Venus in Overdrive is the 14th album by rock musician Rick Springfield. According to an interview that Springfield gave to the website Songfacts, the title track was written about his wife, Barbara Porter, whom he married in 1984.
*Rick Springfield - Lead Vocals, Guitars
*Matt Bissonette - Bass, Backing Vocals
*George Bernhardt - Guitars
*Derek Hilland - Keyboards
*Rodger Carter - Drums
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Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe; 23 August 1949) is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. As a musician, he is known for the 1981 #1 single "Jessie's Girl", which became a blockbuster of 1980s pop rock music and helped establish the emerging music video age. As an actor, Springfield is known for playing Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. He originated the character from 1981–1983 and then returned to play him again from 2005-2008.
Early life and music career
Springfield was born in Sydney, Australia, the son of an Australian army career-officer.http In 1967, he dropped out of high school to begin his professional music career. His first appearance in a band was as a singer/guitarist in the band Rock House. In 1968, the band changed the name to MPD, Ltd, then embarked on a tour of Vietnam to entertain the troops stationed there.
In 1969, Springfield replaced guitarist Roger Hicks in the Australian rock band Zoot, a position he held until the band's break-up in 1971.
The 22-year-old Springfield relocated to Hollywood, California in 1972. His debut single "Speak To The Sky" was a major pop hit, peaking at #14 in Billboard and his debut album "Beginnings" became the first of seven top 40 album successes. However, follow-up success was hampered by rumours that the record company, Capitol Records, was paying people to purchase it, leading some radio stations to boycott his music.According to the 2005 A&E documentary Rick Springfield: Behind The Image.
Springfield moved on to Columbia Records in 1973 with a barely charting single and an album that failed to chart. During this period he starred as "himself" in the ABC-TV Saturday morning cartoon series Mission: Magic!, a supernatural cartoon for which he usually wrote and performed an original song in each episode. He came close to having another top 40 pop hit in 1976 but during the late 1970s concentrated mostly on a burgeoning acting career, guest starring in a number of prime time television dramas.
Springfield was one of several performers who participated in the Live Aid charity concert. After releasing the album Tao in 1985, Springfield chose to take a break from recording to spend more time with his family, and to deal with the depression that had affected him since his adolescence.
Springfield was a judge for the eighth annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.
In 1978, he played the character of Zac in Saga of a Star World, which is, with some differences, the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series. In 1981, Springfield became a soap opera star on General Hospital. He had signed a contract with RCA Records and already recorded the album Working Class Dog, which neither he nor his agent had expected would do very well, which is why Springfield took the soap role. But the song "Jessie's Girl" went to #1, and Springfield ended up both playing the role of Dr. Noah Drake from 1981 through 1983, while simultaneously going on tour with his band. The success of the song boosted the ratings of the show, which according to Springfield "became the biggest show on TV for that summer," and the fame from the show likewise boosted the sale of the song.
In 1984, Springfield made one full length feature film, Hard to Hold, and in 1998 he played in the film Legion. In 1992, he played the title role in the short-lived ABC series Human Target, based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
In 1991, Springfield appeared in the made for tv movie, Dying to Dance,
In addition to the roles on television and in film, Springfield also acted in musical theatre. In 1995, he was a member of the original Broadway cast of the musical Smokey Joe's Cafe. This Tony Award-nominated musical featured the songs of rock & roll songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. From February 2000 through December 2002, Springfield performed in EFX Alive! at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rick stars in several episodes of the third season of Showtime's Californication. His first appearance was in episode 3 on October 11, 2009, in which he plays a "twisted version of himself"; a "hedonistic Rick Springfield" from the past.
In December 2005, Springfield was asked by the General Hospital producers to return to the show, and he returned to his role as Dr. Noah Drake after a 23-year absence. His run was subsequently extended, although as of 2007 he remains a guest star on recurring status, and not a full contract cast member.
In 1974, Springfield dated and lived with then 15-year-old actress Linda Blair. He considered it his first "grown up" relationship, despite nearly ten years' difference in their ages.
In 1985, when his first son was born, Springfield took a break from his musical career to spend more time with his family, and to deal with the depression that had affected him since his adolescence.Fox News, , O'Reilly Factor, December 27, 2007.Radio 94.5 "The Buzz" , February 2, 2006 He had also battled depression in the 1970s, when the serious illness of his father (who died on April 24, 1981) and career troubles caused him to "hit the wall" and contemplate suicide.Soapography, "Rick Springfield and Kimberly McCullough", aired June 16, 2007 on SOAPnet
Touchstone Books published Springfield's autobiography Late Late at Night on October 12, 2010. The book made The New York Times Best Seller List list on October 29 and peaked at #10 in the Hardcover Nonfiction category.
Awards and nominations
* 1982 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Jessie's Girl"
* 1983 Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "I Get Excited"
* 1983 Grammy nomination Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Don't Talk to Strangers"
* 1983 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist along with John Cougar Mellencamp
* 1984 Grammy nomination Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Affair of the Heart".
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