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Heavy Load: Rick Springfield

The Jessie's Girl man on sex, meditation, Egyptology and why he’d still make a good James Bond.

Born in New South Wales, Australia, Rick Springfield is a musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author best known for 1981’s Grammy-winning power-pop hit Jessie’s Girl. This was bookended by playing Dr Noah Drake in the hugely popular US daytime soap General Hospital. Now based in California, the 66-year-old continues to write, record and perform. Springfield’s 18th studio album, Rocket Science, mixes his usual style with what he calls “country elements”.

With your father in the armed forces your childhood was spent on the move. That must have been destabilising.

It was a drag. The only good thing was that we came to live in England when I was young. That was amazing. But always being the new kid at school was something that I hated.

You saw The Beatles play live when you were fourteen. Did they live up to all the hullabaloo?

Oh God, yes. When they came to Australia it was like aliens had landed on the planet. I was screaming just like the girls.

Were you a willing or able student?

No, no. I was awful, and the constant travelling didn’t help. It got worse when I came to England – we were living in Woking – I discovered the guitar. This kid at the school show had a Höfner and he let me hold it. It was my first true love – before girls, even.

As one of the biggest heart-throbs of the seventies, when did you realise you were attractive to the opposite sex?

In England. England was the beginning of everything for me; guitars and girls. 

Were you a willing or able student?

No, no. I was awful, and the constant travelling didn’t help. It got worse when I came to England – we were living in Woking – I discovered the guitar. This kid at the school show had a Höfner and he let me hold it. It was my first true love – before girls, even.

As one of the biggest heart-throbs of the seventies, when did you realise you were attractive to the opposite sex?

In England. England was the beginning of everything for me; guitars and girls. 


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