‘True story’ behind ‘Jessie’s Girl’

When MTV debuted 34 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1981 – “Jessie’s Girl” was the No. 1 song in the country. And for 34 years, music fans everywhere have wondered – “Was there really a Jessie’s girl?”

This week, Jimmy Kimmel unearthed never-before-seen footage that revealed the “true story” behind the song.

Of course it’s not actually the “true story,” but it was hilarious and included RS with an 80s-style hairdo and that crazy jacket.

During the interview, RS talked about the real true story about “Jessie’s Girl,” which is just such a cool example of how one small decision you make can turn your life around. In this case, RS thinks his musical career is over – in 1979 – so he decides to pursue a career as a stained-glass maker. In a stained glass-making class, he’s attracted to a girl in the class who has a boyfriend and that scenario inspired “Jessie’s Girl,” which helped catapult his musical career.

Here’s part of the interview:

One question for Jimmy: Why did he call Rick Springfield fans crazed?

OK, the Marriott story qualifies, but Jimmy probably didn’t know about that before the interview. Are RS fans really any more crazed than fans of other musicians? Don’t other rock stars have fans who travel around the country to see their shows, attend fan events, hang out in alleys and hotel lobbies after shows, follow their musician’s every cyber move? Is that any crazier than sports fans who memorize players’ statistics, watch multiple instant replays and then have another sports show right afterward dissecting every play? Who is he calling crazed?

[Taking a moment to pause and reflect on the fact that I’ve spent nearly the whole past year blogging about my crush on Rick Springfield and have already seen him twice in concert this year (meeting him  briefly both times), have tickets for one more that I’m going out of state to attend and then just found out this week that he’s going to be performing a free concert at a fair a few miles away from my house four days earlier so of course I have to go to that one, too.]

OK, maybe call it slightly obsessed, but I prefer devoted.


There is so much going on in the world of Rick Springfield fandom, I just have to write another post about it.

1. Acclaim for his role on “True Detective” (and once again, it was make-up, he doesn’t really look like that – in case you came across this post after Googling “What happened to Rick Springfield?!”).

2. Press for “Ricki and the Flash” – he’s scheduled to be on “Jimmy Kimmel” on July 29 and likely other talk shows in the next few weeks – and the movie itself on Aug. 7. (Visit here to find out if there’s a viewing party near you.)

3. His concert tour (and I have tickets for a show in about three months- yea!).

4. Unbelievable contests – win a dinner with Rick Springfield, a sound check with Rick Springfield, a phone call from Rick Springfield, a cruise with Rick Springfield. My 13-year-old self is just blown away by the opportunities. (Although besides winning a Duran Duran T-shirt from a radio station back in high school, I haven’t had much luck with contests so my hopes are not high.) Click here for more information about the sound check or dinner contests, here for the phone call and here for the cruise. (And if you win and aren’t able to go through with it, feel free to be in touch and I’ll step in. Yes, I’m willing to help, you’re welcome.)

By the way, the dinner and sound check contests are part of the Rick Springfield Birthday Charity Campaign organized by RS fans that benefits two charities – one helping animals and one benefiting children. RS fans raised $3,000 in one week so far and there are still a few weeks left. Cool, eh?

And amid all this excitement about these strides in RS’s acting career, don’t forget that he’s also working on finishing a new CD.

Thanks, RS, for all the exciting things you are working on and we (the collective we of your fans) wish you only the best!