Rick Springfield

Biography: Rick Springfield has: ?Sold Over 18 Million Records. ?Achieved 17 Top 40 Hits, including 5 in the Top 10. ?Performed in front of over 1 Million fans since 1998. ?Written some of the most enduring pop & rock music of the 80's. ?A devoted, passionate and active fan base. • 1949 Richard Lewis Springthorpe born in Merrylands, Sydney, Australia to Norman and Eileen Springthorpe • 1959 Springthorpe family moves to England (father's military career is the culprit) • 1959 Rick becomes interested in history. Plays "gladiator" in backyard in England. (precursor of Gladiator play in 2001). • 1962 • Rick's 13th Birthday...is given his first guitar as a gift • 1962 Meets John Kennedy, of Me and Johnny fame • 1964 John and Rick form "Icy Blues", Rick's first foray into performing music • 1967 Rick leaves high school and is asked by Pete Watson to join Rock House • 1968 Rock House becomes MPD, Ltd and is hired to play gigs in Vietnam • 1969 Rick returns from Vietnam in February of this year • 1969 Rick is one of the founding members the short lived Wickedy Wak along with Paul Shannon (bass, vocals) and Danny Finley (drums) from MPD....later adding a keyboardist named Ray Wight. • 1969 Zoot welcomes Rick as guitarist and vocals in the fall of 1969. • 1970 Rick scores Oz celebrity in Zoot. • 1971 Speak to the Sky recorded solo, reaching Top Ten in Australia. • 1972 Rick moves to USA on wave of solo success with "Speak to the Sky" • 1973 Comic Book Heroes recorded in London. • 1974 Rick records Springfield album; breaks with managers; music is never released • 1974 Mission Magic, a cartoon on ABC, is created to showcase Rick's music • 1976 Chelsea Records releases Wait For Night; folds soon after • 1978 Rick takes on acting contract with Universal and appears on several hit shows: Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, Battlestar Galactica. • 1978 Rick begins writing what will become Working Dog. • 1979 RCA signs contract with Rick to record Working Dog. Rick argues with them on cover art, finally winning out with his unusual Ronnie cover. • 1981 With release of Working Dog in doubt, Rick signs with General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake. • 1982 Wins Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance for Jessie's Girl. • 1983 Leaves General Hospital to pursue music full time; releases the harder edged "Living In Oz"• which becomes Rick's third straight platinum selling album. • 1984 Hard To Hold, Rick's first feature length film, is released in theatres with a PG rating so that his preteen fans can view the movie. • 1984 Hard to Hold soundtrack produces Top Ten Hit "Love Somebody", but movie is out of theatres due to low sales in six weeks. • 1985 Rick releases fifth album in five years, Tao. It is the first album to not score a platinum rating of the five. The Cathode Ray tour, including a performance at Live Aid, follows. • 1985 Rick ends tour in time for the birth of his first son, Liam. • 1986 Rick performs "My Father's Chair" live on American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary special. It would be the last live performance for several years. • 1988 After a 2 year hiatus from touring and recording, Rick releases Rock Of Life, a departure from his earlier works, in it's grown up feel and vibe. • 1988 Just prior to the scheduled tour to promote Rock Of Life, Rick crashes his ATV and shatters his collarbone. One promotional performance on "Top of the Pops" is not enough to promote the album. Unable to hold a guitar for six months, he cancels the tour and Rock of Life quietly falls off the charts. • 1989 Second son Joshua is born. Rick begins work on a series of TV movies for both regular and TV networks. . 1992 Starred in the series The Human Target. • 1993 At friend Jack White's urging, Rick embarks on a short summer club tour. Longtime fans greet him with open arms. • 1994 Rick signs on as Mick Barrett, one of a pair of brother detectives portrayed on the syndicated series High Tide. He moves the family to New Zealand for filming. • 1995 Season two of High Tide is filmed much closer to home in San Diego. • 1996 The third and final season of High Tide is filmed in Santa Barbara. While the producers try to change the thrust of the show to attract viewers, the show is cancelled at the end of the season. Rick is not disappointed; he is ready to go back to music. • 1997 Rick reengages with fans at the Tucson Tennis cs and performs live for the first time in years. Friend Jack White appears again for the performance. • 1997 Sahara Snow, Rick's first collaborative work since his Zoot days, is released overseas. Loyal fans hungry for new music gobble up the discs and force a second pressing. • 1998 Rick begins a tour to promote the album Karma, which while slated for release in 98, ends up not being available until the following year. • 1999 VH1's Behind the Music profiles Rick. Without an official website to handle the fan interest, the Internet spawns many fan run websites and mailing lists to connect fans together. • 1999 Rick releases Karma in April and continues touring to promote the disc. While venues fill and sell out, the disc flounders under the record company Platinum Records. When the company folds later, fans are disappointed that the disc does not reach its full potential. • 2000 Rick spends this year touring and promoting Karma. Fan interest is so high, he releases an early Limited run of his upcoming live disc, "The Greatest Hits Alive". Spots on TV, including a concert broadcast on the Today show, ensue. • 2000 In December of this year, Rick announces he has signed on to star in the Las Vegas show, EFX. The MGM Grand renames the show EFX Alive in honor of the new star, and Rick pens two original tunes for the show. • 2001 Rick debuts in EFX Alive and releases the street version of "The Greatest Hits Alive," on Universal's Hip-O label. • 2002 Rick closes his EFX Alive run on New Year's Eve after nearly two years in the role. Fans travel from all over the country to see the final shows; even Rick comments fans have made the pilgramage to Vegas to see him many, many times. • 2003 Rick hits the ground running, recording his latest release, "shock/denial/anger/acceptance" in winter and spring. • 2004 Rick releases "shock/denial/anger/acceptance" in February of 2004, following with a national tour. Buzz is strong going into the release, with press, TV and radio promotions giving the disc a head start in online preorders. Rick releases "sdaa" on his new label, "Gomer Records" and it is distributed by Red Distribution. * 2005 Rick releases new album The Day After Yesterday in the summer of 2005, featuring covers of some of his favorite songs *2005 Rick reprises role as Dr. Noah Drake on ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL in December, 2005. His character is a recovering alcoholic with a grown son who is also a doctor at General Hospital. *2006 Rick is featured in a 15-minute segment on SoapNet's Soapography in April 2006. *2006 Rick kicked off his 2006 Day After Yesterday tour in February, 2006 and has tour dates through the end of the year. Expand

Rick Springfield's Scores

Average career score: 65
Highest Metascore: 65 Venus In Overdrive
Lowest Metascore: 65 Venus In Overdrive
Score distribution:
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
65 Venus In Overdrive Jul 29, 2008 Primary Artist 9.3