Song of the Day 11/4

Posted: November 4, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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Time for a little 80s cheese. In 1981, Australian singer born Richard Lewis Sprinhthorpe released his biggest hit. From his album Working Class Dog, which also gave us the Sammy Hagar penned “I’ve Done Everything for You”, General Hospital star Rick Springfield released “Jessie’s Girl”

The multi-platinum Working Class Dog won the Grammy Award for Best Album Package, while “Jessie’s Girl” won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Performance. “Jessie’s Girl” went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. During the second of those weeks, MTV launched, the date was August 1, 1981. It was named number 20 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”

Springfield wrote the song while taking a stained glass class with his friend Gary and Gary’s girlfriend. Springfield wanted to call the song Gary’s girl, but changed it to Jessie when he saw someone with that name on the back of a softball jersey. Springfield never was introduced to Gary’s girl and says that he cannot remember her name, so the woman who inspired the song has no idea.

The music video pretty much follows the song with Springfield watching Jessie and his girlfriend from afar and wishing that she was his.

Many people think of Springfield as a one hit wonder, but that’s not the case. “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Speak to the Sky”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart” all charted with the latter two nominated for Grammys.

While some of you may remember him as Dr. Noah Drake, Springfield filmed General Hospital and toured with his band concurrently. The popularity of the show helped boost television ratings and the popularity of the show helped Springfield sell albums. It’s the circle of showbiz and Springfield was at the center for the early 80s.

Like him or not, there’s no denying the toe tapping power of the opening riff of “Jessie’s Girl”.

See ya on the “b” side.

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