Richard Lewis Springthorpe was born in 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. His father served in the armed forces and the Springthorpes lived in several military bases in Australia and the UK. Rick learned to play the piano aged 9 and had mastered the guitar by 13. He was influenced by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and started to write his own material a year later. Rick dropped out of school and became a professional musician. His first band was called Rock House, but they changed their name to MPD, Ltd, and toured US Military bases in Vietnam in 1968. On his return to Australia the guitarist appeared in several bands before popping up in Zoot with Beeb Birtles (founder of Little River Band).
Rick took up a solo career when Zoot broke up and had a #1 hit single in Australia, "Speak to the Sky."
In 1972 he relocated to Hollywood and signed for Capitol Records. Despite initially doing well with the US release of Speak to the sky, album and single his subsequent follow up albums were not commercially successful and Rick took to gigging around LA. He was a good looking fellow and had briefly become a teen sensation but the older Rick felt his career was in acting. He had a brief taste when in 1973 he did voice over his character in a cartoon series Mission: Magic.
Rick signed to Universal Studios in 1978 and appeared in a couple films i.e. Battlestar Galactica (1978), and Hard To Hold (1984). He got regular TV work in soaps such as The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital.
Throughout the eighties he appeared in many TV programs including The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, Suddenly Susan and in the nineties he also starred in the detective series, High Tide among others.
In 1981, he released Working Class Dog which contained two hit singles, "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything for You”.
The follow up album Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, gave him another couple of hits "Don't Talk To Strangers" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
Other hits followed including "Human Touch", "Souls", and "Affair of the Heart" but "Love Somebody" was his last top ten hit in the U.S.
In 1985 Rick dropped out of the music scene and spent more time with his family. An unfortunate accident meant he was unable to play the guitar which delayed his return to the stage but he did start to record again in 1997. Rick continues to tour.
Worth a listen:
Speak to the Sky (1972)
Jessie's Girl (1981)
I've Done Everything for You (1981)
Love Somebody (1984)
Don't Talk To Strangers (1982)
What Kind of Fool Am I? (1982)
Human Touch (1983)
Love Somebody (1984)