Rick Springfield is an Australian-American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor who rose to fame in the 1980s. He was born on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia, and began playing music at a young age.
Springfield first gained popularity in the 1970s with his hit song “Speak to the Sky.” He then achieved international success in the early 1980s with his album “Working Class Dog,” which featured the hit songs “Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” and “Love is Alright Tonight.” The album was a commercial success, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and eventually going platinum.
Springfield continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s, including “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet” (1982), “Living in Oz” (1983), and “Tao” (1985). He also had several hit singles during this time, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Affair of the Heart,” and “Love Somebody.”
In addition to his music career, Springfield has also acted in television shows and films. He is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital,” which he played on and off from 1981 to 2018. He has also appeared in movies such as “Hard to Hold” (1984) and “Ricki and the Flash” (2015).
Throughout his career, Springfield has won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1982 for “Jessie’s Girl.” He has also been inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Enjoy this look back at Rick Springfield performing some of his biggest hits from the ’80s!