‘Hard to Hold’: 32 years ago

Rick Springfield’s film debut “Hard to Hold” came out 32 years ago today. I’m pretty sure I know what was on my 14-year-old mind that day.

Today we have access to so many interviews via the Internet, but in those days, it was all about the teen magazines. So it was fun to watch this video from 1984:

At that time, it wasn’t surprising that one of the interview questions was whether he would return to “General Hospital.” After all, his 18 months as Dr. Noah Drake propelled him to fame and not much time had passed since he’d left the show in 1983. He probably had no idea that he’d still regularly be asked to answer that same question 30 years later. (Perhaps his return to the show at different times from 2005 to 2013 reignited the question?)

A question that you probably wouldn’t hear today is whether he envisions the music video as he’s writing a song.

Even then he was gracious during an interview; he looks a little bewildered by a couple of the questions.

One question that was noticeably missing was whether there is really a “Jessie’s Girl.” I guess because although the song had reached No. 1 and won a Grammy Award, it hadn’t yet reached the status that it has today. How many times has he been asked THAT question over the years? (5 million and 4 times, according to a recent Talk Stoop interview.)

Although he often still apologizes for the film, there’s no need – he made many 220px-Hard_to_Hold_coverteenage girls very happy. And it had a great soundtrack! (My favorites are “Love Somebody,” “Taxi Dancing,” “Don’t Walk Away” and “Great Lost Art of Conversation.”)

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Ricki with Ricky a week from today!

The world premiere of “Ricki and the Flash” is next Monday and I have a screening pass in my hand – whoo hoo! What a great way to start my birthday week!

The New York Premiere Screening of “Ricki And The Flash” is on Aug. 3 and the press junket for the film is Aug. 1-2. Rick Springfield, Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer and Jonathan Demme will all be there and reporters will get to interview all of them. Pretty exciting, right?

The Aug. 3 screening pass in my hand is not, unfortunately, for the one in New York – it’s  for an advance screening on the other side of the country in Phoenix – but I’m still excited nonetheless. (Oh, did it I make it sound like I was going to New York? Well, a girl can dream, right?) I think the last time I was this excited about a movie was back in 1984 when “Hard to Hold” came out.