Don’t Walk Away From Bruce’s Affair Of The Heart


I had written a general overview of Rick Springfield’s career on a previous LP post and I have plenty of his singles so I wanted to kick it off with his acting since his TV career was pretty legendary (for those of you who watch the Soaps!).

In 1978, Rick got his start in acting in a role on Saga of a Star World, which was, 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 already recorded the album Working Class Dog, which wasn’t expected to do very well, which is why Springfield took the soap role. However, the song “Jessie’s Girl” went to No. 1, and Springfield ended up both playing the role of Dr. Noah Drake, while simultaneously going on tour with his band. The success of the song boosted the ratings of the show and the fame from the show likewise boosted the sale of the song.

In 1984, he made a full-length feature film titled 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. Along with other roles, from 1994 to 1997 he starred in the television series High Tide.

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 Tony Award-nominated musical Smokey Joe’s Café.

Rick has also starred in a few TV shows as himself, or a version of himself. First, he appeared on several episodes of the third season of Showtime’s Californication. He plays a “twisted version of himself”; a “hedonistic Rick Springfield” from the past. Springfield also starred in “Everything Goes Better With Vampires”, an episode of Hot in Cleveland. He played the role of a toll booth worker who pretended to be the famous singer/musician Rick Springfield in an attempt to impress women.

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. Springfield returned to General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake in April, 2013.

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Side One

Bruce

Side Two

Guenevere

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Side One

Affair of the Heart

Side Two

Like Father, Like Son

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Side One

Don’t Walk Away

Side Two

S.F.O.

Rick James’ Love Gun


I know I’ll be adding a Rick James LP to the collection eventually since I’m pretty disappointed to just have a few singles from my dad. I absolutely love Rick James. My mom once gave me a birthday card that played Super Freak and I still have it to this day because it made me so happy.

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer.

Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the United States Navy to avoid getting drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the fusion band. James’ tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon release, James moved to California to resume his duties with the group though they eventually split. James began a series of rock bands in the California area and worked with Motown as a songwriter.

In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records imprint of Motown as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. The album sold over two million copies and launched his career into the mainstream as a funk and soul artist. His most popular album, 1981’s Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to the hit singles, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”. After being credited as writer of the song, James became the 1990 recipient of a Best R&B Song Grammy for composing the song.

In addition to his own success, James emerged as a successful songwriter and producer for other artists, such as Teena Marie, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, Smokey Robinson and more.

An addiction to crack hampered his career by the late 1980s. In the 1990s, his legal troubles, which included assaulting two women while under the influence of crack, led him to serve a three-year sentence at California’s Folsom State Prison. James was released on parole in 1996 and resumed his musical career releasing the album in 1997. A mild stroke suffered during a concert in early 1998 interrupted his career for a brief time.

James received new notoriety in 2004 when he appeared on an episode of Dave Chappelle’s Chappelle Show in the Charlie Murphy “True Hollywood Stories” segment of the show, in which James’ past wild lifestyle was satirized. James died later that year from heart failure at the age of 56.

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Side One

Love Gun

Side Two

Stormy Love

You’re Sixteen


Two copies of this Ringo single. It’s always nice to have a back up but the one with the actual cover is in better condition.

“You’re Sixteen” was first performed by rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette, whose version peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960 and number 3 in the U.K. in 1961.

Ringo Starr’s cover version was released as a single in the US in December 1973, and in the UK in February 1974. In January 1974, the song, taken from the album Ringo, hit number one. The B side is Devil Woman.

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Side One

You’re Sixteen

Side Two

Devil Woman

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Side One

You’re Sixteen

Side Two

Devil Woman

Yes Sir, That’s My Poor Little Fool That I Wanna Be Loved By While Waitin’ In School


I have lots of Ricky Nelson’s 45s and a full LP so I’ve given a general background and even touched on his father Ozzie a bit. I figure that because of this, I should just jump right in to a bunch of singles. Let’s do it!

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Side One

I Wanna Be Loved

Side Two

Mighty Good

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Side One

Yes Sir, That’s My Baby

Side Two

I’m Not Afraid

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Side One

Poor Little Fool

Side Two

Don’t Leave Me This Way

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Side One

Waitin’ in School

Side Two

Stood Up

FAME!


I may have this on a single already, but I highly doubt that I have the Queen Latifah version. We mostly picked this up because of the American Horror Story rendition of Bowie. Different song, in the link but I can’t find the scene when she plays Fame on the record player. The roomie and I are both obsessed with that show and are loving the current season. No (major) spoilers, I promise!

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Fame

David Bowie

Side One

Fame 90 feat. Queen Latifah
House Mix
Gass Mix

Side Two

Hip Hop Mix
Absolutely Nothing Premeditated / Epic Mix

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Wyclef Jean ft. Claudette Ortiz of City High – Two Wrongs


Wyclef Jean ft. Claudette Ortiz of City High – Two Wrongs (composed and produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis

This song immediately brings me back to my junior year of high school when I would be bumping this incredibly loud out my sweet ride. Putting aside all alleged controversy, I still love Wyclef and really anyone who represents their culture through an American channel. “They say two wrongs don’t make it right”, but I beg to differ on this one. “Two Wrongs” is an awesome composition, particularly for the summer. Sometimes when an album is released or I discover it, the music becomes attached to a season or even just the weather. I’m not sure if Frank would have loved Wyclef as much as we do, however I’ve heard he did enjoy The Fugees.

As a lover of the television show Intervention, I sort of get a kick out of the fact that we have a song featuring one of the sober members of City High. If you never saw the episode where the pianist and singer is highlighted as a severe alcoholic, then try and find it. It’s both sad and almost like an episode of Behind The Music.

I’ll always scoop up Haitian artists while crate digging, because authentic Haitian vinyl is hard to find.

- Mr. Richard

Check out the original post HERE.