Rick Springfieldwas born as Richard Lewis Springthorpe, on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia. He is a songwriter, singer, and actor. He began playing the piano 9, playing the guitar at the age of 13, and writing songs at the age of 14. Rick dropped out of school in 1967 to begin his music career with a rock band called, Rock House. In 1968, the name of the band was changed to MPD, Ltd. And they went on a tour in Vietnam to entertain troops. In 1969, Rick returned to Australia and formed the band called, Wickedy Wak, with his band mates from MPD. The members were Danny Finley and Paul Shannon, and also Ray Wight. Later in the same year, Rick joined the band called Zoot. Zoot was one of the most popular groups in Australia, in the late 1960's. Beeb Birtles was also a member of Zoot and in 1975, he went on to form the band called, Little River Band. Zoot split up in 1971 and Rick went on to try his hand at going solo. He had a number 1 hit single in Australia called, Speak To the Sky.
After Rick succeeded in Australia, he moved to Hollywood, California, in 1972. He was 23 years old at this time. He signed up with Capitol Records and recorded his first album called, Beginnings. His single, Speak To the Sky, was re-released in the United States. The song went to number 14 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart. Rick became popular with the exposure on American Bandstand and in the teen magazines, 16, and Tiger Beat. In 1973, there was a Saturday morning cartoon called, Mission: Magic! And it was about Rick. The cartoon aired for one year and there was a soundtrack album released, from the cartoon.
In 1973, Rick signed with Columbia Records and released his second album which was called, Comic Book Heroes, in 1974. The album did not chart but got good reviews from Rolling Stone magazine. He was dropped from the Columbia label after that. Rick took a couple of years off, to do some acting, he came back with the album, Working Class Dog, in 1981. His single from the album, Jessieís Girl, and Iíve Done Everything For You, went to number 1 on the charts.
In 1981, Rick became a soap opera star when he played the part of Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. He toured with his band to promote his music while acting too. His success as a singer boosted the rating of the show and the show became the biggest show on tv that summer. He made a film called, Hard To Hold, in 1984. The movie was a flop but the soundtrack was a success and the single from it made it to the Top 10 on the charts. He was in several movies and television shows in the 1990's, and 2000's. In 2005 he was asked to come back to General Hospital. Rick has released a total of 21 albums, 22 singles, and has been awarded 2 awards during his career thus far.
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