Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl (written by Rick Springfield and arranged by Rick Springfield, Keith Olsen, and Neil Geraldo and produced by Keith Olsen)
This song is both a classic and a slice of “white” Americana without a doubt. I know that in 1981 race relations, even within the arts, were not where they are at today, but this track is quite white.
However, it’s really the only Rick Springfield hit or otherwise that I can tolerate and unfortunately sing all the words too. “Jessie’s Girl” is one of many tunes from the late 70’s and early 80’s that set the tone and style for pop rock until in the early 90’s. It has appeared on soundtracks and when it comes on the radio or one plays it, it’s as if that genre of music is being explained to you by Rick Springfield.
To think that this was released the same year as The Pixies’ first album is a little crazy in some respects. Until the early 2000’s, genres defined the record store and the countdowns and the charts. Not too many artists had an easy time blending styles without it being defined as its own. But don’t get too jealous of Jessie, because this anthem still gets plenty of airplay (including at my house) and when you hear it during a rock-block weekend radio show, turn it up and sing along. We all know that you probably memorized most of the words…
– Mr. Richard
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