Rick Springfield: It’s good to be singing

 

Rick Springfield has a new album coming out Tuesday, the same day he will perform his single “Victoria’s Secret” on an episode of “General Hospital.”

No, it isn’t 1982, when he was playing Dr. Noah Drake on the ABC soap at the same time that he had a thriving career as a Grammy winning pop star with 17 top-40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything For You” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.”

Fast-forward more than 25 years and Rick, who still drops by to play Noah on occasion, will appear on the soap this week as rocker Eli Love.

“The good thing is they brought in a different character and he gets to do my new single, which I’m really happy about,” Rick said last week. “Any time you can get on TV with a new song is great.”

So why didn’t he ever sing on the show during the height of his fame?

“I never thought that was plausible,” he said. “He’s a doctor. Of course, they wanted me to do it in the ’80s. I said no. There was radio play and you didn’t need to. Plus I was fighting everyone thinking I was a soap star who wandered into the recording studio. Now I’ve been around long enough where it makes sense.”

The truth is, by the time Rick got really famous on “General Hospital,” he had already released six albums with his first hit single, “Speak to the Sky,” which made the charts way back in 1972.

At the peak of his fame, Rick’s hit albums included “Working Class Dog,” “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet,” “Living in Oz” and “Hard to Hold,” which was also the title of his motion picture debut.

“I loved it. It was great,” he said of those heady days of ’80s stardom. “There was a tough side to it as well, but I love to work.”

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