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April 4, 2013

Rick Springfield's long road from 'Jessie's Girl'

Night & Day — It’s been more than 30 years since Rick Springfield released his Grammy Award winning song “Jessie’s Girl,” and while he may not be at his peak in popularity it’s tough not to argue that the musician/actor isn’t at his creative peak right now.

Late last year Springfield released his 17th solo album, “Songs for the End of the World.” It’s an album chock full of powerful hooks and sing-along choruses, and it sounds fresh and exciting.

“We are very happy with it, I miss getting regular radio play because as an artist you want to share your music. It’s a huge step and I will use the album as a stepping stone to my next recording,” Springfield said during a telephone interview earlier this week, in advance of a two-night stand at the Niagara Fallsview Casino this Friday and Saturday.

Springfield rose to prominence in the early 1980s as Dr. Noah Drake on television’s “General Hospital,” as used the celebrity status to help his music career.

One of Springfield first big hits was “I’ve Done Everything for You,” a song originally written and performed by Sammy Hagar.

“I’ve known Sammy since the beginning. He was very cool and helped my get sound and everything for one of my first gigs at Santa Monica Civic. We’ve talked to each other on and off through the years. He always made jokes that the song was a hit because I was cuter than he was. Someone told me the other day that I changed the cadence in the chorus and that’s what made my version different. His version was a live version I believe, and it was rougher so we cleaned it up a bit.

The song almost wound up being recorded by another famous artist.

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