Monday, June 22, 2009

Rick Springfield - Shock Denial Anger (2004)

Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney) is an Australian-American songwriter, musician and actor. As a musician, he is most famous for the 1981 #1 single "Jessie's Girl", which became a Grammy Award-winning landmark of 1980s pop-rock and helped establish the emerging music video age. As an actor, Springfield's best known role is that of the character Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. He originated the character from 1981-1983 and then returned to play him again from 2005 until present. He then appeared on Don't Forget The Lyrics in January 2009 to sing his song "Jessie's Girl" and his new song "What's Victoria's Secret." He stayed until the show was over. On March 19 2009, he plays a gig in support of Voices of Uganda at the Key Club in Los Angeles. The gig is co-organized by fellow General Hospital alum, actress Melissa Fitzgerald.

Springfield grew up in a military family and moved frequently, as his father was posted to various military bases throughout Australia and Great Britain. Springfield started playing piano at the age of 9 and the guitar at the age of 13. He first wrote songs when he was 14.

In 1974, Springfield dated and lived with then 15-year-old actress Linda Blair. He considered it his first "grown up" relationship, despite nearly 10 years difference in their ages.

He married Barbara Porter (October 27, 1984). They met in 1980 while she was working as a receptionist at the recording studio where he recorded his 1981 album Working Class Dog. They have two sons: Liam, born in 1985, and Josh, born in 1989.

In 1985, Springfield took a break from his musical career to spend more time with his family, and to deal with the depression that had affected him since his adolescence. He had also wrestled with depression in the 1970s, when the serious illness of his father (who died on April 24, 1981) and career troubles caused him to "hit the wall" and contemplate suicide.

In 2006, Rick Springfield became a citizen of the United States, but also retains his Australian citizenship.

In 2009, Rick made a surprise appearance on Don't Forget the Lyrics! to commemorate the contestant's love for the 1980s. He sang "Jessie's Girl" after host Wayne Brady introduced him.

NOTE:
1982 - Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Jessie's Girl"
1983 - American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist along with John Cougar Mellencamp


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Rick Springfield - Shock Denial Anger (2004)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download as you click the song for study)
01 Perfect
02 I'll Make You happy
03 Will I

04 God Gave You To Everyone
05 I don't want any thing from You
06 Jesus Saves
07 Beautiful you
08 Wasted
09 Shoot Your Guru
10 Alien Virus
11
Angels Of The Disappeared
12 Eden
13 The Invisible Girl
14 My Depression
15
Your Psychopathic Mother
16 Every Night I Wake Up Screaming
17 Open My Eyes

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