adopted the "Think PinkThink Zoot" theme that had the band members dressed head to toe in pink satin. The publicity gimmick brought attention to the group and attracted numerous teenage girl fans; however it caused problems in establishing their credibility as serious rock musicians. Zoot's fifth single, "Hey Pinky", was written by Springfield. The group attempted to shake off their teeny-bopper image. They followed with a hard rock cover version of The Beatles' hit "Eleanor Rigby", which peaked at No. 4 on Go-Sets Top 40 in March 1971. Despite another hit single with "Freak" in April, which was written by Springfield, the band broke up in May. Springfield signed with Sparmac Records and issued his début solo single, "Speak to the Sky", in October, which peaked at No. 5 on the Go-Set singles chart. Sparmac label owner, Robie Porter, was also producer and manager for Springfield.
  • 1968
    Age 18
    In 1968, he was approached by bass guitarist Pete Watson to join his group Rockhouse.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Watson changed the band's name to MPD Ltd and, in October when Springfield was 19 years old, they toured South Vietnam to entertain Australian troops. Another member of MPD Ltd was Danny Finley (drummer). Upon returning to Australia, they formed Wickedy Wak. They were joined by Phil Blackmore on keyboards and Dick Howard. Go-Set journalist Ian "Molly" Meldrum produced Wickedy Wak's single, "Billie's Bikie Boys", with Beeb Birtles of pop rock group Zoot as a backing vocalist.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 8
    He joined various bands in England, where his father was stationed from 1958 to 1963, and several more after returning to Australia.
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  • 1949
    Born
    Richard Lewis Springthorpe (later known as Rick Springfield) was born on 23 August 1949 in Guildford, a western suburb of Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Eileen Louise (Evennett) and Norman James Springthorpe, an Australian Army career officer. His maternal grandparents were English. When he was young, he lived at the army camp with his family in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia. At the age of fourteen, he witnessed the Beatles perform at Festival Hall, Melbourne. Springfield was 13 when he learned guitar.
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