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Rick Springfield celebrates 30 years since "Jessie's Girl"

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Sunday, July 3, 2011

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Thirty years ago, Rick Springfield was "a very lean and hungry young man" better known as Dr. Noah Drake on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital" than as a rock star.

Then "Jessie's Girl" happened, hitting No. 1 and jump-starting a career that would keep him consistently in the Top 40 for the next seven years, sold 19 million albums and built a devoted and enduring following chronicled in a forthcoming documentary.

Ironically, the Australian-born Springfield (ne Springthorpe) notes, "I didn't really consider 'Jessie's Girl' a single possibility, so its a good thing I didn't pick the singles."

Springfield's concentration these days is on the documentary "An Affair of the Heart," which rather than a standard biography focuses on Springfield's relationship with his fans. "It was brought about by a fan's desire to take the story of the connection I have with the fans, to the silver screen," Springfield, 61, says. "It surprised the hell out of me when I saw what they filmed. It's pretty deep and definitely different.

"The fans stories are amazing and the band sounds great and its a very clever doc."

Springfield, who's fully cooperating with documentarians (and fans) Melanie Lentz-Janney and Sylvia Caminer, is mixing music mostly live recordings for the film. He's also "writing now for" a new album that he hopes to finish before the end of the year and is busy developing a television program that he calls "an extension of the characters" in his 2010 autobiography "Late Late at Night."

"It's kind of a rock 'n' roll meets Prozac story. But with humor."

Rick Springfield performs at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens. Admission is free. Call 586-493-4344 or visit www.startsandstripesfest.com.

Web Site: www.starsandstripesfest.com

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