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Biographies: Rick Springfield

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b. Richard Lewis Springthorpe, 23 August 1949, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The son of an army officer, Springfield's musical interests developed while living in England in the early 60s; on his return to Australia he played guitar and piano in the house band of a Melbourne club. At the end of the 60s, Springfield played with the Jordy Boys, Rock House and the MPD Band before joining Zoot. The group had several hits with Springfield compositions before he turned solo with the number 1 single "Speak To The Sky". He moved to the USA in 1972 where he was groomed to become a new teenybop idol and a new version of "Speak To The Sky" was a Top 20 US hit.

After a contractual dispute kept him inactive for two years, he joined Wes Farrell's Chelsea label where Elton John's rhythm section Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olsson (drums) backed him on Wait For The Night. The label collapsed and Springfield began a new career as a television actor. After guest appearances in The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man, he landed a leading role (Dr. Noah Drake) in the soap opera General Hospital.

This exposure helped to give him a series of big hits on RCA Records in 1981-82 including "Jessie's Girl" which reached number 1 and the Top 10 records "I've Done Everything For You", and "Don't Talk To Strangers". The later hit "Love Somebody" came from the 1984 movie Hard To Hold in which Springfield played a rock singer. The next year a reissue of one 1978 track, ("Bruce"; a tale about being mistaken for Bruce Springsteen ) was a Top 30 hit and later Springfield albums were equally popular in America. In 1999, Springfield released Karma, his first album of new music in over 10 years.
*Courtesy sonicnet.com

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