Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield Songfacts

This was Springfield’s second Top 20 hit (the first being “Speak To The Sky” in 1971) and it was his only #1, where it stayed for 2 weeks in August, 1981. The popularity of the song and album that summer was bolstered by the fact that Springfield, also an actor, had landed the role of Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera General Hospital earlier that spring. Springfield began acting in the mid-’70s when his music career had stalled and his then-girlfriend, actress Linda Blair, suggested he try it.

Speaking of Linda Blair, when Springfield and Blair were dating, Blair was just 15 years old while Springfield was 25. They only lived together for one year, and according to an interview on VH-1’sBehind the Music, Blair said, “He’s someone I’ll always love” while Springfield says that of all his former girlfriends, Blair is the only one he remains friends with. Remember that this was 1974, when standards were a little more relaxed, and median age of consent for most of Springfield’s native country of Australia is 16. (thanks, Dawn – Highlands Ranch, CO)

via Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield Songfacts.

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