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Rick Springfield

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Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe, August 23, 1949) is an Australian pop singer whose career began as a singer in Rock House, followed by Zoot, one of the most popular Australian groups of the late Sixties.

He then went solo in 1971 (see 1971 in music) but was unable to maintain much of a career in the 1970s. He starred the cartoon series Mission: Magic (produced by Filmation in 1973), where he appears in the animated format, along with the teacher Miss Tickle and her teen-aged students. He had a successful acting career, beginning with a brief role as Zac in the 1978 movie Battlestar Galactica. He then became a soap opera actor, most notable for appearing on General Hospital. With a rabid teenage fanbase, Springfield returned to music with Working Class Dog and the singles "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything for You". Springfield, already in his 30s, was uncomfortable with the teen idol image; Ronnie, Springfield's Bull Terrier/Great Dane mix, appeared in his place on two of his album covers.

Springfield won a Grammy in 1981 for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Jessie's Girl". Springfield was also nominated for two Grammys in 1982 and one Grammy in 1983.

After a few albums with some hit singles, Springfield's lack of critical acceptance slowed his career, though he continued releasing albums throughout the 1980s. He played a few minor roles on television in the 1990s, and released his latest album in 2004.

Although his achievements are not well recognised in Australia, he has long maintained a large and fiercely loyal fan base in the United States and his many career achievements include a Grammy Award, four platinum albums, twenty US Top 100 singles and seventeen Top 40 hits including a US #1 and #2 single.

From February 2001 through December 2002, Springfield performed in EFX Alive! at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to critical acclaim.

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