Happy Birthday Rick....

The story of "Jessie's Girl"...

August 23, 2018

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August 23rd-Rick Springfield has another candle on his birthday cake-he's 68.  Rick's musical claim to fame is "Jessie's Girl" - about a guy who's got a crush on his best friend's girlfriend.  The US #1 song only made it to #43 in England, but propelled Rick into near super-stardom in the US.  People know him for that song, and his role of being Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital".  Recently he has drastically expanded his acting roles from the soap opera “General Hospital,” landing dark roles in HBO’s “True Detective,” the film “Ricki and the Flash” opposite Meryl Streep, The CW’s “Supernatural,” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult.”

And his music has taken a darker turn as well, reflecting his lifelong struggle with depression and suicidal tendencies. Springfield’s latest album, “The Snake King,” is a raunchy, authentic bluesy work that questions today’s society and religion and shows off his underrated guitar skills.

"Jessie's Girl" came to be when Rick was taking a class in Pasadena.  He met a guy in the class-and his girlfriend and RIck said he was strongly attracted to her.  He even had Oprah Winfriey look for her at one point.  He never found her and couldn't remember her name.  He said he remembered the guy was "Gary"-but the name Gary didn't flow...so it became "Jessie".  

Happy Birthday, Rick.