By: Gere Iverson - MSTv
Additional info reproduced from: theadvocate.com
The man known as Rick Springfield has lived an interesting life. When the young, yet veteran, music artist arrived in the States in the 1970s, the Australian native had no clue his fame would begin as a teenybopper music star. Springfield's music and image would wind up on the record players and pinned up on the walls of millions of American girls.
As a former serious "rocker" in his native Australia, this new and American "packaged" image exhausted and dismayed the young artist to no end.
However, it wasn't until 1981 that Springfield's career path the would take a turn for the better. With his boyish good looks and charm, Springfield landed a prime role on the ABC network soap opera, General Hospital, as Dr. Noah Drake.
Also in the same year, Springfield would release the album Working Class Dog, which held his first mainstream number 1 hit, "Jessie's Girl." And while the timing and success of the song made General Hospital a ratings phenomenon, the fame from the show likewise boosted sales of the song.
Springfield left General Hospital in 1983, but his music fame grew with a slew of 80s hits including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch.”
He continued his music and acting careers through the succeeding decades, but his profile has been especially high in recent years. The singer is prominently featured in the music documentary, “Sound City,” and its soundtrack album.
“Sound City” follows the release of another documentary featuring Springfield, “An Affair of the Heart.” The film chronicles the devotion the singer’s fans have for him.
Its this devotion that brings Springfield on tour now along with hotly anticipated plans on the release of his 17th album, “Songs for the End of the World,” in October.
“We’re doing some of those songs in concert,” he said. “They fit very well with a lot of the old stuff. And I have a tough band. We play everything full tilt, so it all seems to coalesce.”
Springfield's autobiography, “Late, Late at Night,’ appeared in 2010. His next book, “Magnificent Vibration,” will be published in May.
“Magnificent Vibration” is an extreme book, definitely not autobiographical, he said.
“It’s dark humor with a serious side,” he said. “It’s about love, sex and death, yin-yang and the balance of the universe and trying to get laid. It covers a lot of ground.”