Springfield roars back with 'Overdrive'

Springfield roars back with 'Overdrive'

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Famed 1980s musician Rick Springfield says he is excited to have re-emerged in the U.S. music scene with his newest album "Venus in Overdrive."

Rick Springfield to release new album

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 30 (UPI) -- U.S. singer/songwriter Rick Springfield is to release a new studio album of original material this summer, Universal Music Enterprises said Friday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2006 with 130 to follow.
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Rick Springfield joins '80s summer tour

HOLLYWOOD, July 24 (UPI) -- Pop musician Rick Springfield, whose hits include "Jesse's Girl," is on a "We Are the '80s" summer tour with other 1980s groups from Dallas to Hollywood.

Rick Springfield heads back to 'Hospital'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Rocker Rick Springfield is returning to ABC daytime's "General Hospital" after a 22-year break from the role of Dr. Noah Drake. Springfield was one of soap opera's biggest stars in the early 1980s, but he left to focus on his music career, which didn't tu

'General Hospital' pages Dr. Drake

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield is headed back to ABC's "General Hospital" and the role of Dr. Noah Drake.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2005 with 130 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 23, the 236th day of 2004 with 130 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2003 with 130 to follow.
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'Former child star' gets the joke, okay?

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- You can joke about former child star Corey Feldman's troubled past, but coming up with one he hasn't already heard -- now there's a challenge.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Rex Allen Jr., who was born in 1947 (age 55); the late Keith Moon of The Who was also born in 1948; actor/singer Rick Springfield in 1949 (age 53); and Pebbles, whose real name is Perri McKissack, in 1964 (age 38).
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Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2002 with 130 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The Today in Music weekly package for Aug. 17-23.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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Rick Springfield
SLP2000032408- 24 MARCH 2000- ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Singer Rick Springfield entertains the crowd at the Khorassas Ballroom during his Karma 2000 Tour, March 24. bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe; 23 August 1949) is an Australian-born singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a member of pop rock group, Zoot from 1969 to 1971 and then started his solo career with his début single, "Speak to the Sky" reaching the top 10 in Australia. In mid-1972, he relocated to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981 in both Australia and the US. He received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Jessie's Girl". He followed with four more top 10 US hits, "I've Done Everything for You", "Don't Talk to Strangers", "Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody". His two US top 10 albums are Working Class Dog (1981) and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982). As an actor, he portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night : a Memoir.

Richard Lewis Springthorpe (later known as Rick Springfield) was born in South Wentworthville, a western suburb of Sydney, on 23 August 1949. Springfield is the son of Norman Springthorpe, an Australian Army career-officer, and Eileen. He has an older brother, Mike Springthorpe. Due to his father's Army career, the Springthorpe family moved to London, where they lived between 1960 to 1962. The family moved back to Australia in June 1962, where they settled in the Melbourne suburb of Ormond.

Rick Springield was 13 when he first played guitar, and formed a band, Icy Blues, while still in high school. Springfield left school in his late teens. In 1964, he joined Moppa Blues as a guitarist alongside fellow guitarist Mike Elliott. They changed their name, first to Group X and then to Daniel Jones Ensemble by 1967. Other members of that group included Daniel Jones, Dennis Magee, and John Morgan. In 1968, Springfield was approached by Pete Watson (ex-MPD Ltd, bass guitarist) to join his group Rockhouse and he was first referred to as 'Rick Springfield'. Later in the year, Watson changed the band's name to MPD Ltd, and in October – when Springfield was 19 years old – they toured South Vietnam to entertain Australian troops. Another member of MPD Ltd was Danny Finley (drummer) and, upon returned to Australia, with Springfield they formed Wickedy Wak. They were joined by Phil Blackmore on keyboards and Dick Howard. Go-Set journalist, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, produced Wickedy Wak's single, "Billie's Bikie Boys" with Beeb Birtles of pop rock group Zoot as a backing vocalist.

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